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Windows 7: Add a program to the list of Default Programs?

17 Apr 2012   #21
radeks11

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vindu View Post
As a reply to thread starter's wish to add a program to the list of Default Programs, please have a look at my blogposts here:
I hope this may be of help for someone out there :-)
It's helped me a lot. In my case the only change was to change path in Registry Editor:
I had to change: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\.

I think it because of x64 bit system.


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28 Jan 2013   #22
pxfragonard

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
This problem is due to the fact that the program has not registered itself on installation. A program typically registers itself on installation by means of a new entry in the system registry. It is possible to manually include registry entries provided you know what and where.

See if this freeware program is of any help. It was supposed to be originally featured on GHacks.

Home | Default Programs Editor
Thanks Bill2. At least you understand the problem isn't file types but programs and I think your assessment is correct. Do you think that uninstalling and re-installing the program might work? The program I now use to upload photos from my camera uses an EOS utility I no longer use. I thought I might uninstall that first and then uninstall/reinstall Lightroom and hope it installs itself in the default menu. Does that make sense? I'm going to look at the freeware though....
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17 Nov 2013   #23
mrbi11

windows 7 home premium 64 and others
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
This problem is due to the fact that the program has not registered itself on installation. A program typically registers itself on installation by means of a new entry in the system registry. It is possible to manually include registry entries provided you know what and where.

See if this freeware program is of any help. It was supposed to be originally featured on GHacks.

Home | Default Programs Editor
useful, but still this wont add a program if it isnt on the list
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17 Nov 2013   #24
mrbi11

windows 7 home premium 64 and others
 
 

see How do I add new applications to the "Set Default Programs" list in Windows Vista/7? - Super User

notably the list of programs showing up in set default programs is in
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\RegisteredApplications
and your program needs to be listed in
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\(your program)
If you look at other programs listed there, you can probably guess
how to fill in the entries.
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29 Jan 2014   #25
JimReid45

Windows 8.1 64 bit
 
 
Didn't work

I have tried everything mentioned above and cannot get EditPlus to show up of available programs. I put it in the registry as advised....nothing. In the area where it says "Registered programs" there is no instructions on what to put in here. I did ad EditPlus and the path to the registry as instructed but it didn't change anything as to what is in the list.

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24 Aug 2014   #26
julesTex

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Registry script to add a default action.

The people on this thread are not crazy. I think I used to be able to add new executables in earlier versions on windows but it does not work anymore.

Below is an example of how I added an image viewer as the default action in explorer. You can edit the below code, save as a *.reg file, and execute it.

Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\jpegfile\shell]
@="View"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\jpegfile\shell\View]
@="View"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\jpegfile\shell\View\command]
@="\"E:\\cjuliano\\Utilities\\Utilities Misc\\JPEGView_1_0_25_1\\JPEGView.exe\" \"%1\""
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31 Aug 2014   #27
Frank4

Windows x64
 
 
Bill2's Default Programs Editor DOES work!

I'm running Windows 64bit and had the problem alluded to by the original poster. When I right-clicked on a .jpeg file, I could not see Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 in the "Open with...." list of programs.
I tried everything but could not get Windows to see (or add) this program to the Default Programs List.
I downloaded Bill2's suggested program and at first didn't see a way to add an installed program to the Default Programs list in the Control Panel, but DID find a way to add it to the right-click context menu's "Open With..." list.
Upon startup of Default Programs Editor, a window will pop up asking "Which settings would you like to edit? Click the first: "File Type Settings"
On the new page, look at bottom left and click on "Change 'Open with' programs".
Next will be a window listing all file types. In my case, I went down to ".jpg" because I wanted the ability to open that with Photoshop CC 2014. After selecting the desired file type whose right-click context menu you want to change, click "Next" at bottom right.
The next window will be the current list of programs in the right-click context menu "Open with..." list. In my case, Photoshop was NOT appearing, and I wanted it to.. So, I clicked the "Add..." button and navigated to Photoshop CC 2014 on my hard drive. After highlighting that program, you next click "Open" at bottom right.
This returns you to the Default Programs Editor Window and you next click "Save 'Open with' List" and you're done. Lastly, quit Default Programs Editor.
Now, when I right-click on any .jpg file, the context menu shows Photoshop CC 2014.
I repeated this process to get .tiff files to show Photoshop CC 2014 on their right-click menu and problem solved.
Interestingly, in Control Panel Default Programs, Photoshop CC 2014 does not appear, but I guess...so what?
Thanks, Bill2, I contributed some money to the author of that program to thank them for solving that problem for me.
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25 Sep 2014   #28
Finiderire

Windows 7 Pro 32bits with Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
This problem is due to the fact that the program has not registered itself on installation. A program typically registers itself on installation by means of a new entry in the system registry. It is possible to manually include registry entries provided you know what and where.

See if this freeware program is of any help. It was supposed to be originally featured on GHacks.

Home | Default Programs Editor
Thanks, that is still a must have. I was also working with Coffee (The Portable Freeware Collection - Coffee), which basically does the same thing, but acting as an overlay instead of fixing the real issue, meaning it does not always work unlike Default Prog. Editor.

a+,=)
-=Finiderire=-
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26 Sep 2014   #29
NDVEngraving

Windows 8 64
 
 

I am on windows 8 and ran into the same stump. Bill2 has the explanation to this problem. But iansalcedo has the best answer. I did exactly what iansalcedo said to do and and by doing so you will realize there is no need to have the program you want to do in the list aforementioned. Thanks iansalcedo. Now if I can only understand why google chrome suddenly stopped working on windows 8. Anyone have an answer for this? Believe me when I say I have done everything said to do to correct the problem...?
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