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Thread: File associations in Vista

  1. #1
    PeterBBailey Guest

    File associations in Vista

    I can't associate particular filetypes with the programs I want in Vista. It
    doesn't work using Explorer, nor does it work with the Control Panel defaults
    mini-program. In either case, when I browse to the program I want to use and
    click OK, that program never shows up in the list. I want to associate all my
    ..txt text files with "Textpad," my favorite ASCII editor. I've done it for 12
    years now with all earlier versions of Windows, but, I can't get it to work
    with Vista.
    Thanks.

  2. #2
    Spenceation Guest

    RE: File associations in Vista

    You will need to either right click a file of that type and select open with
    and browse to the program (textpad) or use the default program utility and
    manually browse to the program yourself. The following link will explain the
    default program utility better.
    http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Win...b1ca21033.mspx

    "PeterBBailey" wrote:

    > I can't associate particular filetypes with the programs I want in Vista. It
    > doesn't work using Explorer, nor does it work with the Control Panel defaults
    > mini-program. In either case, when I browse to the program I want to use and
    > click OK, that program never shows up in the list. I want to associate all my
    > .txt text files with "Textpad," my favorite ASCII editor. I've done it for 12
    > years now with all earlier versions of Windows, but, I can't get it to work
    > with Vista.
    > Thanks.


  3. #3
    PeterBBailey Guest

    RE: File associations in Vista



    "Spenceation" wrote:

    > You will need to either right click a file of that type and select open with
    > and browse to the program (textpad) or use the default program utility and
    > manually browse to the program yourself. The following link will explain the
    > default program utility better.
    > http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Win...b1ca21033.mspx
    >

    No, that's my point. None of those choices work. And, in Start/Default
    Programs, I don't see anywhere to ADD other programs. All it shows me is a
    list of the regular, garden-variety Windows programs. How do I add to that
    list?

    Thanks.





    > "PeterBBailey" wrote:
    >
    > > I can't associate particular filetypes with the programs I want in Vista. It
    > > doesn't work using Explorer, nor does it work with the Control Panel defaults
    > > mini-program. In either case, when I browse to the program I want to use and
    > > click OK, that program never shows up in the list. I want to associate all my
    > > .txt text files with "Textpad," my favorite ASCII editor. I've done it for 12
    > > years now with all earlier versions of Windows, but, I can't get it to work
    > > with Vista.
    > > Thanks.


  4. #4
    PeterBBailey Guest

    RE: File associations in Vista

    No, that's my point. None of those "features" work. They don't allow me to
    choose TextPad to the list of default programs, and, when I browse to TextPad
    and click OK, it never shows up in the list of available programs.

    "Spenceation" wrote:

    > You will need to either right click a file of that type and select open with
    > and browse to the program (textpad) or use the default program utility and
    > manually browse to the program yourself. The following link will explain the
    > default program utility better.
    > http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Win...b1ca21033.mspx
    >
    > "PeterBBailey" wrote:
    >
    > > I can't associate particular filetypes with the programs I want in Vista. It
    > > doesn't work using Explorer, nor does it work with the Control Panel defaults
    > > mini-program. In either case, when I browse to the program I want to use and
    > > click OK, that program never shows up in the list. I want to associate all my
    > > .txt text files with "Textpad," my favorite ASCII editor. I've done it for 12
    > > years now with all earlier versions of Windows, but, I can't get it to work
    > > with Vista.
    > > Thanks.


  5. #5
    Spenceation Guest

    RE: File associations in Vista

    Are you an administrator on this machine?

    http://articles.techrepublic.com.com...1-6172036.html

    Here is a step by step guide. On the Open With part (Figure F) click browse
    by the bottom right and navigate to the program. Hopefully this helps

    "PeterBBailey" wrote:

    >
    >
    > "Spenceation" wrote:
    >
    > > You will need to either right click a file of that type and select open with
    > > and browse to the program (textpad) or use the default program utility and
    > > manually browse to the program yourself. The following link will explain the
    > > default program utility better.
    > > http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Win...b1ca21033.mspx
    > >

