Default File Type Associations - Restore

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  1. Posts : 6
    Windows Vista
       #500

    Brink said:
    Hello Annieyea, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    It's not a dumb question at all. You will just need to do what's in the yellow Tip box under step 3 to restore the default association for .reg files. Afterwards, you should be able to merge it. :)
    Thanks for the response!
    When I set the associations it prompts me to select a program to open it with. Which program should I use?
    Last edited by Brink; 29 Sep 2012 at 11:13. Reason: added quote
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  2. Posts : 70,217
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #501

    You would want to set the .reg file extension to have it's "Current Default" program set as Registry Editor (C:\Windows\regedit.exe). :)
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  3. Posts : 6
    Windows Vista
       #502

    Okay I did that. I also accidentally changed the ".lnk" extension's default to Registry Editor, and now there's no option to merge when I right click
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  4. Posts : 70,217
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #503

    Changing ".lnk" aaociations would not affect ".reg" associations.

    If you right click on the downloaded .reg file for the listed lnk, and you do not have merge available, then you will need to make sure the you have .reg in Default Programs (click on link) set to have it's "Current Default" program set as Registry Editor (C:\Windows\regedit.exe) again.

    Afterwards, try merging the download for lnk again.
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  5. Posts : 6
    Windows Vista
       #504

    I changed the default program for ".reg" to Registry Editor but still no luck.
    When I right click, the only option is Open.
    I'm on a Vista if that helps. Wrong forum... my bad. I tried a system restore and it didn't change anything either.

    Edit:
    I changed the ".lnk" extension to open with Registry Editor and I think everything is back to normal now. Thanks for the help! :)
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  6. Posts : 70,217
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #505

    Yeah, for Vista issues you might consider our sister site Vista Forums, and the tutorial below instead.

    Default File Type Associations - Restore - Vista Forums

    I'm not sure how it's fixed with .lnk (LNK) (shortcut) files set to open with Registry Editor though. Does that not have all your shortcuts open to Registry Editor instead of their target program??
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  7. Posts : 6
    Windows Vista
       #506

    First time I tried, everything opened with Registry Editor but now, everything works normally. Not sure what changed but whatever...
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  8. Posts : 70,217
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #507

    Not sure either, but glad it's working fine for you now. :)
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  9. Posts : 6
    Windows Vista
       #508

    Thank you for all the help :)
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  10. Posts : 1
    Windows 7 x64
       #509

    Quotaions?


    Hi, very good info but one small question... the last thread on this subject i saw, (it was exclusively pertaining to .exe files) instructed how to manually chasnge registry values... some were the same as the program in the provided link set, some weren't... one consistancy was the quotations, for example in the other thread the value was supposed to be set at "%1%" %*"... the same is shown in the text document when you click edit in the submenu of the linked program... but when the program auto set the values, no quotations present... and some had slashes (e.g. "\%1"\"%*\)... couldve been forward slashes but my question is are quotations required or slashes... i noticed in the text doc that spaces were sometimes placed between values, pretty sure they'd be mandatory, but anyway, if you could give me some help on the issue id greatly appreciate it., thx
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