Dynamics AX the Setup wizard does not start, EXE file is opening a Microsoft Visual Studio

Issue Detail:

When you click Microsoft Dynamics AX EXE file in the initial installation. It’s opening a Microsoft Visual Studio instead of Installation Wizard.


By default, HTML Application Host is the program that is associated with the .hta file type. However, if Microsoft Visual Studio is installed on Windows Server 2012, the .hta file type can be associated with Visual Studio instead


To resolve this issue, you can use one of the following options:

  • Before you run Setup, use the Default Programs Control Panel to associate the .hta file type with the HTML Application Host program.
  • If you are prompted to choose a program with which to open setup.exe, choose HTML Application Host.
  • Right-click the file setup.exe and choose Run as administrator.
  • Right-click the file setup.exe and choose Properties. Click the Compatibility tab. Under Compatibility mode, select Windows 7.