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Windows 7: file associations

06 Feb 2011   #1
Quelle

Window 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
file associations

I am experiencing a change in the way my PC works. If I do Start>Computer and then click on, say, my C: drive (but it happens for all drives) I get that darned message "The file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action....etc". If I right click and choose "open", then I get the list of subfiles as expected if I had just clicked on C:. Clicking on any of these subfiles gives the same error message, but rightclick>open works again.

In summary, I cannot open files by clicking on them, but right clicking and choosing "open" does the job.

Something has happened, but I cannot find a solution particularly since I am not sure what is the extension of a file such as C:

Any help greatly appreciated! (this is on my Windows 7 32-bit machine)

Quelle


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06 Feb 2011   #2
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Hello and welcome,

Try this - Manage - Fix "File does not have a program associated"

If your facing problems with files also, try this also - Default File Type Associations - Restore
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06 Feb 2011   #3
Quelle

Window 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Many thanks Ezio. I hit download and it didn't give me the option to save, but seemed to add something to my registry after a couple of windows asking if I wanted to continue - which is a little worrying...
Quelle
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06 Feb 2011   #4
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Hello,
what browser you used to download? You may have accidentally clicked Open instead of Save and so the prompt to add something to the registry.
If you've not added the registry entries yet, re-download and double-click and click yes when prompted. Log off and log on. See if its solved.
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06 Feb 2011   #5
Quelle

Window 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi Ezio
I'm using IE. I tried again, and all went as you suggested, but it didn't fix the problem. So I tried the second approach and successfully got into the registry, but there was no HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile. There was an Inifile, and one or two files beginning with Ink, but no HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile.
Hmm

Quelle
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06 Feb 2011   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Quelle,

Downloading and merging the lnk (LNK) option in the tutorial below will restore the default HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile entry back for you.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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06 Feb 2011   #7
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Hello,

When you download the .reg file, right click it and select properties and click 'Unblock' if its there. Apply>OK.

Now, try to merge it to the registry again.

Are you using a admin account or an standard account?
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07 Feb 2011   #8
Quelle

Window 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Thanks

Many thanks Ezio and Brink, although quite a daunting list of things to do now the working week is upon me. I'll come back to it in a few days. Meanwhile, would it all clear up if I reinstalled Windows 7?

Best wishes and thanks again

Quelle
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07 Feb 2011   #9
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

Yes, a re-install will resolve all these issues.
Here's a tutorial for it- SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
By the way, didn't above methods work?
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07 Feb 2011   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Quelle View Post
Many thanks Ezio and Brink, although quite a daunting list of things to do now the working week is upon me. I'll come back to it in a few days. Meanwhile, would it all clear up if I reinstalled Windows 7?

Best wishes and thanks again

Quelle
You're welcome Quelle.

Yes, a clean install of Windows 7 would fix it, but you might give the above a try first to see if may be able to fix it for you without having to through the long time to reinstall everything.
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