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Windows 7: Problem setting program defaults

02 Feb 2013   #21

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I am starting to believe that the "Microsoft Application Virtualization DDE Launcher" everyone references in regards to association is incorrect. I work on 10-20 different systems every day and not a single one of them provide the option to associate using "Microsoft Application Virtualization DDE Launcher".

Some one needs to cough up references on this.

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02 Feb 2013   #22

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

From what I have gathered the "Microsoft Application Virtualization DDE Launcher" that is referenced is only for users that are using Click to Run because this is not included with MS Office Pro Plus 2010 32bit or 64bit.

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>>>> (I'm having the same problem with .xls and .xlsx also.)
What is the problem with them ?
Can't open them ?

Did you try ...
right click at xls or xlsx > Open With > Choose default program > select Microsft Application Virtulization DDE Launcher

or Start button > Default Programs > Assoiciate a file type ot protocol with a program > under Name, scroll down to xls > look across to the right > Current Default should be Microsoft Application Virtulization DDE Launcher
If not, click Change Program ... > select Microsoft Application Virtulization DDE Launcher > click OK when done.

Hope that will help.
( FYI ... xls and xlsx will be opened in Excel window.)
The problem for .ppt, .xls, and .xlsx is all the same: the default program isn't set to be what it should be, with the result that the files fail to open when I double click them, and I cannot find a way to properly set the default program.

What is Microsoft Application Virtualization DDE Launcher? It also does not show up on the list of options for default programs - is there some way I can navigate to this?
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31 May 2013   #23

Win 7 Enterprise SP1 64-bit

I am having the same problem, only in my case, I cannot set .PNG files to open with Adobe Fireworks by default, and when I go to the 'File Associations' to change the default program for .PNG and browse to the Fireworks.exe from "Program Files (x86) > Adobe > Adobe Fireworks CS6" and select it, it's as if I had canceled instead of selected it: it doesn't show in the other programs list for me to select under the file associations even though I just browsed to and selected it.

There is a definite bug here. I had thought that perhaps because it was defaulting to open the 'Program Files' instead of 'Program Files (x86)' that that might be a problem.

In my case, it wants to 'Preview' with Windows Photo Viewer (which is in the 'Program Files'), and when I go to 'Set Associations for a program' and try to uncheck PNG from the Windows Photo Viewer list, I am not allowed. Nor am I allowed to change the default action of the PNG file association to 'Edit' instead of 'Preview'.

I am at a loss for what to do here. If anyone has a registry hack I can put in play, please let me know.
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02 Oct 2014   #24

Windows 7 64bit
.ppt default problem solved

I had the exact problem the original poster had. I inadvertently associated the wrong program with .ppt files. I could open PowerPoint & then open the file, but I could not open the file from the files icon.

I looked in the registry for the command to open PowerPoint under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT. I then right clicked on the .ppt file icon & chose "Open with..." In the browse, I typed this line.....


& then hit the "go" arrow at the end of the address bar.

This opened a whole list of program folders & it contained the Office12 folder with powerpnt.exe in it. I chose powerpnt.exe as the default program to open the .ppt file & it is fixed!!!
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