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Windows 7: Microsoft Office Picture Manager - Office 07 - Broken File Types

21 Oct 2013   #1

Windows 7 64bit Home Premium
Microsoft Office Picture Manager - Office 07 - Broken File Types

After much messing around I have discovered that if you use Windows 7 'Associate a file type or protocol with a program' to set default programs for file types, it breaks the File Types selection within a given program (in my case Microsoft Office Picture Manager) and you are no longer able to use the program itself to set file types only the Windows 7 function. You can tick/untick file associations all day long within Microsoft Office Picture Manager and nothing gets associated/unassociated. The File Types option is basically broken. I have also noticed this occur with 7-zip which actually causes a more serious issue. By default .zip is not listed in the Windows 7 list of 'Associate a file type or protocol with a program' window but is listed if you associate .zip with 7-zip's own file association option. BUT if you then subsequently use windows 7 to re-associate .zip with Windows Explorer, the .zip vanishes (because by default is is not listed), breaks 7-zips file association options and you can no longer associate .zip files with 7-zip, EVER. Basically I am curious as to why Windows 7 own file association options would break software's own internal file association options so badly to the point they are essentially useless and if there is a fix. I even tried completely reinstalling Microsoft Office and removing all references of it within the registry, no luck. Its not a big deal but I just found it odd that a fundamental piece of Windows 7 would harm the integrity of software so easily and seemingly irreversibly! I have made the assumption that perhaps because Office 2007 is fairly old and probably geared up for Vista that perhaps older softer like this, just isn't compatible with Windows 7 file association. Any thoughts or fixes?
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24 Oct 2013   #2

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

I don't believe it has anything to do with Office 2007/ Picture manager I use it myself,
I do not use 7-Zip but that seems the likely bug,
Windows handles Zip folders just like any other folder so 7-Zip is something I don't understand why people need or want it but I don't need any or need to make any Zip folders either
If your still having file association issues use this,
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24 Oct 2013   #3

Windows 7 64bit Home Premium

The bug is that if you use Windows 7 to manually set your file associations then the function within Microsoft Office Picture Viewer and 7-zip essentially become broken. Try it yourself, change a file association for any picture type within Windows 7, go back into Microsoft Office Picture viewer, and toggle on and off the file association within Picture viewer for that picture type, it no longer works. I am not interested in 'fixing' a broken file type' its not 'broken' within Windows 7, I can set it back to picture viewer any time I like with the Windows 7 file associations application, I am just curious as to why the Windows 7 app breaks the functionality within Office Picture Viewer and 7-zip. I stress I have only tested this with the picture viewer that comes with Office 2007 and nothing later
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