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how to delete file association with an unwanted program (i don't want it associate with any program?)

Question: how to delete file association with an unwanted program (i don't want it associate with any program?)

in Win XP or earlier, we can change / delete file association in File type of "Folder Option". but found disappeared since Vista.Can anyone tell me where to find the same function?thankslolojack

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Preferred Solution: how to delete file association with an unwanted program (i don't want it associate with any program?)

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Answer: how to delete file association with an unwanted program (i don't want it associate with any program?)

I take ".dat" for example.Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT in the registry.Search ".DAT" under this key.Click on this key and delete the (Default) value.Aski.
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Hi, friends.

I'm trying to associate all .TXT files to Metapad, instead of Notepad. I enter Folder Options, File Types, select .TXT, click Change. Then I click Browse and search for Metapad.exe. OK! After that, Metapad was supposed to appear on the Programs list (for me to select it and mark "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file"), but it doesn't! Why? I've done this so many times before and it's always worked out. Now that I've formatted my PC and reinstalled WinXP, it's not working anymore. Why? Could anyone help me, please?

Thanks for your attention.


Answer:Can't associate a file to a program. Why?

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Found an old question for the same problem, however it was never answered. I figured out the solution, but the old quest has been locked. I am posting my solution to help those who have or may encounter the saem issue:old question solution:1) change the file type association to something that is listed in the OpenWith window. 2) Go to Start/Run/Regedit and navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes3) Search for the extension, or search for the program to which you have just associated the file type. In my case, .log is file extension, but the Classes entry turned out to be "log_auto_file".4) change the value for the 'Default' sub-key from "G:\NCC\SMARTS\tools\original.exe" "%1" to "c:\new.exe" "%1" My file type would open with NotePad, and I could not change it to Baretail.exe. Tail.exe was listed, so I changed the association to tail.exe, then searched for that in the registry. Hope this helps someone!Spyder95 (VR-4!)

Answer:Cannot associate file type with new program

This looks easier.- Right click the file in question.- Choose "Open With >"- Click "Choose Program..."- If your program is not in the list, then,- Click the "Browse..." button- Look for the program that you are trying to use- Select it and hit the "Open" button- Now you'll see your program in the list- Click the "OK" button1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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I am trying to associate the .cso (Compressed PSP ISO), with the program UMDGen, but, no matter how many times I have tried, it won't work. Currently, the .cso extension is not associated with any program, so when I try to associate it with UMDGen (after I select the program location), it acts as if nothing happened. Please help, as it is really annoying.


Answer:Can't Associate File Extension with any Program

Have you tried this tutorial? - Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol

If that doesn't work, try this program 'Associate This' - Spearit Software - Download Spearit Software Products

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I am running Win XP Pro / SP3. I recently downloaded the Avant Browser. It wanted to do all browsing activities even when I kept telling it that it was not the "default". So, I uninstalled it and discovered that "internet shortcuts" no longer work. I get an error:

"The file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options Control Panel."

Seems simple enough. But when I went to folder options, the .url file type was associated with my default browser (Firefox). I redid the association -- same error. I set the association to the default (IE) -- same error. I tried other browsers I use (Safari, Opera and Chrome) -- same error.

Anyone have any idea what is happening here?

UPDATE: I was able to fix the problem but I am still not sure what was wrong. Simply changing the "association" did not do anything. But I noticed that when I right clicked on a .url file, there was no Open pick available. So I went back to File Types and explicitly set the Open action to Firefox. That seems to have solved the problem.

Answer:Can Not Associate Program with .url file (shortcut)

Sounds like there is minor corruption in the system that is preventing it from behaving correctly. Some things you can do to help correct such problems and prevent them is to

Go to Start - Run and type in CMD then type in "chkdsk /r". It will ask you if you want to run it at next boot say yes, then reboot.
Download the attached .zip file, extract it, and run CleanUp.exe. It will ask you if you want to run it in simulation mode, say no and let it run. This is very thorough and will remove all temp files on the system. I have found that some poorly designed programs will not function afterwards because the programmer placed key components in a temp folder (i.e. Earthlink Mail)
You should never need to run a registry cleaner on a regular basis, this actually causes more problems than it solves. With that in mind I would run Wise Registry Cleaner ( I like this one as it is easy to backup your registry before it removes anything. Again, after you use it do not use it again unless instructed.
If you can get an XP Pro install disc with SP3 then you can run the System File Checker. With the disc in the drive go to Start - Run and type CMD. Then type "SFC /scannow". If you get a message asking you to insert disc two, you will have to ignore it. It's the only issue I have run into running SFC on XP Pro.

These steps should help you prevent something like this from happening aga... Read more

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Greetings to all of you good people.
Fifty .avi files in first and fifty more in second folder.
How to associate wmp to files in first and winamp to files in second folder.
To open directly with left click not with right and "open with".
Is it possible with some third party app?

Answer:Associate folder (not file) with program

You can't associate a folder to a program. The folder could contain any number of different files from Audio to video to spreadsheets! But I am intrigued as to why you should want one program to open some files and another programs to open other files of the same format!

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I like IrfanView (a viewer program) as my main viewer program. I have a small gif file that looks bad running it with Irfanview, but looks good running it with QuickTime viewer.

Is it possible to associate QuickTime to just that one single file only? Because if I change that files Properties to QuickTime, windows changes all my IrfanView's files over to QuickTime at the same time. I want to keep IrfanView as my main viewer program to open gifs, jpegs, etc. but associate that one file to QuickTime (the one file that runs bad on IrfanView).

Is this possible or do I have to use "open with" each time to view it with QuickTime.

I prefer IrfanView over QuickTime to view all my other files. I don't use QuickTime at all, except to make that one GIF file play correctly. IrfanView can run that file, but it looks a bit distorted.

Answer:Associate viewer program to a particular file only

Hello Caslon,

Yes, you sure can. You could use "Open with" with a .gif file to do so, but make sure that you have the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file box unchecked. The tutorial below can help show you how to.

Open With - Change Default Program

Hope this helps,

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Hi,I am looking for a tweak or utility program that will permit me to easily associate icons with particular file types. (I have no trouble associating programs with files types).The problem arises especially with media players that want to associate themselves with every type of media file. Specifically, I use a program called '1by1' to play both .mp3 and .wav files. I want to use the 1by1 programs older version icon for .mp3 files and the newer version icon for .wav files. I have extracted both icons from 1by1.exe and managed to associate .mp3 with the old icon, but for some reason can't seem to associate the new icon with .wav files. It is a pain to have to delve into windows Folder Options and try to get things to work as desired. It's certainly not an intuitive process. Does anyone know of a program that will do this easily?-  -   -   -  -  -   -   - -...A few minutes later...Okay, went back and tried again to do it manually and succeeded. Yeh! But still, it would be a lot easier with a program that could easily do it for me.

