Cannot use "Open With..." Dialog - Windows 7 Help Forums
Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Cannot use "Open With..." Dialog

18 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Cannot use "Open With..." Dialog

This is the first Windows 7 machine I've dealt with that I've encountered this problem with. Basically, I'm trying to test out a program I'm developing (which will eventually have it's own file associations registered by an installer). I'm doing the following:

1. Right-click on the file in Explorer.
2. Select Open or Open With...
3. Click Browse.
4. Select the EXE that represents my program.
5. Click OK.

It pops me back to the Open With dialog but it doesn't add my program to the list of programs, so I cannot select it. All I have are the default options on that screen. Interestingly, I can't even add an installed program such as WinZip or Firefox to that list, so something appears to be broken. The "Always use the selected program" checkbox does not make a difference.

The file type doesn't make a difference, either. I can't, for example, open a .doc file with Firefox by using the menu.

Any tips to troubleshoot?

On a different computer, I am able to use my developed EXE to open the same file using the Open With... menu. What gives?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Did you read this thread?

"Open with" dialog broken.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Read it and tried the registry fix, thanks for finding it. Unfortunately, it did not fix the problem.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Cannot use "Open With..." Dialog

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads for2: Cannot use "Open With..." Dialog
Thread Forum
Office 2010 Slow To Show "Open" Dialog Box When Connected To Network Microsoft Office
"open with" dialog at windows startup General Discussion
Every time I open a .exe file it opens the "open with" dialog box General Discussion
"Open Action Center" dialog box won't clear General Discussion
Restore the "save or open" dialog window Backup and Restore
No Network in "Open File or Folder" dialog? Network & Sharing

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 18:19.
Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App