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Windows 7: Running a default program by double-clicking file icon

10 Aug 2011   #1
King Drax I

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 
Running a default program by double-clicking file icon

I'm using Win7 Home Premium 64-bit, and I'm using the program Expressit 3.1 to create my CD labels.

I downloaded it from here:
exPressit SE - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

Now, the files it creates, of which I have several made using its previous version, 3.0, are suffixed .exp. I have set my Win7 installation so that ExpressIt is the default program to open these files. Double-clicking an .exp file should therefore open that CD label in the ExpressIt program.

However, when I double-click an .exp file, the ExpressIt program does not open so that I can work with the file. If I run the ExpressIt program first, then 'Open' the file from within the program, it all works fine. (The problem with this 'workaround' is that when going to Open the file, its default directory is nowhere near the directories containing my .exp files and takes ages to browse to, so I don't want to do it like that).

So, is there some sort of setting I have missed out that prevents the program running when I double-click the .exp file icons? Or is there a tweak I can use?


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10 Aug 2011   #2
speedgamer01

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1
 
 

When you selecz the default program use the browse button to locate any other .exe files in the expressit directory, and see if it works.
I can be the problem, that the .exe that you have associated the file extensio with is just an app laucnher exe and not the main software, which can hadle the files.
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10 Aug 2011   #3
King Drax I

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

Good idea, thanks; unfortunately the only .exe file in the directory is the actual ExpressIt exe file, the one I run to get the program to start.

I have also tried right-click, Open and selecting that file; that doesn't work either, and finally opening a file in the program and then re-saving it immediately so that it's in any 'new' format that might have been introduced. Still no joy.

This is most odd.

The other thing is that even when I mess about in the Troubleshoot Compatibility functions, when I use the 'Start Program' button to see if a particular compatibility mode works, it does not start there either. It only starts from either directly double-clicking its .exe file or a shortcut pointing to it.
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10 Aug 2011   #4
King Drax I

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

Ah, now I have closed the Troubleshooter function and it says it's detected an 'incompatible application'. This too is odd as I have just used it to print out some labels very nicely.
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10 Aug 2011   #5
speedgamer01

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1
 
 

Um, have you tried reinstalling it?
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10 Aug 2011   #6
King Drax I

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by speedgamer01 View Post
Um, have you tried reinstalling it?
Oh, call me a dunce I should have thought of that; I'll try that next! Another good idea, thanks
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10 Aug 2011   #7
King Drax I

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

Tried reinstalling, no joy. Good idea, though
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