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    Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol

    How to Associate a File Type or Protocol Default Program in Window 7
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    How to Associate a File Type or Protocol Default Program in Window 7

       Information
    This will show you how to associate a file extension type or protocol to open with a program you select by default in Windows 7.

    These Default Programs association settings are a per user setting and not applied to all users.

       Warning
    The program that you select as the default for the file extension type or protocol must support opening that file extension or protocol for the program to be able to open it. For example, a .TXT will open with Notepad or Wordpad, but it will not open with MSPaint.





    OPTION ONE

    Restore Default File Associations Using a Download


    1. Go to the link below to select a file extension to download a .reg file for to merge and restore it's default associations for.

    Restore Default Windows 7 File Extension Type Associations



    OPTION TWO

    Set File Associations Through Default Programs


    1. Open the Control Panel (Icons view), and double click on the Default Programs icon.
    2. Click on the Associate a file type or protocol with a program link. (See screenshot below)
    Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol-step1.jpg
    3. Under the left Name column, select a file extension type or protocol that you want to change what program will open it by default, then click on the Change Program button. (See screenshots below)
    NOTE: These are the default associations in Windows 7 for these Extensions and Protocols.
    Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol-step2.jpgDefault Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol-step3.jpg
    Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol-step4.jpgDefault Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol-step5.jpg
    Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol-step6.jpgDefault Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol-step7.jpg
    Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol-step8.jpgDefault Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol-step9.jpg
    Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol-step10.jpgDefault Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol-step11.jpg
    Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol-step12.jpgDefault Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol-step13.jpg
    4. To Select a Listed Program in Open With
    NOTE: This is for when the program you want to use to open the file extension type or protocol by default with is listed the Open with window.
    A) Click on the arrow next to the right of Other Programs to show additional programs. (See screenshot below)
    Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol-step14.jpg
    B) Go to step 6.
    5. To Browse for a Program
    NOTE: This is for when the program you want to use to open the file extension type or protocol by default with is not listed the Open with window.
    A) Click on the Browse button. (See screenshot above)

    B) Navigate to the program's exe file, select it, and click on the Open button. (See screenshot below)
    Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol-step15.jpg
    6. Select the program that you want to use as the default for the file type or protocol you selected in step 3, and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 4A)

    7. Repeat the steps above to change any other file extension type or protocol default program association.

    8. When finished, click on the Close button. (See screenshots below step 3)

    9. Close the Default Programs window. (See screenshot below step 2)
    That's it,
    Shawn








  1. Posts : 19
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       #1

    i need to change my exe files cause i accidently changed them to open with command prompt but now i cant make ti hwo it was before
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       #2

    Hello td0615, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    Here is a copy of the default registry entries to restore EXE files. After you download the REG file to your desktop, just double click on it to merge it to the registry. You may need to logoff and logon, or restart the computer to apply.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. Posts : 19
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       #3

    THANKYOU


    thankyou so much this whole thing has been such a pain im showing all my buddies who use windwos 7 this website
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       #4

    You're most welcome td0615. :)
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  5. Posts : 19
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       #5

    it didnt work it says it cannot do it
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  6. Posts : 70,219
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       #6

    Umm, ok. You try a System Restore using a restore point dated before you changed the EXE association. :)
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  7. Posts : 19
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    i tried that it wouldnt let me it said system restore could not start
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  8. Posts : 70,219
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    Ok. Next on the list is a Repair Install. :)
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    man this website is got everything
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