Answer:Looking for a program that can associate icon with file type.

Found:  Just in case anyone is interested, I found a nice little freeware program that does the job fairly easily also. Program is called " Default Programs Editor ". I found it at softpedia.Also TuneUp Utilities has the feature.

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This site has helped me allot and I would just like to contribute if I could.So here CONTROL DEFAULT ASSOCIATE A FILE TYPE OR PROTOCOL...(2nd option).4.wait for programs to on icon you would like to on 'Change Program' in top rgt corner.7.choose your desired icon!Same thing happened to me and I could not find any other way to do it but one by one.I hope it works for you...

Answer:Program File Associate problem workaround solution

This should have been posted in the "how-to" section, and it would help to have an explanation of what it is you're trying to fix.

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I want to use Emacs as and editor and shell. On Windows 7 I installed cygwin , X11 and emacs. In terminal I added to /etc/profile file these lines:XWin -multiwindow 2> /dev/null&export DISPLAY=:0.0sleep 1emacs 2> /dev/null&I created a shortcut that execute this command: C:\rhcygwin64\bin\mintty.exe - Now every time I start that shortcut it starts emacs. No problem. My goal is: associate some file types like .txt , .csv and etc with emacs in order when I start foo.txt it'll open in emacs. When I tried to do it 'Set Associtation' control it accepts only file name and it does not take '-'. Hence when I try to open foo.txt it does not work. I tried to create a shortcut to mintty.exe but it didn't work either. Could someone help me to create association in order to start to mintty.exe but rather mintty.exe - ? Thanks in advance

Answer:Associate file type with cygwin/emacs program in Windows 7

I have absolutely no experience with emacs.. but interested to know sumat about (even if only a very little bit...).Does thus link provide any possible workaround?It details how to install emacs; and then presumably "their" method would allow you associate a file with that installation/location? are you familiar with the site - which might as well be talking about early Assyrian cuniform, as I have no idea really what it's all about... this link looks more promising (even to this total novice re' emacs...)? 3.7 onwards?

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I downloaded an upgrade to DxO Pro Optics. The old one, v6, was buggy so I upgraded to v7.1, which is in the v7 folder.

I can't associate my raw Canon files to DxO v7.1, probably because in regedit it says:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications\DxOOpticsPro.exe\shell\open\command it reads, under Data: "C\Program FIles(x86)\DxO Optics Pro v6\DxOOpticsPro.exe" ""1" [the extra quotation mark should be a percentage symbol (ie before the numeral one]

I thought I could change the v6 to v7 but I'm not allowed to.

I just open and close these things because I only know enough to ruin my computer.

Please help?

Answer:Unable to associate file type to upgraded version of a program

Hello pxfragonard,

Does the DxO v7.1 version have a separate folder of it's own in Program Files (x86) or Program Files instead of in the original DxO Optics Pro v6 folder? If so, you could use Open With to select the .exe file for the DxO v7.1 version to associate to the file type.

Are you able to install the DxO v7.1 version separately instead of upgrading from the older version? If so, you could uninstall them, then install the new version to be able to.

Hope this helps for now,

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Trying to change some file associations, so following the standard procedure:

Default Programs
Associate a file type or protocol with a program

When it tries to load the file extension list ('Loading....'), I get the messages:

Windows explorer has stopped working
Windows is checking for a solution to the problem
Windows Explorer is restarting

Then the control panel window closes.

1. This has never worked on my PC (Dell OptiPlex 780, 7 pro 32 bit)
2. I have Googled this problem many times and found many people have had it since about 2009.
3. I have never found a thread anywhere that solves it.

Many threads suggest causes like games programs, recent changes, viruses, Windows repair, AV and firewalls etc.
None of these apply to me, and none of these discussions have ever arrived at a solution anyway - well except one that suggested removing SOA800.DLL from MS Office. My MS Office didn't have SOA800.DLL, but did have SOA.DLL which I removed and rebooted. It didn't change anything!


Answer:Default Programs/Associate a file type or protocol with a program BUG

Welcome to Seven Forums GrahamS1.

I apparently is some Dell issue, it works for my system.

You can try using this tutorial for the file association you want to change.
Default File Type Associations - Restore

I will also contact SandeepP who is a Dell person.

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I am trying to associate kmplayer.exe for these 3 file types - avi,mp4,flv. But whatever i try Window 7 is just refusing to recognize the kmplayer.exe file.
My KMPlayer is in portable format.
What can i do to make KMPlayer as default player for these file types or is there any third party program that can help me create this association?

Answer:I can't associate portable program as default program

Is this how you are associating the files?

Open With - Change Default Program

If so, and that is what is unsuccessful, exactly what happens?

If necessary, you might have a look at this

OpenWith Enhanced

A Guy

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I am trying to associate kmplayer.exe for these 3 file types - avi,mp4,flv. But whatever i try Window 7 is just refusing to recognize the kmplayer.exe file. I tried to use Default Programs from Control Panel and "assoc" command from command prompt but neither worked.

My KMPlayer is in portable format.

What can i do to make KMPlayer as default player for these file types?

Answer:I can't associate portable program as default program

You cannot make a portable app a default player. Unless you use a 3rd party app like this: Xenon File Manager Portable | - Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives

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This file hav coe not a progam Create anassociatons controle panel. Do not know todo it.

Answer:This file has no program association

Hello Fred, and welcome to Vista Forums.

It just means that there is not a program that is associated (assigned) to open that particular file extension type.

You can right click on the file and click on Open With, then select or browse to the program's exe file that is suppose to be used to open that file with. For example, for a .txt file you would want to open it with notepad ("C:\Windows\system32\notepad.exe").

If you are not sure what to do still, then post back with what file extension your file is, and I'll be happy to help.


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I just need to disassociate jpg or jpeg from Irfanview, which is normally the program I use for quick viewing those files. But, in Windows Explorer's type, Irfanview takes a lot of room (call me picky). For example, MP4 files are listed as such: MP4 File. But jpg isn't. How can I force Default Programs to just not list any program to open jpg or jpeg files, and instead ask every time I click on jpg or jpeg files. I know, someone will say but why? Well, we all have our quirks and that is one of mine.
For instance, I have an iPad. I asked in the Apple Communities if I could call the virtual keyboard on a whim. No one gave me a clear answer -- it can't be done -- without sermonizing about why would I want to do that, that is not what Apple meant. Sheesh! People have their own style.

