This post will go over how to fix “This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action”. This is a very tough issue to fix because when no exe files have a program associated with opening them you can’t run 99% of your programs!. Luckily I have made a very easy step-by-step to help you with solving this corrupt exe extension issue!
I had a client that couldn’t open .hlp file on Windows 7. Since Windows Vista and now Windows 7 .hlp file could not be natively opened. In order to view the .hlp files you must download a program from Microsoft.
Some software claims to be portable, but how do we know if it is really portable or not? I remembered back in the days when everyone was using Windows 98, a lot of “hacking tools” especially nukers are just one single executable file but it still requires dependency files such as winsck.ocx, msvbvm60.dll and etc. If those DLL or OCX files are not registered in your system32 folder, you won’t be able to run the program.
Part of the SP2 package
Service Pack Cleanup Tool In Vista SP2 To Clean up Old RTM & SP1 Backup Files
The recently released Windows Vista SP2 has shown significant enhancement and improvement in terms of compatibility, reliability, performance, and speed compared to the earlier SP1. If users had noticed, after installing the Vista SP2, the hard disk’s space had been taken up substantially. This was mainly because a lot of old Vista RTM and SP1 backup files and components were not deleted upon the installation of new SP2.
To housekeep your hard disk and clean up those old and unused SP1 backup files, users probably can try the new Service Pack Cleanup Tool which is also named as compcln.exe. This successor for SP1 cleanup tool, Vsp1cln.exe, can easily remove all the system files (RTM & SP1) inherited from the older versions but replaced by Vista SP2.
Running this compeln.exe tool is pretty simple:
- Click Start>All Programs>Accessories>Command Prompt or click Start>Run and type cmd to open Command Prompt Windows
- Execute the command “Compcln.exe”. The path is “c:\Windows\System32 \compcln.exe”.
- Users will be prompted a question whether to keep Vista SP2 permanently in the system.
- Once users type “Y” and press enter, the system will start performing the windows components clean
After the cleansing process, users will notice the free hard disk space has increased substantially.
Microsoft is making their OS’s more secure
Depending on your background, you may find different sections of the newly published Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) to be of more interest. In today’s post, we would like to highlight the section on infection rates based on the operating system (OS) version and the service pack level. Microsoft has consistently observed that machines with newer OS and with more recent service packs are less likely to be infected by malware. The graph below shows the number of computers having malware removed per 1,000 executions of the MSRT on that OS/SP during the second half of 2008 (2H08).
In the SIR, you will find the the following conclusions based on this data:
- The infection rate for Windows Vista is significantly lower than that of its predecessor, Windows XP, in all configurations.
- Comparing the latest service packs for each version, the infection rate of Windows Vista SP1 is 60.6 percent less than that of Windows XP SP3.
- Comparing the RTM versions of these operating systems, the infection rate of the RTM version of Windows Vista is 89.1 percent less than that of the RTM version of Windows XP.
- The infection rate of Windows Server 2008 RTM is 52.6 percent less than that of its predecessor, Windows Server 2003 SP2.
- The higher the service pack level, the lower the rate of infection. This trend can be observed consistently across client and server operating systems.
There are two reasons for this:
- Service packs include all previously released security updates. They can also include additional security features, mitigations, or changes to default settings to protect users.
- Users who install service packs generally maintain their computers better than users who do not install service packs and may also be more cautious in the way they browse the Internet, open attachments, and engage in other activities that can open computers to attack.
Server versions of Windows typically display a lower infection rate on average than client versions. Servers tend to have a lower effective attack surface than computers running client operating systems as they are more likely to be used under controlled conditions by trained administrators and to be protected by one or more layers of security. In particular, Windows Server 2003 its successors are hardened against attack in a number of ways, reflecting this difference in usage.