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Windows 7: Always Use this program to open this kind of file

20 Dec 2009   #1
jan765

Windows 7
 
 
Always Use this program to open this kind of file

I was editing a .cfg file for half life 2 and used the "open with" and click "Always use this program" and checked it, and used Notepad to open it.

It worked fine and I could open the file.
Once I played the game, the "startup videos" would no longer play for ANY hl2 engine game! I knew it was because I changed the default open program.

So, I tried to find the default program the cfg used before I changed it.....
I thought it was Microsoft Outlook, or Express?
Well yeah, I decided to use that, and checked Always use this program..

Obviously it was a mistake..

After that, I wanted to change it again, and used "open with" again.
This time I get a problem.

PROBLEM: The "Always use this kind of program" is now greyed out! ONLY for the cfg file extension and I cant find a workaround! I downloaded a registry that enables the "always use" for every file, but the cfg files remain unchanged! It is still greyed out no matter what - using Microsoft Outlook.

Is there a way to change the default open program to whatever it was way before I decided to edit it?
What should I do to once again to check the "always use"?
Thanks!







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20 Dec 2009   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jan765 View Post
I was editing a .cfg file for half life 2 and used the "open with" and click "Always use this program" and checked it, and used Notepad to open it.

It worked fine and I could open the file.
Once I played the game, the "startup videos" would no longer play for ANY hl2 engine game! I knew it was because I changed the default open program.

So, I tried to find the default program the cfg used before I changed it.....
I thought it was Microsoft Outlook, or Express?
Well yeah, I decided to use that, and checked Always use this program..

Obviously it was a mistake..

After that, I wanted to change it again, and used "open with" again.
This time I get a problem.

PROBLEM: The "Always use this kind of program" is now greyed out! ONLY for the cfg file extension and I cant find a workaround! I downloaded a registry that enables the "always use" for every file, but the cfg files remain unchanged! It is still greyed out no matter what - using Microsoft Outlook.

Is there a way to change the default open program to whatever it was way before I decided to edit it?
What should I do to once again to check the "always use"?
Thanks!


Go the easy way try system restore.
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20 Dec 2009   #3
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Jan, and welcome to Seven Forums.

In addition, you could use the program in the tutorial below to unassociate the CFG file extension so that it will be back to default instead.

Unassociate File Extention Type - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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20 Dec 2009   #4
jan765

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Jan, and welcome to Seven Forums.

In addition, you could use the program in the tutorial below to unassociate the CFG file extension so that it will be back to default instead.

Unassociate File Extention Type - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Thank you. Will it work for Windows 7? It says its Vista
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20 Dec 2009   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Yes it will work. Brink actually wrote and/or edited those tutorials for Vista, and then used the applicalbe portions for Windows 7
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20 Dec 2009   #6
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

What do you have to lose... I dont think Brink would suggest something that wouldnt work...
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20 Dec 2009   #7
jan765

Windows 7
 
 

OMG
Thank you VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am very happy to see that ICON for cfg (the default icon)!
haha!
Made me happy lol!!!

Thank you so much Brink!!

Umm one question (i am a computer noob)
What would the "delete file type" do?
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20 Dec 2009   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jan765 View Post
OMG
Thank you VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am very happy to see that ICON for cfg (the default icon)!
haha!
Made me happy lol!!!

Thank you so much Brink!!

Umm one question (i am a computer noob)
What would the "delete file type" do?
You're most welcome Jan.

Deleting the file type would remove it completely in the registry. Doing this could give you a problem when you try to open or use the file extension type (ex: CFG). The file would basically no longer be recognized by Windows 7 if deleted.
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