So, can it be done to jpg or jpeg files?

Thank you.

Answer:File association - can I dis-associate completely?

Hello Roxy,

You can download and merge the attached REG file below, then restart the computer to completely unassociate the JPG and JPEG file extensions.

If you find that you do not like having them unassociated, then you can download and merge the JPG and JPEG options in the tutorial below to restore their default associations.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

Hope this helps,

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I have a smartphone running Windows Mobile 5.0. I tried to install Acrobat Reader and it didn't work. Now the .pdf association with File Viewer doesn't work. Does anyone know how to create file associations? Either a registry hack or free software would be good.

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A little while ago, I went to open a mini-dump file. When I got the list of programs to choose from and selected one, I didn't see that the checkbox by "Always use this program to open this kind of file" was checked. I know how to change the program it uses to another one, but how can I get it back to not having a program selected?

Orange Blossom

Answer:File Opening Program Association

Control Panel > Folder Options > File Types tab

Find the extension and delete it.

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Reinstalled XP, now when I type a new WWW address in IE6 [not one thats in history] I get 'file doesn't not have a program associated with it'


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Posted before by evilsanta 10-May-2008.
I have the exact same problem

[Hello, I have a Dell XPS and the fingerprint reader software allows me to encrypt archives. One an archive is encrypted I can open and view it by clicking on it. Today I accidentally set the file type (uea) to be opened with notepad. . . . . . . .]

In may case I just want to restore the archive file the (.uea) to it's normal prog association. I can't find the program for it. The file properties for .uea show the program to be 'psql file safe'.

In general, there seems to be no 'undo' feature after doing 'open-file-with'. The 'always use this program' check box comes up checked by default - that seems to make the change permanent unless you invoke the 'open-file-with' function again and know where to find the original program.

My computer is Dell XPS 1530 running Vista Ultimate
Any advice appreciated.

Answer:Prob with .uea file program association

see if there is a protector suite entry there & associate it with that

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Trying to figure out how to resolve this issue with a Windows 7 system. The other system that is connected to the NAS is Windows XP and doesnt have this issue.On the Windows 7 system, when opening up a FileMaker Pro ( .fp5 ) file, it wants you to chose the default program all the time before opening. Yet it has a checkbox option displayed that is greyed out that would allow for this option to be set in stone to associate the file with the correct program, yet it doesnt allow for you to check the checkbox to make it a permanent default.I went into the Default Programs listing and checked there to see if there was an option there to set this as permanent and no success there.I also thought that maybe its because the user account is a user account instead of admin, and so I elevated the privileges to admin for this account and logged in as admin. As admin it also is greyed out and not able to set as permanent.Anyone have any suggestions on how this could be resolved?For now the work around is that each time a FileMaker project is opened the users have to select the FileMaker program to open the file with vs it opening automatically without prompting. On the Windows XP Home system in the office here it doesnt prompt and it opens when told to do so.  Images attached show the checkbox that is greyed no matter what is selected ( which i placed a red border around to point it out ), and the Default programs listing that shows the FileMaker Pro association to .fp5 files in which ... Read more

Answer:File/Program Association oddity

Have a look at this, might help, as those dialogs are Firefox, not Windows, I'm pretty sure.'do this automatically for files like this from now on' box greyed out'

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I notice my C drive is just about full. When exploring program file and add/delete files options, there are many program names that I just don't recognize. I figure I'd start with the Hijack this log to start trimming. I ran spybot then Hijack this log (ver 1.97.7). Would you please check my log and advise what I can get rid of? Each time I start up my pc the system searches for a Virtual bouncer shortcut (another program I don't recognize). What is the best way to delete these unwanted programs?
Thanks for your help:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 8:56:11 PM, on 01/05/2004
Platform: Windows 98 SE (Win9x 4.10.2222A)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\... Read more

Answer:Best way to delete unwanted program files?

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HiI recently uninstalled the web browser Deepnet Explorer and went back to using Firefox.I found out that using the Run command link to open web links (e.g. click here)returns the error "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Optios control panel".I duly looked in the Folder Options CPL but for the life of me cannot tell where to make this association! Gosh! There are hundreds of things listed there!Can anyone help me out?Thank you so very much.

Answer:Missing program->file association using Run commnd

go to the Firefox Folder then find the exe file that starts Firefox double click it to see if it starts, if it does right click drag a shortcut to quick start bar

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Hi All,
I have an file association issue that I haven't been able to solve.
I've been using a CAD tool GC-Prevue (from GraphiCode - Software Innovations for Electronics Manufacturing - Index) with a *.gwk extension. Recently it started associating to Acrobat X Pro. When I right-click "Open with" Acrobat is the only program listed. I tried Browse to the GC-Prevue *.exe file, choosing it and trying to open but nothing changes. It doesn't open and the "Open With" window remains with only Acrobat as the choice.
I uninstalled and reinstalled Acrobat. No Luck.
I uninstalled and reinstalled GC-Prevue. No Luck.
FWIW: I can always open the program and browse to the file I need to open and there's no problem.
Suggestions anyone?
Thanks in advance for your replies/advice.

Answer:File association won't change to the proper program

Have you tried to change the file association in Control Panel > Default Programs (small icon view)?

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I am using NT 4 Workstation.

I inadvertently removed the file associations that included .TIF files while using the View/Options/FileTypes screen.

I figured out how to re-associate the .TIF files by clicking on one of the files and using Open With, and the choosing the program called Wangimg, which I know is the program that used to open these files.

However, when I try to find .TIF file types in the File Types list, I cannot even find reference to Wangimg anymore.

How can I recover this information?

Also, for some reason, when I re-associated the .TIF files with the Wangimg program, the .TIF files have a completely different icon which I don't know how to correct.

Please help if you can.


Answer:Missing File Types and Program Association?

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I wanted to look at and edit a .dll file using Notepad, but I accidentally forgot to uncheck "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file." So now Notepad is associated with .dll files.

I've tried completely removing the registry values underComputer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.dll

but for some reason .dll files still have Notepad as the default program! Any ideas?

It's not a big deal, just incredibly irritating.. Why are file extensions so difficult to manage in Win7??

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I mistakenly associated a .modd file to open with Sony's browser PMH and would like to disassociate it and revert back to Choose Default Program.., but I just cannot find any options within the system to allow you to do this. Have searched the net for answers but get the usual answers which do not apply. Can someone help me with this please
Thanks in advance

Answer:Win 8.1 File Association back to: Choose Default Program..

Very simple. Browse to the (a) file in question, right click the file, and then click properties. Then click the CHANGE button, and you can change it back to whatever application / program that you want the file to be opened with. By doing one file it will change the default association on all files with that extension.

