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Solved "open with" restore default

Mahtan

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#1
I have had this problem for awhile know and was searching around for an answer when I found this site. Im not going to type out my problem because I can't explain it very well; however, I read an older thread on the same subject and here was their problem... this is also my problem:

Hi, I want to know how I can reset to the default programs for opening a file..
For example, I've got an .sav file from my Halo game folder, and one day I
was just fiddling around with the folders and I accidently clicked it and
chose Adobe Reader as the program.. then I tried WordPad, etc.. - don't know
why I did that. And I don't like it how all my .sav files have the little
WordPad logo on their icons. Also, I want to get rid of the 'recommended
programs' that pops up when you >right-click >"open with..." [the recommended
programs is just all the programs I tried to open the .sav file with... -.- ]
So anyway, how do I make it so its the default (in this case, there isn't a
"Default" but I want it like it was before - i.e. 'unknown application' or
something where after you click it, it asks you to choose a program, etc..

Any help would be much appreciated!!
Thanks
Hi Darren,

In your case, the .sav file extension should not have anything associated with it. You will need to unassociate it. This will show you how:

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/91920-unassociate-file-extention-type.html


You might find these helpful to use in the future if needed:

To normally change program associations:
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/83196-default-programs-program-default-associations.html

To normally change file extension associations:
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/69758-default-programs.html


Hope this helps,
Shawn
I tried downloading the Unassociate File Extention Type that Shawn posted the site for and it was also associated with a different program. So I don't know what I did, but I need to get the default back to open my programs right. Please help this is driving me crazy!


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lordbob75

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#3
re: "open with" restore default

Ok.... let me have a shot here.

To set the default, right click and choose properties. In the general tab, click on the button "change" next to the Open With bar. Choose from the "recommended programs" and that should set it. To set one not on there, then open the "change" menu and select browse at the bottom, and select from the location of the file you want to open it with.

I don't know how to un-associate them, though someone here should.

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re: "open with" restore default

Hello Mahtan, and welcome to Vista Forums.

In order to help, we need to know exactly what file extension types are not associated correctly.

From your last comment, it appears that the .exe file extensions are not associated correctly for that. At the link below, click on the .exe option in the table box to download the .reg file. After downloading it, right click on the .reg file and clock on Merge and approve. This will restore the default .exe file extensions association.

http://www.winhelponline.com/articles/105/1/File-association-fixes-for-Windows-Vista.html

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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re: "open with" restore default

Yeah that sounds like it was amusing... Yeah.

Good luck

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Mahtan

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re: "open with" restore default

I download the file and clicked merge, but know I don't know what to do. Sorry but I don't know much about computers; maybe you could explain what to do after that in simpler terms.

Again sorry.
 

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Hi Mahtan,

Once you merge that .reg file into the registry, it will delete all the .exe files from Open With.

Check and see if you are still having problems.

If you are, there may other file types that need to be dealt with.

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Mahtan

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re: "open with" restore default

I did all that stuff; downloaded the thing and merged. But my original problem was with a zip file I was trying to download. When I try to save/ download it it opens in word pad.
 

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Hi Mahtan'

What do you get if you right click a .zip file and select Open with ?

I get this

OPENWITH2009-01-14_051827.jpg

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You're welcome Mahtan. I'm happy that you got it sorted out now. :)

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Glad to see you got it fixed.
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