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Internet explorer ask which program to open it with

  • Internet Explorer
  • Windows XP
Last response: in Windows XP
February 22, 2010 4:04:38 PM

WHen I click on internet explorer I get a window that pops up and asks which program I want to use to open internet explorer. It will not let me open up internet explorer. How do I fix this.

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February 22, 2010 5:06:14 PM

Are you sure you don't mean Windows Explorer (i.e. Windows built-in file explorer program)? I've seen the issue your describing many many times in Windows Explorer, but never before for Internet Explorer.

In any case, does this happen with any other program on your computer, or just Internet Explorer? If it's just Internet Explorer, there a couple of things you could try.

A. Navigate to Internet Options from Control Panel. See
if you don't know how to get there. Then select the advanced tab, and choose the reset settings option at the bottom right of that window. Then close the internet options dialog box, and try opening Internet Explorer again.

B. If that doesn't work, you should try uninstalling and reinstalling Internet Explorer, or updating your current installation. Depending on which version you have (ie7 or ie8) this process can be different. See the following two microsoft knowledge base articles for help:

Uninstalling IE7

Uninstalling IE8

Then, after Internet Explorer is uninstalled, and you've restarted your computer, you can proceed to reinstall the browser. Follow the link below to do so:

Let us know if this fixes your problem.
March 31, 2011 10:00:36 PM

Hello, I am now having the same problem as you, could you please!! tell me how you fixed this problem if you have.

Regards Ashley.
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September 28, 2011 12:22:05 AM

sigh, it might be malware, just as likely the registry keys for opening .exe files are corrupt

download and merge the exe file ssociations fix, it's about 1/4 of the way dowm the list