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I recently found many application would not save to correct type. Some software icons would come out to a blank or white block, but those software actually there. For example, realrecorder is running, it would come out a white block on taskbar on bottom. I tried use 'access and program default' in control panel, still not fix the issue. Ms word, and word pad also come out white blank icon.

Any suggestions ?

Answer:windows program file association settings not working

The "white paper icon" bug has been with Windows as long as I can remember. But try this first:
Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8

Always a good idea to make a Restore Point before any changes. Most of the time that will get you back where you started if the change has a bad side effect.

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Everything looks okay under the registry (I think) and assoc shows provides the correct output.

When I try to manually edit this under the control panel, it will not let me choose "EXCEL" it will not let me choose that file. Does anything stand out as being out of help here?

> assoc .xlsx
Export of .xlsx

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

"Content Type"="application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet"








Answer:Excel File and Program default association problem (registry looks ok)

I have also tried this (attached screenshot)

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Long story short, I used Handbrake to add soft subtitles to some video clips and the finished result are "unknown file types" which I have to open with vlc every time, the "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file box is greyed out.

The first file is a .m4v file and Handbrake also had the same output setting for the other files, but they're considered unknown by Windows. Pictured.

Anyone know of a fix?

Answer:How do I associate an "unknown file type" to a program?

Try renaming one of the .m4v files to .mp4 and see what that does.
Read more at M4V File Extension - Open .M4V Files

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I just installed Window 7 professional in place of Windows 7 Ultimate RC to which I subscribed. I was not pleased to do a clean install as opposed to an upgrade and was not informed about it.

When I reinstalled Office 2007, my outlook does not work, although exchange on the web works. I get the following error message:

There is no email program associated to perform the requested action. Please install an email program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default programs control panel 

Answer:There is no email program associated to perform the requested action. Please install an email program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default programs control panel

Louis,This issue may occur if the Outlook registry key is corrupted. When other programs try to use the Outlook Simple MAPI interface, they cannot retrieve the required information from the registry.You must first remove the corrupted Outlook registry key, and then perform a Detect and Repair operation to have Outlook rebuild the key. To do this, follow these steps:
Click Start, and then click Run.
In the Open box, type regedit, and then press ENTER.
In Registry Editor, locate the following subkey in the registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Clients\Mail\Microsoft Outlook
Select the subkey, and then press DELETE.
Click Yes.
Quit Registry Editor.
Start Outlook.
On the Help menu, click Office Diagnostics.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the repair.

Important: Above section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756  ( ) How to back up and restore the registry in Windows.Hope above information helps.

Pooja Katiyar

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The problem:

I right-click any shortcut icon on the desktop, choose "open file location" from the context menu, and receive an error dialog from windows explorer:

"This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel."

The error also happens if I choose "properties" from the shortcut's context menu, then click the "open file location" button on the properties window.

After dismissing the error dialog, I get a "blue swirly busy" for about 10 seconds, and If I click "cancel" on the properties windows it won't close until that 10 seconds is elapsed. During that timeout the desktop is busy, meaning I can't right-click the desktop
and get the context, launch a desktop shortcut or move an icon, but the taskbar and quick-launch stuff works fine. This doesn't seem to take much in the way of cpu cycles, and the machine stays responsive otherwise.

The error happens on any shortcut, in any folder, whether or not is is on the desktop. Usually, however, if the shortcut is in a non-desktop folder, the error does not occur from the shortcut context menu but still occurs from the shortcuts propery window.

What I've done so far:

Users are administrators.
The error happens in SAFE MODE with no networking.
The error occurs when logged on as a different user.
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Answer:Open File Location fails from any shortcut context menu giving a program association error dialog. Win 7 Pro x64.

OK! Found it! Fixed it.
The problem turned out to be one simple item in the "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell" key definition within the Folder progid.

The bad entry had a default value of "none" set for the Folder\shell key, and a working entry has either an empty (unset) default value or a null string default value. All of the other keys and values under the "Folder" progid remain the same and work correctly.
I have proven the problem by setting and testing that default value back and forth. It's repeatable.
It makes sense (now), knowing that the OpenContainingFolder ShellEx context menu extension class launches a new Explorer window via the Folder progid.



Chances are that I will never knlow exactly how this got changed, but should it happen again, I'm prepared.

I thank all who replied and suggested fixes. The suggested fixes led me to the correct area(s) of the registry to examine. I've learned a ton of stuff about how shell extensions are installed, programmed, and a bit about how to troubleshoot them. It would be
nice to claim elegant troubleshooting methods, but it's not true - it was just looking, testing and poking until finally stumbled upon.


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Question: Associate Program

I received an .xlsx email attachment and tried to associate it with my 2002 version of Office. I tried to associate it with Excel first and then Word but without success. I feel that maybe my version of Office is just too old but I hope that maybe I just did something wrong. I used the information from a 2007 post by ddotalana which said to go to Start then to Default Programs and on to Associate Program etc. That all seemed to work well except I still couldn't open the .xlsx.

Answer:Associate Program

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I have a load of files with .SMS extensions, which are games that I run with a program called Dega. However, Windows won't let me associate this program with these (or any other) files.

I go to Control Panel (classic view), double-click Folder Options, and under the File Types tab I click New. I create a new file type of extension SMS. All good so far - it's added to the list of file types.

I then highlight this extension in the list, and where it says Open with: I click Change..., followed by Select the program from a list. In the pop-up window, I click the Browse... button and select the Dega.exe file from a subdirectory on my C: drive. Upon clicking Open in this pop-up window, however, Dega is not acknowledged as the new program with which SMS files are to be opened.

The program that is automatically assigned to these files is called Interactive Runtime Engine, and has a yellow pencil for an icon. I've never used this program, but when I try to open one of my SMS files, it launches a login window for Microsoft Interactive Training, prompting for a username and password. This is of no use to me since, as mentioned, my SMS files are games which are run specifically on Dega.

It does let me assign other programs, such as Notepad, to the files instead, but obviously that's no use to me either.

I can still run my games from within Dega itself, but I want to be able to just double-click the icons in Windows Exporer and also set up links on my desktop and ... Read more

Answer:Can't associate files with this program

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Normally you right click on the desired extension and choose "Open With" and you get a selection to "Choose Another App." You can then select the App for for which the extension will be associated with-case closed. What if you right click and select the App but, cannot install it because Windows does not recognize the extension, yet it exist on your computer. That's what happened to me with RAF and RW2 extensions. I solved the problem by indexing the files. Then Windows 10 recognized them and I could proceed. No problem however, with Windows 7-go figure-progress.

