Trouble with file extensions

rupam.db

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May 29, 2012
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Before I installed "The Unarchiver" exe files just showed a black icon...
After installing it the unarchiver tries to open it and fails every time. So I unchecked the file association for windows executive files in the unarchiver preferences... still exe files were associated with unarchiver. So deleted it. Now every time I double click the exe file it opens up in textedit....I know exe files are not supported in mac. I just want the default file association settings that the unarchiver messed up with...



So I tried this command but still no changes...

Code:
/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user
Somebody please suggest me a solution. Also can somebody explain the command?
Thanks in advance :)
 
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Weaselboy

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Do command-i on an .exe file and in the Open with area change it to whatever you want (mine shows only Unarchiver and App Store or Other... as options). Then click change all.
 
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GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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Now every time I double click the exe file it opens up in textedit....I know exe files are not supported in mac. I just want the default file association settings that the unarchiver messed up with...
TextEdit is the default, as Mac OS X doesn't recognize .exe files as an executable file type.
 
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iVoid

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Jan 9, 2007
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Unarchiver is associated with EXE files by default because some EXE files are self-extracting files (on windows) and Unarchiver can extract those files on a Mac.

But regular windows programs (what most .exe files are) can't run on Macintosh.

If you wan to run them, you either have to get Parallels or VMware to run windows or setup bootcamp to boot into Windows.
 
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