    > No, that's my point. None of those choices work. And, in Start/Default
    > Programs, I don't see anywhere to ADD other programs. All it shows me is a
    > list of the regular, garden-variety Windows programs. How do I add to that
    > list?
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > "PeterBBailey" wrote:
    > >
    > > > I can't associate particular filetypes with the programs I want in Vista. It
    > > > doesn't work using Explorer, nor does it work with the Control Panel defaults
    > > > mini-program. In either case, when I browse to the program I want to use and
    > > > click OK, that program never shows up in the list. I want to associate all my
    > > > .txt text files with "Textpad," my favorite ASCII editor. I've done it for 12
    > > > years now with all earlier versions of Windows, but, I can't get it to work
    > > > with Vista.
    > > > Thanks.


  6. #6
    PeterBBailey Guest

    RE: File associations in Vista


    I'm sorry for this mess. I'm just not used to this interface.

    The TechRepublic link didn't help me either. No matter what I do, Vista is
    NOT respecting any "new" program that I'm trying to add as a useable program.
    The list of "default" programs is bare bones. It doesn't even show Notepad.
    "Spenceation" wrote:

    > Are you an administrator on this machine?
    >
    > http://articles.techrepublic.com.com...1-6172036.html
    >
    > Here is a step by step guide. On the Open With part (Figure F) click browse
    > by the bottom right and navigate to the program. Hopefully this helps
    >
    > "PeterBBailey" wrote:
    >
    > >
    > >
    > > "Spenceation" wrote:
    > >
    > > > You will need to either right click a file of that type and select open with
    > > > and browse to the program (textpad) or use the default program utility and
    > > > manually browse to the program yourself. The following link will explain the
    > > > default program utility better.
    > > > http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Win...b1ca21033.mspx
    > > >

    > > No, that's my point. None of those choices work. And, in Start/Default
    > > Programs, I don't see anywhere to ADD other programs. All it shows me is a
    > > list of the regular, garden-variety Windows programs. How do I add to that
    > > list?
    > >
    > > Thanks.
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > > "PeterBBailey" wrote:
    > > >
    > > > > I can't associate particular filetypes with the programs I want in Vista. It
    > > > > doesn't work using Explorer, nor does it work with the Control Panel defaults
    > > > > mini-program. In either case, when I browse to the program I want to use and
    > > > > click OK, that program never shows up in the list. I want to associate all my
    > > > > .txt text files with "Textpad," my favorite ASCII editor. I've done it for 12
    > > > > years now with all earlier versions of Windows, but, I can't get it to work
    > > > > with Vista.
    > > > > Thanks.


  7. #7
    dean-dean Guest

    Re: File associations in Vista

    Using Textpad, can you configure associations in its
    Configure>Preferences>Associated Files, or something similiar? Also, you
    may want to try this:

    http://forum.textpad.com/viewtopic.php?t=8152

    "PeterBBailey" <PeterBBailey@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:2B9BE3FC-C221-4B37-AE0A-7423CF5ACCBC@microsoft.com...
    >
    > I'm sorry for this mess. I'm just not used to this interface.
    >
    > The TechRepublic link didn't help me either. No matter what I do, Vista is
    > NOT respecting any "new" program that I'm trying to add as a useable
    > program.
    > The list of "default" programs is bare bones. It doesn't even show
    > Notepad.
    > "Spenceation" wrote:
    >
    >> Are you an administrator on this machine?
    >>
    >> http://articles.techrepublic.com.com...1-6172036.html
    >>
    >> Here is a step by step guide. On the Open With part (Figure F) click
    >> browse
    >> by the bottom right and navigate to the program. Hopefully this helps
    >>
    >> "PeterBBailey" wrote:
    >>
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > "Spenceation" wrote:
    >> >
    >> > > You will need to either right click a file of that type and select
    >> > > open with
    >> > > and browse to the program (textpad) or use the default program
    >> > > utility and
    >> > > manually browse to the program yourself. The following link will
    >> > > explain the
    >> > > default program utility better.
    >> > > http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Win...b1ca21033.mspx
    >> > >
    >> > No, that's my point. None of those choices work. And, in Start/Default
    >> > Programs, I don't see anywhere to ADD other programs. All it shows me
    >> > is a
    >> > list of the regular, garden-variety Windows programs. How do I add to
    >> > that
    >> > list?
    >> >
    >> > Thanks.
    >> >
    >> >
    >> >
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > > "PeterBBailey" wrote:
    >> > >
    >> > > > I can't associate particular filetypes with the programs I want in
    >> > > > Vista. It
    >> > > > doesn't work using Explorer, nor does it work with the Control
    >> > > > Panel defaults
    >> > > > mini-program. In either case, when I browse to the program I want
    >> > > > to use and
    >> > > > click OK, that program never shows up in the list. I want to
    >> > > > associate all my
    >> > > > .txt text files with "Textpad," my favorite ASCII editor. I've done
    >> > > > it for 12
    >> > > > years now with all earlier versions of Windows, but, I can't get it
    >> > > > to work
    >> > > > with Vista.
    >> > > > Thanks.