Answer:If you cannot associate an extension to a program

pepegotme said:

Normally you right click on the desired extension and choose "Open With" and you get a selection to "Choose Another App." You can then select the App for for which the extension will be associated with-case closed. What if you right click and select the App but, cannot install it because Windows does not recognize the extension, yet it exist on your computer. That's what happened to me with RAF and RW2 extensions. I solved the problem by indexing the files. Then Windows 10 recognized them and I could proceed. No problem however, with Windows 7-go figure-progress.

I first enabled Windows 10 indexing. Then disabled it again after the recognition took place.

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Here's the problem I'm having. I go to to check my friend's list, in said friend's list there are links to directly join a Battlefield 2 server, but when I click the join button Firefox returns the following message:

Firefox doesn't know how to open this address, because the protocol (BF2) isn't associated with any program.

Is there a way to get that protocol (BF2) associated with Firefox?

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win xp sp3 32 bit

every now and then i hear voices in the background of my pc but not coming from any program.

things i've tried:
scan with anti virus, tdsskiller, rogue killer, hitman, malware bytes... all caught nothing and resolved nothing. tried rkill, nothing changed.

what could it be?


ps: can i send the logs in private?

Answer:voices in the background no program o associate with

If you would like us to check your system for malware, please do the following:

READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide

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I know often this is done within software itself, like for example in a media player's settings you can associate that player w/ media files...

But recently I installed Mathematica, and it thinks that it should be the default program to open my MatLab .m files (scripts or code files). I want to re-associate .m files with MatLab, as it was before, but I can't find any such settings within MatLab itself.

So what to do?

Answer:how to associate default program with an extension?

Right click on a .m file and choose "Open With" and then "Choose Program". In the dialog select MatLab and check the box for "Always use the selected program" finally click OK.

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I've been trying to associate .TIFF files with a program called PaperPort Image Viewer on one of my company's engineering computers. When I try to use the "Open With" function or the associate file type in Default Programs, the program does not populate in the window. I go and search for the executable for the program, select it and try to bring it into the window for acceptabel programs for the file extension, and it doesn't populate to the window. However, if I map a drive to the users computer, and try and associate the same file type with that same program from my machine, it populates into the window with no problems, once I find it in the file structure. Both machines are running Windows 7 Professional 64 bit. The engineering one is a Dell Precision 6700 and my machine is a Dell Latitude E4310 laptop.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Trying to associate .TIFF files with program not working

Hello Joe, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below may be able add the program to the "Open with" list.

Open with - Add Program

Hope this helps,

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In Windows I have Scite (a text editor) set as the default program to open .pl files. That's fine when using explorer. But on the command line I would like to have a different program open .pl files. So basically, different defaults for explorer and cmd. How would I do this?

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How do I go about associating an email program to the snipping tool in Windows 8. When I try to send the snip via email I get the message that an email program is not associated with it. I could use a detailed description. Not as good as I used to be doing this since the stroke.
I had no problems sending a snip using windows 7. I did not have to associate an email program to it.

Answer:How do I associate an email program to the snipping tool

I have never seen the "associate" terminology before. If I want to send a snip, I attach it to an email message I have typed. The snip will be sent when the email message is sent. You may need to search for the attach function. In this regard, what email program do you use?

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In Windows I have Scite (a text editor) set as the default program to open .pl files. That's fine when using explorer. But on the command line I would like to have a different program open .pl files. So basically, different defaults for explorer and cmd. How would I do this?

Answer:Associate different default program with ext for command line only

When using command line, can you use:
path to different app [space] path to pl file

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i installed windows vista first before windows 7. and i notice that the program files from vista was left named program files x86. but when i tried to delete it. it says needs permission from trusted installer. help pls. because its consuming 290mb of disk space..

Answer:cant delete program file x86


The Program Files (x86) folder is not left there by Vista. It is a necessary folder to Windows 7 64-bit. Do not try to delete it.

That is the folder where the 32-bit programs are placed. The 64-bit programs are installed into Program Files.

Hope this helps,

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I downloaded an unauthorized file and now it cannot get it removed from my computer. Every time I to Program Files to uninstall the program, I receive this message: "C:\ProgramFiles (x86)\Advanced System Protector\unins000.msg" is missing. Please correct the problem or obtain a new copy of the program. This program incessantly appears on my computer and I do not know what do.Can anyone please help or give me some advice?

Answer:Cannot Delete a Program File

Hello, and to Bleeping Computer.Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2IMPORTANT!!! - when you save the file, rename it to something random, such as bubbles.exe This must be done before beginning the download!MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from'>here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If a... Read more

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While I was on vacation, someone used my computer and downloaded an offensive video clip. I want to delete it, but whenever I try, I get a popup message saying it is being used by another program and to stop that program first.

How can I do that, please? (I have no idea what the "other program" is.
(I've taken steps to never have others use my computer while I'm away...but still have this file)

Can anyone help me, please?

Answer:A file that says I can't delete it(being used by other program)

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Can I delete it in DOS? How? I closed all my programs and it still says the file (video file) is being used by another program and therefore I cannot delete it.

Answer:How do you delete a file that is in use by another program?

Sure... your file is "delete-able" from DOS, but only if the C: partition is FAT16 (NT) or FAT32 (2K).

You're gonna need a DOS or Win95 system boot disk.

When it gives you the A:\ prompt, type in the command
del "path_to_file" \ "filename"
( IE: del C:\windows\system\myfile.exe )

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Every time I try and delete this program it says "An installation support file could not be installed.The system cannot find the file specified."I'm really not good with computers, is there a basic way I can delete this program?Thanks for the help (:

Answer:How do I delete a program if file isn't found

yes, download revo uninstaller and use that to uninstall the program, just follow the instructions: HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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I'm looking for a program that can delete files (recursivley as well) without checking the security in win7.

any ideas? anyone?

Answer:file delete program wanted

I've been and I am a long time Mil Shield user(three years, I think) and it's an useful, all-files-I-want-to-clean program. You can schedule background cleaning at each startup or shutdown, or when the browser windows are closed.

It cleans hundreds files and internet tracks into your computer, I've tested it in Windows 7 system, there are no installation troubles-runs pretty well.

, cheers

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I downloaded a file a while back that i couldn't get to work properly. after much trouble shooting I finally gave up and decided to delete the file. Low and behold i can't delete the file. all i get is the error message: "the action can't be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program" I checked all programs I've used with that file and none of them are using the file. i even disabled/uninstalled said programs with no luck. I even tried booting into safe mode but i still get the same response. Does anyone have any ideas on how i can get rid of this file.

