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"Always use selected program" - Always Checked or Unchecked

How to Have "Always use selected program" Always Checked or Unchecked in "Open with"
Published by Brink
23 Oct 2011
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How to Have "Always use selected program" Always Checked or Unchecked in "Open with"


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This will show you how to have the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file check box to always be checked or unchecked by default in the Open with dialog box in Windows 7 and Vista.

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OPTION ONE
To Have "Always use selected program" Check Box Always Unchecked by Default
1. Go to the site below, or click on the Download button below, to download the MyOpenAs.zip file.
How to display the "Open With" dialog box with the "Always associate this program" checkbox unchecked by default | The Hows and Whys of Windows

OR

download


OR

(Direct download below)

download
2. Click on Save, save the zip file to your desktop, and extract all (drag and drop) contents of the zip to your desktop. (see screenshot below)
-extracted-contents.jpg
3. Do either step 4 or 5 below depending on if you have 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit(x64) Windows 7 or Vista installed.

4. If you have 32-bit (x86) Windows 7 or Vista Installed
A) Open the extracted x86 folder from step 2, and copy and paste the MyOpenAs.dll file into the C:\Windows\System32 folder.

B) If prompted, click on Continue and Yes to approve pasting it into the C:\Windows\System32 folder.

C) Go to step 6.
5. If you have 64-bit (x64) Windows 7 or Vista Installed
A) Open the extracted x64 folder from step 2, and copy and paste the MyOpenAs.dll file into the C:\Windows\System32 folder.

B) If prompted, click on Continue and Yes to approve pasting it into the C:\Windows\System32 folder.

C) Go to step 6.
6. Right click on the extracted MyOpenAs.reg file from step 2, and click on Merge.

7. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC-Windows 7) or Continue (UAC-Vista), Yes, and OK.

8. Go to the site below, and follow the instructions there.
How to display the "Open With" dialog box with the ?Always associate this program? checkbox unchecked by default ? Part III | The Hows and Whys of Windows



OPTION TWO
To Have "Always use selected program" Check Box Always Checked by Default

NOTE: This is the default setting.
1. Go to the site below, or click on the Download button below, to download the MyOpenAs.zip file.
How to display the "Open With" dialog box with the "Always associate this program" checkbox unchecked by default | The Hows and Whys of Windows

OR

download

OR

(Direct download below)

download
2. Click on Save, save the zip file to your desktop, and extract all (drag and drop) contents of the zip to your desktop. (see screenshot below)
-extracted-contents.jpg
3. Right click on the extracted MyOpenAs_RestoreDefaults.reg file from step 2, and click on Merge.

4. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC-Windows 7) or Continue (UAC-Vista), Yes, and OK.

5. Open the C:\Windows\System32 folder in Windows Explorer, and delete the MyOpenAs.dll file. (see screenshot below)
-system32.jpg
6. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes (Windows 7) or Continue (Vista) to approve deleting it.

7. Go to the site below, and follow the instructions there.
How to display the "Open With" dialog box with the ?Always associate this program? checkbox unchecked by default ? Part III | The Hows and Whys of Windows
That's it,
Shawn






26 Oct 2011   #1
nondisposable

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

This should be the default factory setting. I find unbelievable that Microsoft went to such extent to make their OS secure, castrating users of their basic rights, but left that checkmark so that inexperienced users can easily install spyware and rogue programs.


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26 Oct 2011   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Nondisposable,

I agree that it would be best to have it always unchecked to be safe. I suppose that Microsoft felt that if you went to the trouble to change the "Open with" program, then you would most likely want to have it as the new default program as well, so they were just trying to make it more convenient to do so. To bad, it could backfire on the inexperienced though.
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31 Oct 2013   #3
grits

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

So far I have managed to Extract but how do I find the system32 folder to do the "copy/paste" step?
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31 Oct 2013   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Grits,

You would need to open Windows Explorer, manually navigate to the C:\Windows\System32 folder, and open the System32 folder.
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31 Oct 2013   #5
grits

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Whew, stumbled a bit but believe I got it done, now do I save or delete everything except the two that got copied/pasted & merged?

Thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Oct 2013   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome. Nope that's it.
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03 Dec 2013   #7
MRACHINI

Windows 7 X64
 
 
File not found anyone has it please share

File not found anyone has it please share
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03 Dec 2013   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Rachini, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Looks like their server is down for now. I've added a direct download link for the file to use.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Oct 2014   #9
metal450

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Doesn't Work For Unknown Filetypes

This does not work if opening an unknown filetype (aka a file for which there isn't already a program associated); in that case, the checkbox is still checked by default. This only seems to work if you right-click a file that's *already* associated with a program, and Open With->Choose default program.

It appears that the dll posted is part 1 of the tutorial here: http://blogs.msmvps.com/dmartin/blog...ed-by-default/

...But omits part 3, for a complete solution: http://blogs.msmvps.com/dmartin/blog...ault-part-iii/
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