  8. #8
    Howard Woodard Guest

    Re: File associations in Vista

    I have been able to establish association but haven't figured out how to
    "break" them. After upgrading to Vista my MSN mail reader (MSN Browser)
    quit opening .email attachments. The MSKB suggested that I associate the
    email type with NotePad which I did. That's pretty ugly and I want to
    remove the association but not replace it with another program yet.

    Any idea how to do that?

    Howard
    =======================================
    "PeterBBailey" <PeterBBailey@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:EFEB3002-DB00-4DF6-9824-C204FB7BF4D3@microsoft.com...
    >I can't associate particular filetypes with the programs I want in Vista.
    >It
    > doesn't work using Explorer, nor does it work with the Control Panel
    > defaults
    > mini-program. In either case, when I browse to the program I want to use
    > and
    > click OK, that program never shows up in the list. I want to associate all
    > my
    > .txt text files with "Textpad," my favorite ASCII editor. I've done it for
    > 12
    > years now with all earlier versions of Windows, but, I can't get it to
    > work
    > with Vista.
    > Thanks.



  9. #9
    dean-dean Guest

    Re: File associations in Vista

    This doesn't really answer your question, but you might find this of
    interest:

    INFO: Using MSN's client on Windows Vista
    http://kurtsh.spaces.live.com/blog/c...38D!1953.entry

    To completely un-associate an .eml extension, if that's what you mean (e.g.,
    double-clicking on a file with that extension opens Notepad), in the
    Registry Editor, go to

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.eml

    (Export the key as a backup to undo your change, if you decide later that
    you want things the way they were.) In the right-hand pane, right-click on
    Default, under the column Name, (which probably has eml_auto_file as its
    Value), and choose Delete. Close the Registry Editor. You may have to Log
    Off and back On, or Restart, to see the change.

    "Howard Woodard" <woodard@msn.com> wrote in message
    news:eeyyNmNxHHA.736@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >I have been able to establish association but haven't figured out how to
    >"break" them. After upgrading to Vista my MSN mail reader (MSN Browser)
    >quit opening .email attachments. The MSKB suggested that I associate the
    >email type with NotePad which I did. That's pretty ugly and I want to
    >remove the association but not replace it with another program yet.
    >
    > Any idea how to do that?
    >
    > Howard
    > =======================================
    > "PeterBBailey" <PeterBBailey@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:EFEB3002-DB00-4DF6-9824-C204FB7BF4D3@microsoft.com...
    >>I can't associate particular filetypes with the programs I want in Vista.
    >>It
    >> doesn't work using Explorer, nor does it work with the Control Panel
    >> defaults
    >> mini-program. In either case, when I browse to the program I want to use
    >> and
    >> click OK, that program never shows up in the list. I want to associate
    >> all my
    >> .txt text files with "Textpad," my favorite ASCII editor. I've done it
    >> for 12
    >> years now with all earlier versions of Windows, but, I can't get it to
    >> work
    >> with Vista.
    >> Thanks.

