Default Programs - Program Default Associations

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How to Set Default Associations For a Program in Vista
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This will show you how to automatically or manually set the default associations for a program listed in Default Programs in Vista. These associations are the file extension types and protocols that the selected program can open by default.
How to Set Default Associations For a Program in Vista

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This will show you how to automatically or manually set the default associations for a program listed in Default Programs in Vista. These associations are the file extension types and protocols that the selected program can open by default.

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





Here's How:
1. Open the Control Panel (Classic View).
2. Click on the Default Programs icon.​
3. Click on the Set your default programs link. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: It may take a moment to load up.
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4. Select a Program in the List
A) Click on the program name in the list, that you want to set the default file extension associations for, to highlight it. (See screenshot below step 6A)​

5. To Automatically Set All of the Selected Program's Default Associations to it
NOTE: To set all the default file extension associations for the program to open by default.​
A) Click on Set this program as default. (See screenshot below step 6A)​
B) Click on OK to apply and close window.​

6. To Manually Set the Selected Program's Default Associations to it
NOTE: To only set the default file extension associations that you choose for the program to open by default.​
A) Click on Choose defaults for this program to manually choose the associations for this program. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: It may take a moment to load up.
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B) Check the file extension associations you want this program to open by default, and uncheck the ones you do not want this program to open. (See screenshot below)​
C) Click on Save to apply.​
D) Click on OK to close window. (See screenshot below step​
6A)​
Choose.jpg


That's it,
Shawn




 
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Hi there

Windows Mail is not in the list of programs available to use as defaults. I've followed the instructions you give for associating the file, but it still does not show.

Could you give me any other advice please!

Thanks
lynnscott
 
Hi Shawn

Thank you so much for your help - everything now appears to be fine.

You're a star!

I hope I don't need to bother you again, but it's good to know there are people around who can help with problems!

Kind regards
lynnscott
 
Your welcome Lynnscott,

Glad to hear everything is OK now. It's no bother at all, just post away with your questions. Someone or myself should help if we know a solution.

Shawn
 
I did all you said, but I still have the problem. Which is that each time I click on a link in Windows mail I see the message ''application not found''. I looked on other sites, and nobody came up with a solution. Hope you can find one for me :). Thx in advance, have a good day.

Fred
 
Thx for answering and the welcomes :), but even after I did the reset, I still have the same bug... Any other solution ?

Fred, desperatly hoping you have one :P
 
I finally solve the problem !! First I tried the system restore and it didin't work. Then, I tried to remember when it started, and I realised it was since I started using Windows mail, from the very beggining (3 weeks ago). Finally I did a reset of internet explorer, opened it, chose it to be my default web browser and then tada! It worked. And so you were right when you said it was maybe a another program that caused it, Firefox... Now I am happy because I can use my links, but I am sad because I can't use Firefox :(.

I have another question, is it possible, that firefox purpuselly don't work well with vista, you know like they did with Netscape ? Anyways, now if somebody has the same problem you can offer them a new solution. Thx alot for the help, I really appreiated it :D

Fred
 
Fred,

I'm glad to hear that you resolved your problem.

I have not heard of Firefox giving Vista problems like this before, but you should still be able to use Firefox. I just wouldn't make it your default browser since it gave you a problem.

Shawn
 
Anyone have any problems with Vista resetting your default programs? It keeps changing my default browser back to Internet Explorer (even though I rarely use it) and my default mail program to Windows Mail (and I've never even opened this ONCE). I have Firefox set as my default browser and Thunderbird set as my mail. Vista also likes to forget my file extension preferences (I want .nfo opened by Notepad, not the System Information tool). Any ideas? I know the last one is a separate topic, but maybe figuring out why the first one is happening will fix the second problem.
 
Hi imeltcrayons,

Welcome to Vista x64 Forums. :party:

See if turning off the option to check to see if IE7 is the default program will help stop it from defaulting back to these.

For IE7:
1. Click on Tools, then Internet Options.
2. Click on the Programs tab.
3. Uncheck Tell me if IE is not the default web browser.
4. Click OK.

Check in Firefox and in Thunderbird for a similar option, but have them check to make that they are the default program.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
Brink, thanks for the welcome. :)

And thanks for the reply. Unfortunately, that was the very first option I changed when I first opened IE. I go days at a time without even using IE, and then one time when I go to open Firefox I get a warning saying FF isn't currently set as my default browser and asks if I want to change it. And I've never even opened Windows Mail, EVER, so I'm not sure how that keeps resetting itself.

It's not really a massive problem, it's just one of those really annoying quirks that will bug me forever until it gets fixed, y'know? Thanks for any help anyone can provide.
 
imeltcrayons,

I'm not sure what is causing it to revert back as the default program. The only other thing I can think of is maybe a Windows Update that reset the default settings. ??

Shawn
 
Hello

I am very non-tech. I recently purchased two new computers, both with windows vista business 32 bit and upgraded to Money Plus Premium. I am unable to print portfolio manager, etc. I have spoken to Money support and they have little understanding of Vista. The error message I receive is:
"This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Set Associations control panel." Per the tutorial, I should find Money Plus at Control Panel/Default Programs/Set Default Programs BUT it is not there. HELP!!

Thanks:confused:
 
Shawn,
Thanks for the prompt response. My Money Plus software seems to work fine. It opens normally. I only get the error message when I attempt to print using File, Print etc. which is how I print a copy of the Portfolio Manager. I really hate to seem so stupid, but I don't understand what file extension I am to associate with what. The money file extension is, I believe, .mny (unless the upgrade has changed it and I don't know how to see file extensions in Vista). So the money file seems to work OK, it is just that I can't print from the money file. Does this make sense? Thanks for your help.

Vhesq1
 
I have 2 email accounts, mine and my wife's. Both have log on/off provisions. I received an email with an attachment after installing the computer (I bought the computer in Aug 2008, a HP Pavilion a6567c PC). When I tried to open the att, I was given the choice of using the web service to find the correct program or to choose from a list of installed programs. I opted for the web service and the program selected was works word processor. This worked fine for opening the att plus a number of others I had previously saved in my documents on my old computer. The email was also sent to my wife's email where the att would not open. It did not give the choice of the web service searching for the apppropriate program but rather said the file was unknown and that it was unable to open the att. I then resent the email to my email account where the att opened on cue. Works word processor is on the list of programs which are installed on the new computer.
I am at a loss as to how to proceed. If you can help out, I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank You
Bill Weaver
 
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