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Recently I noticed that .exe files were not running when told to, simply doing nothing when double-clicked or right click > Run or Open was selected.

Investigating the issue, I found the 'Windows has blocked this, click to unblock' button, but to no avail - after doing so the files instead throw up the 'Windows cannot access the specified path' error message when I attempt to run them.

Hours of trying to find a solution to this have left me empty-handed and on the verge of murdering someone, I'm so frustrated. I have already checked the Security tab for the .exe in question (currently it is the setup program for Steam, since that was refusing to start up and getting stuck in an endless update loop, hence why I uninstalled it in the first place) and all users are considered to have Full Control over the file, so it isn't that. 'Running as Administrator', both directly from the context menu and from the 'Compatibility' tab in Properties, produced the same error message.

I tried running the file in Safe Mode, and that works, suggesting that the problem is not really one of permissions, but there I hit a brick wall.

Following instructions to modify the registry in order to 'fix' .exe problems led only to creating different ones (such as trying to open the right-click context menu causing explorer to crash) so I was forced to undo them, and a self-touted 'Exe Fix' .reg file refused to be imported to RegEdit regardless of the method I tried, claiming that 'some of the keys are open or in use'

Searching online has proven completely fruitless beyond this, and I am at the end of my tether. All I wanted to do was play some Steam games, and instead I find my computer apparently rebelling against me and trying to tell me what I can and cannot do with my own files, despite all logic pointing to the contrary (the aforementioned full control permissions). Nothing is quite as infuriating, and I'm about ready to cause serious property damage in sheer frustration.

Help me avoid that eventuality, please!
Date: Aug 13, 2017   


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