Answer:Can't delete file. says that it is open in another program.

Try this:

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I downloaded a program of sourceforge, except I dowloded by using the 'Save As' dialog in firefox. All it downloaded 18.9 KB file that i now cannot delete. I tried turning as many programs as possible, renaming the file, scanning it with norton, rebotting in safe mode. Still no luck

I am no WinXPsp2 with hacked theme engine dll. I've got everything setup just like I want it to be and I really don't feel like reformatingg. Anyone know of any applications that will allow you to see by which application a particular file is being used?

Answer:Cannot delete file, in use by another person or program..

You can go into your task manager and try and find the process that's using it and end it, but it's much easier to just:

start in safe mode, then delete it.

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Hi, is there anyway, I can delete a program completely from my computer once I uninstall it? I understand that even if you "permanently delete" a program it is still on your computer. Is there anything I can do about that?

Windows vista, Hp

Answer:Really permanently delete file/program

REVO uninstaller deletes everything associated with a program, however usually the programs own uninstaller is sufficient.

REVO uninstaller ->

Do you have a specific program that you need to get rid of?

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I have tried to delete a file that i downloaded from a torrent and i went to run-regedit and have deleted it but it still shows in the add/remove programs with no option to remove it....please help...this is a work computer....

Answer:Can't permanately delete program file

Did yoiu try removing it through your Control Panel?
You only mention you tried to delete it from the registry.
What program is it that you're trying to delete? Maybe there is a utility that will work for you.
Otherwise you'll have to restore your system to the point previous to editing your registry and uninstall from the Control Panel.

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I tried to delete a template in "My Templates) in "Word". It would not go the the recyle bin as a file was opened in another program.

I discovered that when I went Word I get Document 1.
I then click the Office Button.
Click on close and get a faded screen.
Click the Office Button again and the only options are:
Open from Office Live
Save to Office Live

Is this the open file? If it is how do I delete it?

If not can anyone solve my problem?

Answer:Delete file opened in another program

You will need to completely close Word for you to be able to delete anything to do with Word. But to make sure it is gone, boot into Safe Mode (Getting into Windows Safe Mode - ignore the 'Not able to boot into Windows', that is not your case. Go to the section below the first picture. That is how to boot into safe mode.) and then delete your file (Don't open Word at all).

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For some reason I need permission on my computer to delete a file o-0 which I dont get because im the owner of the computer...

Answer:I can't delete A file in my Program files

Quote from: Imran619 on February 05, 2010, 05:15:58 PMFor some reason I need permission on my computer to delete a file o-0 which I dont get because im the owner of the computer...Anybody can  own a computer.The ability to modify software on the computer is limited. Each time you install software there is information that tells  you this and you checked a box that confirms you read it. You must have forgot what it said.Leave it be unless there is a compelling reason to change it.If it is a virus, then please provide more information.

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What a difference a touchpad makes. While exploring a “.bin” file before deleting it forever, I managed to associate all “.bin” files with Notepad!

Having right-clicked on the file icon, selecting “Open With” and “Choose Program…”, (with the box for “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file” checked and while Notepad was highlighted in the list of programs), I clicked on “Ok” rather than “Cancel”.

Now, when right-clicking on the file icon, and selecting “Open With”, Notepad appears as an option along with “Choose Program…”, but there’s no obvious way to undo the association.

Information found on the Microsoft Knowledge Base (which applies to ME, not to XP which is on this computer), seem to indicate a registry edit is necessary. Never done that. Any suggestions? I’d really appreciate some help!

Answer:Unwanted File Type Association

Open up Windows Explorer.
Click on Tools
Click on Folder Options
Click on File Types.

Delete the association you dont want.

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Something keeps trying to change file associations for TXT I have set to my favourite Text Editor. I keep being told by Winpatrol that it has been changed back to Notepad - do I want to allow that ? How can I stop the reversal process ?

Answer:Unwanted change in file association for TXT

How did you change the file association?


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Something keeps trying to change file associations for TXT I have set to my favourite Text Editor. I keep being told by Winpatrol that it has been changed back to Notepad - do I want to allow that ? How can I stop the reversal process ?

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I am hoping someone can help me. I downloaded two programs for a online college algebra course. I cannot delete the program files, when I try the uninstall/change button I receive this message...

"The following file does not exist or is not a valid installation log" is there anything I can do to get rid of these programs or whatever is left of the programs? Thanks for any help and advice.

Answer:I cannot delete program file that no longer exist

You are uninstalling them from Control Panel. Some programs can only be uninstalled from their uninstall shortcuts in Start Menu (yes bad programming)Click on Start Menu, select All Programs, look for the program you installed, click on its folder. You should be able to see the Uninstall icon there.

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Hi guys,
i have implemented a client/server s/ware in my client's file server. My s/ware produces *.CSV file. At times my s/ware hangs and i have to delete a particular *.CSV file in order to restart my app. At this time the windows pops up the "Cannot delete file: It is being used by another person or program" error message. The file can only be deleted if the file server restarted. But the file server cannot be restarted often because it is in production environment. Therefore i need a tool to trace the application which uses and locks the *.CSV file. By this i can kill the particular process or trace any process leakage from my s/ware.TQ.

Answer:Solved: Cannot delete file: It is being used by another person or program

Have you tried going into COMPUTER MANAGEMENT and checking the OPEN FILES on the server?

This should show you the user, type of usage, and any locks.


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i tried sdelete but its not working right. any freeware programs that i can look into? thx

Answer:anyone recommend good file delete program?

If you have CCleaner there is an option in that to delete files at Gutmann (35 Passes)

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yes, i want to delete this file located in the C:\Program Files\WindowsSidebar\en-US\sbdrop.dll.mui

but i cannot delete it, it say i dont have rights. So i tried using "cmd, run as admin" but when command prompt loads up it shows"c:\Windows\System32", how can i get it to load as "C:\Program Files" since the folder i want to delete is in there.
Suggestions are more than welcome. thanks...

Answer:wanting to delete .mui file in Program directory

You will need to take ownership of the file, see the following link for instructions:- Take Ownership of file

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I have a problem with deleting some PDF files (not all) - when I try to delete them, I get the following message:
"The action can't be completed because the file is open in another program".

I dont see anywhere that the file is really opened in another program. what's causing this problem, and how can I delete these PDF files?


Answer:Can't delete some PDF files-file opened in another program

Most likely you opened the pdf with reader - when you close reader it does not really close and retains the pdf files..

If you open task manager you will see that reader is still a running process - even though it is closed..