    >



  10. #10
    Howard Woodard Guest

    Re: File associations in Vista

    Thanks. I had the latest MSN software before I upgraded so I never noticed
    the Vista compatibility issue. There's no way to send a message or comment
    to his blog or I would ask him how he was doing reading e-mail attachments.
    Maybe I'm the only one that has the problem.

    I tried the registry change and while I was able to delete the default value
    for .email I couldn't make any changes at all to the .eml entry. I get the
    dreaded "don't have permission" error. For the life of me I don't
    understand why that is. But I can see that a lot of other folks are
    stumbling across it as well. Here are the current entries. Any idea how I
    can make changes to them?

    Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.eml
    Class Name: <NO CLASS>
    Last Write Time: 7/12/2007 - 10:38 PM

    Key Name: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.eml\shellex
    Class Name: <NO CLASS>
    Last Write Time: 7/10/2007 - 5:37 PM

    Key Name:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.eml\shellex\{8895B1C6-B41F-4C1C-A562-0D564250836F}
    Class Name: <NO CLASS>
    Last Write Time: 7/11/2007 - 3:54 PM
    Value 0
    Name: <NO NAME>
    Type: REG_SZ
    Data: {b9815375-5d7f-4ce2-9245-c9d4da436930}

    ===============================================
    "dean-dean" <dean-dean@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:unhd8lOxHHA.4184@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > This doesn't really answer your question, but you might find this of
    > interest:
    >
    > INFO: Using MSN's client on Windows Vista
    > http://kurtsh.spaces.live.com/blog/c...38D!1953.entry
    >
    > To completely un-associate an .eml extension, if that's what you mean
    > (e.g., double-clicking on a file with that extension opens Notepad), in
    > the Registry Editor, go to
    >
    > HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.eml
    >
    > (Export the key as a backup to undo your change, if you decide later that
    > you want things the way they were.) In the right-hand pane, right-click
    > on Default, under the column Name, (which probably has eml_auto_file as
    > its Value), and choose Delete. Close the Registry Editor. You may have
    > to Log Off and back On, or Restart, to see the change.
    >
    > "Howard Woodard" <woodard@msn.com> wrote in message
    > news:eeyyNmNxHHA.736@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>I have been able to establish association but haven't figured out how to
    >>"break" them. After upgrading to Vista my MSN mail reader (MSN Browser)
    >>quit opening .email attachments. The MSKB suggested that I associate the
    >>email type with NotePad which I did. That's pretty ugly and I want to
    >>remove the association but not replace it with another program yet.
    >>
    >> Any idea how to do that?
    >>
    >> Howard
    >> =======================================
    >> "PeterBBailey" <PeterBBailey@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:EFEB3002-DB00-4DF6-9824-C204FB7BF4D3@microsoft.com...
    >>>I can't associate particular filetypes with the programs I want in Vista.
    >>>It
    >>> doesn't work using Explorer, nor does it work with the Control Panel
    >>> defaults
    >>> mini-program. In either case, when I browse to the program I want to use
    >>> and
    >>> click OK, that program never shows up in the list. I want to associate
    >>> all my
    >>> .txt text files with "Textpad," my favorite ASCII editor. I've done it
    >>> for 12
    >>> years now with all earlier versions of Windows, but, I can't get it to
    >>> work
    >>> with Vista.
    >>> Thanks.

    >>

    >



  11. #11
    Join Date
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    Re: File associations in Vista

    For Howard, having problems with editing a registry key, or those who don't want to mess around with their registry simply to disassociate a file, I've cut and pasted some info from the following website:
    http://community.winsupersite.com/bl...n-the-fly.aspx

    "At a command prompt (cmd.exe) type assoc.file_type= Where file_type is the extension of the file type for which you want to remove the application association. As an example, you could stop PHP files from opening with WordPad by typing assoc.php= and then hitting Enter. The next time you open a PHP file, you will be prompted to choose a program again."

    The article continues to suggest changing the file association with the "open with" feature, but if you're here, like me, that didn't quite cut the mustard.

    I also assume you can use this "assoc" command to specifically associate a file type with a specific program, but I haven't played around with the command much, myself.

    Hope this helps.

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