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Windows 7: How do you delete /OpenWithProgids

30 Mar 2011   #11
marsmimar

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Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

It might be helpful to review exactly what the registry is and what it was meant to do.

The Windows Registry

A lot of people will say Windows 7 registy is not the same as Windows 98 or even Windows XP. And that's certainly true. But the basic underlying function is still the same . . . It keeps track of all software installed on the computer and (perhaps most importantly) how each program relates to and interacts with all the other programs on the computer. And this is where many registry editors/cleaners give the appearance that they're not doing the cleanup very well.

Let's say you uninstall Program A. It's very possible that Program A hooked itself into a couple hundred registry keys, and some of those keys belong to Program B and Program C. A registry cleaner (at least the reputable ones) will err on the side of caution and NOT remove the registry entries JUST IN CASE they are still needed by Programs B and C. Personally, I'd rather have a few hundred or even a few thousand unneeded registry entries than to have a program crash because a needed key was mistakenly removed.

And to repeat an often stated fact, Windows 7 is not your father's Windows XP where tweaks and cleaners were the norm in order to keep XP working the way it was supposed to.


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30 Mar 2011   #12
wilywombat

win7
 
 

That link in post #11, whilst informative for XP and earlier versions does not apply to windows seven so , whilst a useful read for history purposes, it does not apply to the problem in hand.(except the cautions and reference to backing up the registry!!)
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30 Mar 2011   #13
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wilywombat View Post
That link in post #11, whilst informative for XP and earlier versions does not apply to windows seven so , whilst a useful read for history purposes, it does not apply to the problem in hand.(except the cautions and reference to backing up the registry!!)
Exactly my point. Windows 7 is NOT Windows XP and doesn't need all the tweaks and registry cleaners. But the PURPOSE of the registry is still the same.
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30 Mar 2011   #14
wilywombat

win7
 
 

Yeah, I agree...we could do with a good windows 7 registry description document something similar.
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31 Mar 2011   #15
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Hello and my Apologies,
For some reason, I haven't received email of the numerous posts, and have been busy elsewhere. I have changed the association, no luck. I have physically searched the appdata files and removed any Ifanview anythings, oh by the way it is happening with the Foxit pdf files and it was removed before Ifanview. I certainly appreciate all you suggestions and viewpoints. Will attempt to rid myself using any and all methods mentioned. Thanks again.
Will let you know if there is success. Really appreciate it.
Glenn
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31 Mar 2011   #16
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You could have a look with RegScanner - search - then rt click each entry and Jump to key.

RegScanner: Alternative to RegEdit find/search/scan of Windows

I know you can do a similar search with Regedit - but this finds and lists them all in one go - bit more convenient.
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31 Mar 2011   #17
wilywombat

win7
 
 

Have you tried my suggestion in post #8 yet? It should work.
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31 Mar 2011   #18
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Howdy,
I have first tried blazerguitar831's suggestion. I manually went in and yes there were Iranview openwithids. I deleted them. It may take a bit before I'm sure that it worked or not. Well Revo Uninstaller Pro didn't get them all. I wish me luck.
Be back.
BTW, thanks blazerguitar831!!!
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31 Mar 2011   #19
blazerguitar831

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by glennc View Post
BTW, thanks blazerguitar831!!!
You're welcome. But you might want to hold on to your gratitude for just a bit. After a recent restart I ran a registry scan and the errors returned. The deleted entries also returned in the registry. If sevenforums can't provide a solid solution to this problem we have then I doubt any other Windows 7 related forum can help us. Default Programs fail. Redundant file extensions related to the removed program still exist. System Restore fails. "When all else fails," a good clean install of the OS works every time. I've done a clean install more than half a dozen times in the past year and a half I've been using Win 7. Before Win7SP1 I could have my PC back online and looking as if I never installed Winamp in less than four hours from starting the clean install. After SP1, a little over five hours. But if a clean install is not an option for you or you would rather continue searching for a registry solution, then good luck my friend. And you're still welcome.
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31 Mar 2011   #20
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Dunno why I bother posting.
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