All the metro apps seem to do the same thing - you close and the process stays open.

A use Adobe reader as default..

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I'm running Windows XP and I have been having trouble deleting a file on my C drive. I get the message "Cannot delete XXXXXXXXXX: It is being used by another person or program. Close any programs that might be using the file and try again."
This is the file path C:\SEVEN_4X3LB_SIDE_B.ISO
I have never had so much trouble with a file before. I searched many places on the web for a solution, have found many which have helped other people but not in my case.
Please note I have already tried the following to delete the file without success:
-using DOS ( DEL command )
-Batch file (delete.bat)
-Using Unlocker program: I get the Error Debug Privileges
-Attempted to deleted in Safe mode
-used [email protected]

Thank you in advance


Answer:Unable to delete file ( It is being used by another person or program)

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Does anyone know of a way to forceably delete these files? I have the trouble of running across them frequently, and never remembering to delete them on the next boot up. I would think there would be a program to delete a file--that would close any process(es) that are linked to that file...but I have no idea what to look under. Does anyone know if that exists?

Answer:'Cannot Delete ______. File is in use by program/process.' Forceable?

Try going into safe mode and deleting them using MS-DOS or if you can, load up DOS without windows loading.

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I have a number of folders in my programs file folder which don't seem to belong there-- foremost, among them, something labelled Xerox. I can't delete it however. The spyware/malware manifests itself in self-executing popups. I close a pop-up, more appear, ad infinitum until I close Windows Explorer entirely. I enclose the HiJack log below.Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 4:53:53 PM, on 2/4/2007Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_10\bin\jusched.exeC:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 6\DragToDisc\DrgToDsc.exeC:\Progra~1\NavNT\vptray.exeC:\Program Files\COMPAQ\Easy Access Button Support\StartEAK.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\ctfmon.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\rundll32.exeC:\Program Files\Compaq\Easy Access Button Support\CPQEAKSYSTEMTRAY.EXEC:\Program Files\Compaq\Easy Access Button Support\CPQEADM.EXEC:\Compaq\EAKDRV\EAUSBKBD.EXEC:\PROGRA~1\Com... Read more

Answer:Spyware Infection: Cannot Delete Xerox Program File

Welcome Mickey Sabbath There's nothing visibly wrong in your log,please run the following scans:Download SmitfraudFix (by S!Ri)Extract the content (a folder named SmitfraudFix) to your Desktop.Reboot your computer into SAFE MODE" using the F8 method. To do this,restart your computer and after hearing your computer beep once during startup (but before the Windows icon appears) press the F8 key repeatedly. A menu will appear with several options. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate and select the option to run Windows in "Safe Mode".Open the SmitfraudFix folder and double-click smitfraudfix.cmdSelect #2 and hit Enter to delete the infected files.You will be prompted: 'Do you want to clean the registry?' answer Y (yes) and hit Enter in order to remove the Desktop background and clean registry keys associated with the infection.The tool will now check if wininet.dll is infected. You may be prompted to replace the infected file (if found): 'Replace infected file ?' answer Y (yes) and hit Enter to restore a clean file.A reboot may be needed to finish the cleaning process. The report can be found at the root of the system drive, usually at C:\rapport.txt Post the smitfraudfix report,and a new Hijack This log into your next reply===================Download DrWeb-CureIt & save it to your desktop. DO NOT perform a scan yet.You should copy/print the following because you need to be in Safe Mode from here on.Reboot your computer into SAFE MODE&quo... Read more

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If you ever want to securely delete a file completely from your system, give Right Delete a try. It is a simple secure file deletion program that uses seven pass method.
The program mainly uses the following to remove a program permanently from your system, Contextual menuSent to menuDragging and dropping the file Please note that the files once deleted using Right Delete cannot be recovered in any way so be sure when you select a file to delete.
To use the program simply unzip the software and run the Rightdelete.exe file. The program does not require any kind of installation.

Answer:Right Delete - A Simple and secure File Deletion Program

Download link?

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I downloaded an .exe file but cancelled the download before it finished. Now, it's sitting on my desktop and I can't delete it. For the past few days, it kept saying that the file is being used by another person or program. Even though the list of applications in the Task Manager was empty, I still couldn't delete it. I wasn't familiar enough with the processes to know which process to end, but I've a hunch it's explorer.exe. Now when I try to delete the same file, it says that it is not a valid Win32 application. FYI, I've tried using Killbox to delete it but it didn't work.

Is there a way to delete this file?

Answer:Solved: Cannot delete file ('used by another person/program & not a valid Win32 app')

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Is there such a thing,or is this one of those times when I have to go through each file and delete by hand? Date modified will not apply since I made tag modifications,my bad.That is a whole new problem.
Jeebers I really messed up my music files.The transfer from the old comp 2 HDD's to the new comp ,1HDD,had 2 "my music" folders,one under docs & sets,my music, and another one under docs & sets, my name ,my docs,my music.....Put them in 1 folder and now have 2 of almost all ,except for all the new tunes I have put in that folder.
I just need to know if there is a best one time only use for a reliable duplicate file removal program.

Answer:Solved: Good,Better,Best Duplicate Music File Delete Program

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I am trying to email a powerpoint slide show that I received last year, I saved it and now that I try to send it in email to myself so I can forward it to others it keeps telling me this program does not have a program associated with it for preforming this action. create an association in the set association control panel. I can view this in my saved just wont work when emailed I would like to email this out since it is a christmas slide show. I have read all the posts and tried different things still wont work. I have vista ..the file is a .pps SOMEONE PLEASE HELP..i didnt change anything on my computer that would have changed any setting to allow me me see it in email. By the way..I am NOT able to open and view any emails that have a slide showes..keeps giving that same "doesnt have a program"..message, if I save it on my computer then I can view it but not in email.

Answer:set association program

Welcome to TSG!

See if this article might help

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I keep receiving this message when i click on link " This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association..."

Answer:program association

What file were you trying to open?

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Toshiba Satellite-Vista Home Edition

Machine has just been infected with maleware & trojans. Have cleaned machine now.

Using Administrator account I cannot access ANY programs in usual manner either from desktop icons or the start menu, I get the message "The file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action" I have to right click and RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR then they are ok.

Starting in Guest mode everything is ok!!!!!

I have used a registry fix without any luck,

As a test I deleted one of my programes and re installed it hoping it would correct its self but no luck.

I have had problems in the past with the odd progam that needs to be repaired but not every prog!!!!!!!!!!!

