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Windows 7: Difficulties changing file association . . .

28 Nov 2009   #1

Difficulties changing file association . . .

I created a subfolder in the Program Files(x86) folder containing all files for a very old programme. (Jeff Parker's Alarm)

The data file, 'alarm.alm' was incorrectly associated with IE despite my attempt to select alarm.exe. Strange. At first I thought I must have made an error. Second try to correct this and the file was now associated with Photoshop. Crazy. There was no error. No way in Hades I had selected Photoshop! I tried again and it was associated with Notepad. Time to try something else.

I then moved the subfolder out of Program Files(x86) folder and into the root menu of the C drive and the problem disappeared . . . I was able to properly associate alarm.alm with alarm.exe and all is well.

Incidentally, this programme is not "installed" in a conventional sense. There is no install file. You just copy the files, including the exe file to the drive.

No idea why being able to properly associate a file should depend on its storage location. Is there something special about Program Files(x86)?


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28 Nov 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Dawziecat, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if using the program in the tutorial below to unassociate the .alm file extension type may help.

Unassociate File Extention Type - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
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28 Nov 2009   #3


Thank you, Shawn. while my Alarm problem seems solved, I have downloaded and placed in my files for "the next time" I run into this difficulty.
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28 Nov 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

You're welcome Dawziecat.
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