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Open with - Opening to Notepad or a Error Fix

Fix Open with "Choose default program" No Program Associated Error in Vista and Windows 7
Published by Brink
06 Dec 2010
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Fix Open with "Choose default program" No Program Associated Error in Vista and Windows 7


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This will show you how to fix Open with when you right click on a file and select Open with and click on Choose default program, then have Notepad open, get a Access is denied error, or a This file does not have a program associated with it error.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.


EXAMPLE: Error Message
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Here's How:
1. Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
NOTE: This restores the default registry entries for HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown.
Restore_Open_With.reg

download
2. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

3. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

4. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK.

5. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

6. Now try using Open with again.
That's it,
Shawn





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23 Dec 2011   #1
clarkhall

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 
reg file opens in notepad

When I get to #4 and click "run", the reg file opens in Notepad.
Now what?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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23 Dec 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Clark, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you do not see a Merge option when you right click on the REG file, then you will need to check in Default Programs to set the reg file extension to have it's Current Default program set as Registry Editor (C:\Windows\regedit.exe). Afterwards, try merging the REG file again.

If afterwards, you also have other file extensions opening with notepad as well, then you could use the tutorial below to restore the default associations for that file extension.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

Hope this helps,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Dec 2011   #3
clarkhall

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 

Shawn,

Thank you for the quick reply.
I do have the Merge option.
After I click on "Merge" and then "Run", the file then opens in Notepad, so there are no options to click "yes" and "yes".

Clark
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Dec 2011   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Did you check in Default Programs to make sure that the reg file extension has it's Current Default program set as Registry Editor (C:\Windows\regedit.exe)? Afterwards, try merging the REG file again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Dec 2011   #5
clarkhall

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 

After setting the reg file extension to have it's Current Default program set as Registry Editor, I no longer have the Merge option when right clicking on the file on my desktop. The top option is now Open. Clicking on it and choosing Run does not solve the problem.

Clark
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Dec 2011   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Clark,

Ok. See if doing a system restore at boot instead using a restore point (if available) dated before you had this issue may be able to help undo and fix it.

I would also recommend to do a full scan your system with MalwareBytes free for malware just to be safe.
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