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Windows 7: Default File Type Associations - Restore

13 Mar 2011   #220
kado897

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It would obviously be preferable if Windows itself provided a mechanism to do this task but then "pigs might fly". In the end it comes down to a matter of trust. In this matter Brink has a considerable reputation here and we trust his skill and integrity.


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13 Mar 2011   #221
Arnot

Windows 7 - 64 bit
 
 

I think that the note is a good idea but when I tried it I couldn’t view the contents, “edit” wasn’t on the menu, I could only run it. Probably my ineptitude but “There's really not a way to fix the user” . How about including a “read me” text file in the zip with the .reg file?

Of course being a typical European I am naturally cynical and I did have a look at the registry using regedit so I could see the changes made and now appreciate what you say – but – this was inevitably after the event. I think that it’s the leap of faith that troubles people in the position I was in. Having been badly savaged by the dammend machine we are very cautious.

kado897, said that it is a matter of trust and I quite agree, I now do and also acknowledge that the reputation is entirely deserved. However at the time I had to take the decision to trust I didn't have much to go on (apart from 22 pages of thanks!)

Whilst I appreciate that there will be a proportion of people who mistakenly cause the problem by messing with the configuration I don’t remember so many suffering from extension association problems with previous releases of windows. A search on “.lnk association” leads me to suspect that there is more to it. Certainly in my case I didn’t do it knowingly, I have an idea that the association change took place as a symptom of using the “open with” choice after a right click on a programme I wanted to examine the contents of before running it. But I might be wrong…

Certainly your fix is infinitely preferable to using system restore especially when a machine is just being loaded; so much is changed in such a short time. It’s not just that it works but also that has elegance and it doesn’t involve downloading many Megs of dubious data from nanny at Redmond. Once again, many thanks for a great service!

Regards

Arnot
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13 Mar 2011   #222
kado897

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Reg files are just text files. The edit function just opens them in Notepad so if this is missing from your right-click menu use notepad to view them.
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13 Mar 2011   #223
Arnot

Windows 7 - 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
Reg files are just text files. The edit function just opens them in Notepad so if this is missing from your right-click menu use notepad to view them.
Thanks, you were absolutely correct! Does this come under

When all else fails read the instructions!

or is it more RTFM?

Regards

Arnot
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13 Mar 2011   #224
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arnot View Post
I think that the note is a good idea but when I tried it I couldn’t view the contents, “edit” wasn’t on the menu, I could only run it. Probably my ineptitude but “There's really not a way to fix the user” .
LOL, nar it's not your fault if "Edit" was missing.
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13 Mar 2011   #225
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arnot View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
Reg files are just text files. The edit function just opens them in Notepad so if this is missing from your right-click menu use notepad to view them.
Thanks, you were absolutely correct! Does this come under

When all else fails read the instructions!

or is it more RTFM?

Regards

Arnot
Ha ha!

There is another question however, your missing right-click "Edit" entry. This is a Windows default. You may need to run the reg entry from this tutorial to get it back.
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13 Mar 2011   #226
Arnot

Windows 7 - 64 bit
 
 

Quote:
There is another question however, your missing right-click "Edit" entry. This is a Windows default. You may need to run the reg entry from this tutorial to get it back.
Having had a bit of a play,it appears that the options presented on a right clik are context sensitive and the edit option is avaialable for files where there is an associated editor.

So, jpegs etc have the edit option but exe's and suchlike don't. This all seems logical and doesn't present any problems at the moment. Most files don't have the "open with" option (but some do) so if I want to peek at the content I have to use wordpad by opening it first and then opening the relevant file.

So.... I don't thnk there is a problem there but I will have a look at the possibilities.

Ta!

Arnot
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13 Mar 2011   #227
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Arnont,

If you still have "Edit" missing from the context menu of a REG file, the download and merge the REG option in the tutorial to see if that may be able to restore it for you afterwards.
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03 Apr 2011   #228
need4steer

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Thanks a lot for another great tutorial.
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03 Apr 2011   #229
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome Need4steer. Thank you.
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