There is definitely something about your environment that is causing that issue. Think about it: Does it make sense that MUI IE--especially after all this time since Windows 8 was first released--that it would not be able to download files with their proper extensions?Yes, of course I can rename is manually and all that jazz, but it definitely deducts from the overall user experience when you select "run" and nothing happens.
To address a few of the questions:
I am using MS sec. essentials, have it on the 'normal' settings.
When I attempt to execute the file (double click on it), I get a dialogue box asking me what do I want to use to open up the file (as windows does not recognize the extension; and rightfully so).
So what happens when you try to download a non-Exe file? For example, download the following PDF:
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Do you get the same issue? If you do not then it more and more is pointing to some sort of security/antivirus setting that is "protecting" you from downloaded Exe files.
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