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Can't Change "file Opens With" In The File's Propeties After An Xp Repair Install


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#1 jd213

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 06:56 AM

I tried searching for this but didn't find anything. Apologies if I get my Windows terminology incorrect, I'm using the Japanese version of XP Pro (but am more familiar with English) so system text is in Japanese so I have to translate it by memory from when I last used English Windows or literally translate the Japanese term.

After having to do a repair install, all my file associations were reset. But when I right-click on an affected file and select "Program Opens With" (or go into its Properties then click on "change" under File Associations) and manually search for the program, I can select the program in the Open dialog box but once it's selected and I hit OK, it's not in the list of programs that Windows will allow me to choose for the File Association.

I also tried going into the options of two different programs (IrfanView, Media Player Classic) so I could just have the program change the file associations, but this didn't work either.

Any ideas? Reinstalling the relevant programs might work, but not all programs give you the option of changing their file associations when you install them...

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 11:27 AM

Have you tried to change the file association from Explorer view?

How to change file associations in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...p;product=winxp

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 10:13 AM

By going to Folder Options? If so, then yes, I tried that. Same problem.

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 10:57 AM

If Tools\Folder Options doesn't provide satisfaction, I would think it's time to

a. Take a look in Event Viewer for clues (errors which might relate).

What is the Event Viewer, and Should I Care - Ask Leo! - http://ask-leo.com/what_is_the_event_viewe...uld_i_care.html

b. Either run sfc /scannow or an XP repair install (attempting to overcome possibly corrupt/missing system files).

LEARN how to use SFC.EXE (system file checker) in this article! - http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html

How to perform a repair installation of Windows XP if Internet Explorer 7 is installed - http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=917964

Of course...all of this is predicated on the premise that you are certain that malware is not creating this or other known system problems.

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 11:11 AM

Okay, I'll try those suggestions.

I don't believe this is being caused by malware as I haven't visited any untrusted sites or installed any software since I did the repair install.

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 11:45 AM

I maybe am mixed up after I got hopitalized yesterday but, did you mentioned about browsing for the program manually? And still not getting the file associates to show in open with? Did you check the "always use the selected program to open the file" box? Correct me if I am lost, but the pain killers may have taken out the best of me :thumbsup:
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Posted 08 February 2008 - 08:08 AM

If Tools\Folder Options doesn't provide satisfaction, I would think it's time to

a. Take a look in Event Viewer for clues (errors which might relate).

What is the Event Viewer, and Should I Care - Ask Leo! - http://ask-leo.com/what_is_the_event_viewe...uld_i_care.html

b. Either run sfc /scannow or an XP repair install (attempting to overcome possibly corrupt/missing system files).

LEARN how to use SFC.EXE (system file checker) in this article! - http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html

How to perform a repair installation of Windows XP if Internet Explorer 7 is installed - http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=917964

Of course...all of this is predicated on the premise that you are certain that malware is not creating this or other known system problems.

Louis


Okay, I opened the Event Viewer after attempting to change a file's associations again, but I didn't see any entries in any category corresponding to the time when I tried the change

When I try to run sfc.exe, all that happens is a MS-DOS window opens for a split second and then closes.

I just did a repair install, so I don't think that will solve the problem. (in case anyone is wondering, yes this is a legit copy of XP) I was sure to run Windows Update after the repair install, as well.

Well, unless anyone else has any clues, I guess I'll have to see if I can talk to Microsoft Japan about this, I'm not too good at talking on the phone in Japanese but hopefully I can manage...

Thanks anyways for your help...

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 09:12 AM

Let us know how you resolve it, please :thumbsup:.

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