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Windows 7: Weird file association prob: wrong progam selected after 'Browse'

17 Jan 2014   #1
Angstony

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 
Weird file association prob: wrong progam selected after 'Browse'

For various reasons I like to open picture files in Firefox, but something must have changed recently as jpegs suddenly started opening in MSO Picture Manager. `No problem, I thought. `I'll just re-select Firefox as the default. So I right-clicked on a .jpg file and selected 'Open with→Choose default program...'. I was quite surprised that Firefox wasn't already listed as on option – not even under the 'Other Programs' header – but again thought that shouldn't be a problem as I could just browse to it. So off I toodled to 'C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox' and double-clicked 'Firefox.exe'... but what's this? Instead of 'Firefox' getting added as an option in the list of 'Open with' programs, a second 'Notepad++' icon appeared! The first Notepad++ icon is listed under the 'Recommended Programs' header, so I guess that should be Firefox too, as it doesn't make much sense to have a text editor opening picture files – not unless you're some kind of hacker or programming guru, I guess.

Anyway, I've gotten around the immediate problem by using the excellent Default Programs Editor. But I really don't like having the standard method still acting weirdly like that, so I would appreciate any help in fixing it.


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17 Jan 2014   #2
Anak

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Hi Angstony, welcome to 7F!

This: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ociations.html should better explain how to set the defaults and this: Default File Type Associations - Restore would help in restoring any defaults that are acting up.
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17 Jan 2014   #3
Angstony

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Hi Anak, thanks for the welcome.

My problem isn't really to do with incorrect file associations although it was an incorrect file association that brought it to light. No, it's the fact that when I select a particular program in this case Firefox to become the default for opening a file type, its icon doesn't get put into the list of programs to open the file type with. Instead another program's icon is shown in this case Notepad++.

See, this is how my 'Open with' dialog looks immediately after I've clicked 'Browse' and navigated to Firefox.exe:

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17 Jan 2014   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Angstony, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Odd. You might see if reinstalling Firefox may help.
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17 Jan 2014   #5
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Your welcome,

I need to ask.

1.) Are you seeing any error messages such as: No Such Interface Supported.

2.) Do you have any add-ons/extensions or plug-ins in Firefox (FF) to facilitate the opening of .jpeg files, if you do are they up to date?

3.) Is your FF up to date? Version 26.0 is the latest stable as of this posting.

4.) If you do in #2, and FF is up to date try disabling them, and test.


If you're not seeing a message or #4 doesn't help there could be several things going on here.
  • Are you sure you do not have any malware infection?
  • A problem with the registry specifically at:
    Code:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.jpeg\OpenWithList
    and right below it
    Code:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.jpg\OpenWithList
    How comfortable are you with working with the registry? You could navigate there to see if FF is listed, Use Registry Editor - Find and Find Next and type OpenWithList or UserChoice in the Find Box. FF would more likely be in OpenWithList than UserChoice.
  • It could be a problem with unregistered system files.
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17 Jan 2014   #6
Angstony

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Angstony, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Odd. You might see if reinstalling Firefox may help.
Hi Brink, thanks for the welcome.

Yes, I've just tried that but it's made no difference. I've also tried reinstalling Notepad++, but I think that may be a red-herring because I've just realized it's the icon of whichever program is currently set to open a file type that gets added after a browse. I've been checking against .gif files as I'd already fixed the .jpg association using the Default Programs Editor utility. Although I've got no idea why gifs are associated to Notepad++.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
1.) Are you seeing any error messages such as: No Such Interface Supported.
No.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
2.) Do you have any add-ons/extensions or plug-ins in Firefox (FF) to facilitate the opening of .jpeg files, if you do are they up to date?
Well I have a Greasemonkey script that allows me to drag to resize picture files. But I've tried disabling Greasemonkey altogether in fact I've created a blank FF profile with no extensions and used that, but it's still the same.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
3.) Is your FF up to date? Version 26.0 is the latest stable as of this posting.
Yes, I have it update automatically.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
Are you sure you do not have any malware infection?
Well, as sure as I can be. MSE and SuperAntiSpyware are set to do full scans every alternate night, and neither of them has reported anything untoward.

I will check out your other suggestions some time over this weekend. I've got a bunch of work to get done now, so I can't afford to break off from that for too long. I can tell you I've tried running a registry cleaner (Wise Registry Cleaner 7) and although it reportedly found and fixed a lot of problem, it didn't fix this one.

Thanks for all your help so far.
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17 Jan 2014   #7
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

I'm trying to understand the timeline, did you use the registry cleaner before you joined SevenForums and made your first post here?

Did you or did the registry cleaner make a backup of the registry before you cleaned it?
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18 Jan 2014   #8
Angstony

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

I ran the registry cleaner after my second post before seeing any more replies. And yes, the Wise registry cleaner has a backup function built in, so I used that before trying the clean up.
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18 Jan 2014   #9
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Okay.

If your SFC scan doesn't show any integrity violations you could also try: How Do I Boot to the Last Known Good Configuration? - KB Article - 334410 | Dell

Even though the note says it may not work, I've had good results doing it. It won't hurt anything, once you make your selection your machine would just boot up.
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18 Jan 2014   #10
Angstony

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Okay, I've tried all of your suggestions now. The SFC scan found nothing wrong and booting to the last known good configuration didn't help. However, I think you may be on to something with it being a user account issue, as the problem doesn't exist within the test account I created.

I might just live with it for the time being as I've put a lot of work into configuring my profile to work just how I like it, so I'm reluctant to start over unless it's absolutely necessary.

Thanks for all your help.
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