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Windows 7: Can't open Photoscape from the context menu

23 Nov 2012   #1
Koolbrew

Windows 7 home 64 bit
 
 
Can't open Photoscape from the context menu

Photoscape is my choice of photo editors. When I'm browsing through photos, and I want to edit a particular picture, theoretically I should be able to right-click on the photo to bring up the context menu, and then with the "open with" option, choose Photoscape as the program with which I would like to edit the photo. And if Photoscape is not listed, I should then be able to browse to it and open it with its executable file. Well it is never listed and when I browse to its executable (PhotoScape.exe) it will not open, it just sits there unresponsive, with the "open with" dialog box still open. I can chose another of the listed programs and that program will open, or I can browse to an unrelated program, Quicken, for example, and Quicken will open. There is nothing wrong with the Photoscape executable, because I can go into Windows Explorer and browse to that same .exe file, and it will open with no problem. I understand there are other ways to edit the photo with Photoscape, but I'm just hung up on why this won't work. Thank you.


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24 Nov 2012   #2
tman69

win7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

here is one possibility...anti virus programs see a .exe file as something to be blocked and may be actually blocking it (check your anti virus programs log file)--it is usually possible to launch your AV program and set an 'exception' rule to allow specific .exe files to be opened--how depends on what AV program your using.

an example of this situation: Malwarebytes and Microsoft Security Essentials don't play nice together unless you set an exception in MSE
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24 Nov 2012   #3
Koolbrew

Windows 7 home 64 bit
 
 

tman69, thanks for your reply.
I could see this as a possibility if ALL .exe files were blocked, but I can open any of the suggested programs, and any executable I browse to except the Photoscape executable. I'm just wondering why it is only this one .exe file that I cannot open.
However, just to be sure, and to leave no stone unturned, I disabled my AV program, and I still was not able to open Photoscape in the context' menu's "open with" command.

Again, thanks for taking the time to reply to my post!
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24 Nov 2012   #4
tman69

win7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

have you tried going into the 'default programs' control panel and setting Photoscape as default?

although note: some 'free' programs don't have the code to function this way as they usually don't use an installer (PhotoFiltre is an example) they just run in place--I use PhotoFiltre, it works perfectly, but it does NOT show in the 'Programs and Features' control panel--I don't have it set as default, nor does it show in the context menu--but I don't use that kind of workflow.
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