You might encounter situation where you may not able to open any .exe files or shortcut link files i.e. EXE or LKN files. You might instead get a “Open with” dialog box or it may open the file in another program. This happens if the file association of these file extensions may have got corrupted.
To rectify the situation, I suggest you download and apply the following registry fixes.
– For fixing the .exe file extension download this EXE Fix.
– For fixing the .lnk file extension download this LNK Fix.
Right on the File and Click on Merge.
You will get the following warning:
Click Yes and reboot the system.
If the icons didn’t show up correctly then you might need to rebuild the Icon cache.
A corrupted Registry, caused either by a bad software or malware or any other reason, can lead to your Windows being unable to open a particular file type.