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Windows 7: cannot add program to Open With menu

24 Jul 2010   #11
Bobobano

Use 7 and XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
I find it hard to believe that it wouldn't open with a program you told it to. If you only need certain files to open with that program, right click the file, click properties and look for something that says "opens with" and click Change. You might not be able add it to that list without playing with the registry directly (not recommended). Once you set it to open with that program all you have to do is double click the file as you would when normally opening any other files.
tried that, it seems to use the exact same app as "open with" and it appears that it is that app that is causing the issue. It seems I may have to tweak the registry. Does anyone know which entry I would tweak?


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24 Jul 2010   #12
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I'm not sure if anyone has actually done it, as you are the first I know of to have this problem. I found something that might help put you on the right track. Are you familiar with the registry? Have you tweaked it before? Some serious problems that would require reinstalling Windows to fix can be caused by messing around in the registry.
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24 Jul 2010   #13
Bobobano

Use 7 and XP
 
 

I am familiar with the registry and have tweaked it before, but only to change the login screen background.
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24 Jul 2010   #14
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Go to this website and look for the section about removing programs from the open with menu.

I can't guarantee it will work, but you might be able to get it to by adding a folder instead of removing it. Once again, I can't guarantee it will work and I haven't tried to. I suggest making a restore point to be safe (I doubt you'll actually need it for this type of change).

Also, don't you love being able to change the login screen .
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28 Aug 2010   #15
alibaba508

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Adding to "open with" menu

Sometimes the program you want to open a program with is not listed in this menu. For example, to open older Power point files with Power Point 2010. To get it there:
step one: go to Control Panel - folder options and make sure that " show hidden files" is ticked - or you won't see the program.
step 2 - find the program executable file, - in this case Powerpnt.exe which you will fine with all the other office files in Program files (x86) folder.
step 3 -now you have located the file, you can find the file type you want to open, eg .PPT - select "open with" - go to browse and browse to the Program files (x86) folder and select your executable file - Powerpnt.exe for example.
Not only does this set the file type to open with Power point, but it now puts Power Point in the menu as one of the choosable programs.

good hunting!
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29 Aug 2010   #16
Bobobano

Use 7 and XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alibaba508 View Post
Sometimes the program you want to open a program with is not listed in this menu. For example, to open older Power point files with Power Point 2010. To get it there:
step one: go to Control Panel - folder options and make sure that " show hidden files" is ticked - or you won't see the program.
step 2 - find the program executable file, - in this case Powerpnt.exe which you will fine with all the other office files in Program files (x86) folder.
step 3 -now you have located the file, you can find the file type you want to open, eg .PPT - select "open with" - go to browse and browse to the Program files (x86) folder and select your executable file - Powerpnt.exe for example.
Not only does this set the file type to open with Power point, but it now puts Power Point in the menu as one of the choosable programs.

good hunting!
I did that, many times. And for some programs it works, unfortunately it will not allow me to do so with the program I am trying to associate .pde files with.
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15 Sep 2010   #17
MayhemOfHell

Win 7 x32/x64 Ultimate
 
 

Good morning/afternoon Bobo,

Currently i am having the same issue as you and have spent the odd hour or so chasing it down to try and find out what the issue is. Which i believe i have come to an answer which seems to explain it in the most sense.

Basically in short, Windows has lost the Registered link with the .EXE program that you are trying to open them with. An example of this could be when you install an application vs when you download a self contained zip with a standalone exe.

So if this application you are trying to use has been copied across to the system by chance instead of being installed or something along these lines where at some stage windows may have lost some form of installation link. From what i have heard and seen from others, These seems to be a simple if no link, Windows can be dumb enough to ignore the direct command and say it cant find blender.

Registry and other methods like the "Open Always With" will work if the file assoc has been removed,changed or damaged. This on the other hand is a system/app conflict.

Other ways of testing these things are mentioned like the "Send To" which has been know to get pass this issue and another method is to either do a test "Run Command" or batch file and see what results you get there.
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15 Sep 2010   #18
Bobobano

Use 7 and XP
 
 

Makes sense, I'll try a fresh download and unzip and see if that helps any. If not I may need to try and manually create a reg key for it.
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07 Oct 2010   #19
Terra Branford

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hey, I have this exact same problem. How would you go about manually creating a reg key for it?
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07 Oct 2010   #20
wysiwyg

Vista Ultimate 32 bit, Win 7 Pro 32 bit, Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Why not use the shell:sendto way.

Type in Run "shell:sendto" (without the quotes) if you've a shortcut on your desktop simply Copy, drag into window and Paste.

That will fix it in the send menu
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