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Windows 7: Can't modify registry key even after changing permissions

30 Sep 2014   #11
pjfarr

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hey, I think I had a breakthrough!

I exported a backup of the shell subkey then attempted to delete it from the registry to try and rebuild it from scratch manually. I got an error "Cannot delete shell: Error while deleting key" but the Firefox entries I'd made under that key vanished anyway while leaving the default entries (Open, Print, etc.).

I then attempted to re-import the regfile I exported earlier and got an error "Error accessing the registry" but the Firefox entries from the regfile still reappeared.

But now I'm able to create the new "Open with Chrome" subkey under the shell key, following the same structure I used for "Open with Firefox". However, right-clicking on an URL shortcut and choosing "Open with Chrome", while it does open Chrome, it displays the "Properties" of the shortcut itself instead of the webpage of the URL. "Open with Firefox" still works properly.


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30 Sep 2014   #12
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Chrome shortcut

The Restore Ownership box will be blank if you closed the program after taking ownership. It needs to be left running when you make modifications.

Well done for getting things mostly sorted out. As far as I can work out the shortcut problem could be related to default file associations.

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How many shortcuts do you wish to create? There might be other ways to create shortcuts that work.


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30 Sep 2014   #13
pjfarr

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Nevermind, it looks like it's an issue with Chrome itself:

https://code.google.com/p/chromium/i...tail?id=114871

But the original issue with the registry permissions has been worked out, so thanks so much for the time you put into this, I really appreciate it!
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30 Sep 2014   #14
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Chrome shortcuts

Thanks for the feedback and for tracking down that issue. I was just asking about the number of shortcuts required as it's possible to add then in the desktop right click context menu to open in any browser that's installed. If you only need a few regular shortcuts you can modify the instructions in this post:

Add SevenForums shortcut to context menu
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30 Sep 2014   #15
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
More info

If you like to keep a clean desktop you can add shotcuts to open in any browser using an application launcher.

Here's an example of what I use:

Desktop remains clear until a hotkey combination is pressed and that brings up a menu.

Here's the menu along with a shortcut that will open in a non default browser.

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Here's the menu editor.

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30 Sep 2014   #16
pjfarr

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks for all the cool tweaking info! I actually am an avid tweaker, but have been trying to curb my compulsive urge to tweak. Sometimes things go wrong under the radar and I don't realize it until weeks later when I notice something is suddenly buggy and then I have no idea what tweaking may have caused it. That's probably how that reg key got f'ed up in the first place, lol.
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