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Windows 7: Problem with changing the programs that open file types

21 Oct 2013   #1
Fish4Bass

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Problem with changing the programs that open file types

In Windows 7 Default Programs, when I try to "set your default programs" or "associate a file type or protocol with a program, I select the program or file that I want to change and click on Change program I see two recommended programs which are Windows Media Center and Windows Photo Viewer. When I choose "Other Programs", I still do not see the program shown that will open the file type. [The type of file is a .par2 file and the program that opens .par2 files is QuickPar, which I have installed into Program Files (x86) in my Home Premium version of Windows 7.]
I then click on Browse in the lower right to try to get to the QuickPar program and I see "Search Program Files" in the upper right box of the "open with" page and in the lower right hand box it says:

Programs (*.exe,*.pif,*.com,*.bat, *cmd)
The only other option below it is: All Files (*.*)

Then on the left side of the Open with window I click on OS (C), Open the Program Files (x86) folder, Scroll down to and open the QuickPar folder and click on the QuickPar.exe. When I do that rather than changing the file type to the correct program it just reopens the Open With window without any changes having been made. I cannot set the proper program to open the file type.

I also noticed that the .ico file type in the Set Associations Window of the Control Panel says the program that opens .ico files is Windows Photo Viewer and the .icon file shows Windows Live Movie Maker as the programs that opens those file types. Can anyone tell me what is going on, if those indeed are the correct programs to open .ico and .icon files, and if not how to correct that? Of course, I need to know what I need to do to be able to Set the file associations correctly without reverting back to the Open with page. I would very much appreciate your help. I have never encountered this problem before. Thank you.


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22 Oct 2013   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Main lap Asus ROG 7 Pro
 
 

Fish4bass mate your post is rather long and involved and I am not real sure of what you want to happen. But is this something you want to do. Change which programs Windows uses by default
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23 Oct 2013   #3
Fish4Bass

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Thank you

I appreciate the recommended links. I have no idea what caused the problem. Eventually, I just googled what I wanted to be able to do and found a free program that fixed the problem instantly. The program is called FileTypesMan v1.65
Copyright (c) 2008 - 2013 Nir Sofer
Web site: NirSoft - freeware utilities: password recovery, system utilities, desktop utilities
What I was unable to do after 16 hours of futility, I was able to do in about 2 minutes with this little utility.
If anyone ever has a similar problem to the one I encountered I highly recommend this free app. Thank you again, Fish4Bass
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