Fix can not open EXE file in Windows 10

Can not open and run EXE file in Windows is not a new issue and sadly it can still happen from time to time, luckily this step by step solution will help you to resolve this problem fast and effective in no time.

Try the below solutions in no particular order and I hope that you will solve the issue fast and be able to return to using the computer like it never happened

  1. Run SFC scan

    As the EXE file not opening issue lies in the Windows OS, the SFC tool will be able to identify the cause and fix this issue.
    Press ⊞ WINDOWS + X and choose command prompt (admin)
    in command prompt type: sfc /scannow
    Press ENTER

  2. Check registry and modify if needed

    Sometimes value in the registry key is wrong and can cause this error, in order to check if this is the case, we will open the registry editor and find out
    Press ⊞ WINDOWS + R to bring run dialog up
    type in it: RegEdit and press ENTER
    In the left pane of the Registry Editor window, click on the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT to expand the section
    Scroll down to find out the .exe registry and click on it
    Go to the right pane of the window and double-click on the Default and set the Value Data as exefile
    Click on the OK button
    Next, located the given in the window:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT>exefile>shell>open>command
    Click on the “Command” in the left pane of the window
    In the right pane of the window double-click on the Default and set Value Data as “%1” %*
    Click on the OK button
    Restart your computer and check if the issue persists

  3. Turn off Firewall and defender

    If you have a firewall and antivirus active there might be a chance of a conflict and that firewall or antivirus is preventing the EXE file from starting, disable your firewall and anti-virus and try again to open the EXE file.

  4. Turn off user account control

    User account control can also like a firewall prevent some files from executing, go into accounts and turn off user account control to see if this might be an issue preventing you from opening the file.

Congratulations, you have just fixed the can not open EXE file error in Windows 10 all by yourself. If you would like to read more helpful articles and tips about various software and hardware visit errortools.com daily.

Now that’s how you fix the can not open EXE file error in Windows 10 on a computer. On the other hand, if your computer is going through some system-related issues that have to get fixed, there is a one-click solution known as Restoro you could check out to resolve them.

This program is a useful tool that could repair corrupted registries and optimize your PC’s overall performance. Aside from that, it also cleans out your computer for any junk or corrupted files that help you eliminate any unwanted files from your system. This is basically a solution that’s within your grasp with just a click. It’s easy to use as it is user-friendly. For a complete set of instructions in downloading and using it, refer to the steps below

Perform a full system scan using Restoro. To do so, follow the instructions below.

  1. Download and install Restoro from the official site.
  2. Once the installation process is completed, run Restoro to perform a full system scan.
    restoro application screen
  3. After the scan is completed click the “Start Repair” button.
    restoro application screen
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