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Windows 7: Open With - Change Default Program


05 Jun 2009   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Open With - Change Default Program

How to Change the Default Program a File Type Opens With in Windows 7

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28 Jul 2009   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Steephan,

See if creating new shortcuts directly from the source file (ex: .exe file) will have them work instead.

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29 Jul 2009   #11
steephan

W7 32bit & UBUNTU 64bit
 
 

Not at all :/
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29 Jul 2009   #12
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I hate to say it, but you may need to do a clean install then.
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29 Jul 2009   #13
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Going back a few posts to the one where Shawn suggested a REG file, did you merge this using a standard account or one with administrative privileges? Try again, this time in an account with administrative privileges. If that doesn't work, then I'm afraid that a reinstall may well be your only option.
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29 Jul 2009   #14
steephan

W7 32bit & UBUNTU 64bit
 
 

There is no option "run as admin.." on right click. How to login as admin in Windows 7? In xp it was double "alt ctr del" then typing user, here dosnt work :/
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29 Jul 2009   #15
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Unless you have changed it into a standard account, the one you created when you first installed is the one you should use.
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29 Jul 2009   #16
steephan

W7 32bit & UBUNTU 64bit
 
 

have default acc, so no hope for me :]
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19 Jan 2010   #17
dosucol

 
 

This is a lot easier than with my previous Os,xp pro,notably the icon changes to reflect the new choice .As what i used to find previously ,is when i changed the default programme to what i wanted to use, the old icon would remain showing.

One more thing,how do you remove the old program from the right click "open with" list ?
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19 Jan 2010   #18
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Dosucol,

In Regedit, you can navigate to these two locations for a file extension to see if it has the Open With item listed to be deleted. Be sure to create a restore point first in case you make a mistake and need to do a system restore to undo it.


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\(file extension)\OpenWithProgids

OR

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\(file extension)\OpenWithList

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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19 Jan 2010   #19
dosucol

 
 

Thanks for the help,but there's a but coming.There is nothing in the classes_root ,only in the first reg location,so i deleted the old software (from the reg) that was linked to it,(an .iso file)but when i close then re open and right click then open with,the old program is still in the list ,i it also re appears in the registry exactly where i deleted it's entry from !

So i have a feeling it is the software which has associated itself with the .iso extension and it's this that needs tinkering with !The only problem being that this piece of software is known for only working with one type of image file and .iso is not that type .
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