Any ideas please


Answer:Program Association

If the reg fix doesn't fix it, you may have a corrupt user account. try setting up another admin account (in case things get worse and you lose all admin rights)
maybe others will have more input, but atleast you will have access to the computer if things go south....good luck

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Hi, this is my first post here.
I have Vista as my operating system.
I've gone back on a previous thread but it hasn't helped me.
Basically I've been sent an attachment which is a .dat file.
But, when I go into the list of programs .dat isn't listed.
How do I get around this one?

Answer:Program association

Differant applications create .dat files
you have to open it with the sane program that created it

example if if i installed lets say application1 with a cd i could use that application to open its dat files.

if i installed an application2 from a differant cd and it had data files i could not use that program to open up applications1 dat files

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PPS file in Email.
This file does not have a program associated with it.
Program file association is Power Point Viewer 2007.

Answer:Program association

Try this article.


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I constantly receive e-mails with attachments I cannot open. When I try to open them I get this mssg:
<<This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the folders option control panel.>> Usually the file has an .eml extension. I don't have a clue what to do - when I go to the folders options in the control panel it appears that .eml (or .EML) folders have already been created. Any suggestions?

Answer:Program Association

Try this from Microsoft.Unable to Open EML File Attachments in Outlook Express
You can also run the fix from Doug Knox.
EML File Association Fix

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I am getting the message "file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action" create an association with it in my computer. This is an insurance quote and the number attached to it is: 11.05.01 wks. Could someone tell me how I can open it? I have Windows 98 SE operating system. Am I missing a file that I need or can I access it some other way. Would appreciate any help. Y'all have been a great help to me in the past.

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Answer:Program association

Try to "save as" 11.05.01 wks..txt see if it will open as a text file. then if you must try something else do this , click & hilight
the file... then right click & go to "save as"... when that window opens go to notepad & click it.... or wordpad.

You should be able to open it now..... oh by the way... the box should have a check in it so it will always open as a text or doc files.


Hope that helped

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II am trying to delete a file and it will not let me do it. Keeps comming up with the fun message program has performed an illegal operation and will be shutdown I was zipping a few pics and I belive it might be a bad zip file and only installed Winzip 1/2 before I got the error should I just delete winzip and the file will then let me delete it?

Answer:Cant delete file "program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut

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When I try to open archived .pst files in Outlook 7. It tries to open with Word and state the file is too large to open. What program should I use to open it?
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Answer:Outlook 7 .pst program association...what should it be?

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Hi I have windows vista and I just purchases a copy of Vista Internet Security 2010 and I'm having trouble opening certain programs. One of them is microsoft works word. when i try to open it, I get an error messege. It says This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create and association in the Set Associations control Panel. I have gone into the control panel and it appears to be set up correctly. i was intructec to download dds and run a scan so I did. here is the DDS file. I have another file called "Attach" but I cant figure out how to get it in here?? Please help.DDS (Ver_09-12-01.01) - NTFSx86 Run by Frank at 17:36:50.60 on Thu 03/11/2010Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18882 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_13Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6002.2.1252.1.1033.18.3006.1876 [GMT -5:00]AV: Norton Internet Security *On-access scanning enabled* (Outdated) {E10A9785-9598-4754-B552-92431C1C35F8}SP: Lavasoft Ad-Watch Live! *disabled* (Updated) {67844DAE-4F77-4D69-9457-98E8CFFDAA22}SP: Windows Defender *enabled* (Updated) {D68DDC3A-831F-4FAE-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}SP: Norton Internet Security *enabled* (Outdated) {CBB7EE13-8244-4DAB-8B55-D5C7AA91E59A}FW: Norton Internet Security *enabled* {7C21A4C9-F61F-4AC4-B722-A6E19C16F220}============== Running Processes ===============C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k Dco... Read more

Answer:program association problems

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. Please include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Please refrain from running tools or applying updates other than those we suggest while we are cleaning up your computer. The reason for this is so we know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process.Even if you have already provided information about your PC, we need a new log to see what has changed since you originally posted your problem.We need to create an OTL ReportPlease download OTL from one of the following mirrors:This is THE MirrorSave it to your desktop.Double click on the icon on your desktop.Click the "Scan All Users" checkbox.In the custom scan box paste the following:CODEnetsvcsmsconfigsafebootminimalsafebootnetworkactivexdrivers32%systemroot%�... Read more

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Sorry I know this has to have been answered many times but I have no luck with the search on here..

I try to email a picture file from My Pictures folder.. I get a pop up saying there is no email associated to preform the task and tells me to install or associate a program from the default programs control panel..

I do have Gmail and Yahoo and have used them frequently. the rest I cannot find or what I find I cannot make work..
simply..... I want to open the MY Pictures folder. chose a picture or folder.. right click... chose Send.. Chose Mail recipient... then send the picture file... Or is this, as many other things (compared to XP).. beyond the capability of 8.1

any help would be great..

Answer:Email program association

If you're using Google Mail(Gmail), all you need to do is compose a new message and then browse to your "My Pictures" folder and then select and attach the photo in your message.
The paper clip icon in the message box is what you click to attach a photo.

I've never used Yahoo Mail, so I'm not familiar with how you do it there.


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ok so i am doin this biology project and my bro wants to use my comp I let him. A few hours go by and he calls me up from upstairs with that "oh **** I think i broke something voice" So i come up and he says that he downloaded bittorrent onto my comp and he did somethin and now my comp thinks everything is a torrent file. Games, Browsers, ect. So I deleted all and every trace of the torrent but now everything is like a random file and I have to find the file in its program files folder and open it from their. Is their anyway to get all the files back to normal? I have tried turning off and turning on the computer. I went to the set associations control panel but it confused me and I haven't fixed it yet. any way to fix this?

Answer:Program association problem

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I'm not sure which forum is specifically suited for this issuie, but since it didn't start happening till I upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7 Home premium I'll assume it goes here. The problem is basically as follows:

I will typically have a Google Chrome browser window open while I have the game SecondLife up. Now I used to watch alot of things on Stagevu or other DivX related video hosts while in SL. Well, these last few times I've tried this the video will stop playing and the sound will loop. The browser will remain interractable but the SecondLife window will then 'Not Responding'.

I don't know if this is a crossing of program details or what, but if anyone has any ideas on how to fix this I would be grateful.

Answer:Program Association Problem?

Appearently I get the same problem when its not in a browser but a standalone DivX player too.

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When trying to open a shortcut "Hyper Text Template(HTT), I receive the following message:

"File does not have program associated with it for performing this action. Creat association in the Folder Options control panel."

How do I do this?

Also, while trying to free up some space I was deleting files and "compressing old files". This is where trouble began. Does compressing old files cause any damage?

Any advice? Speak to me like I am 3. Thanks a bunch.

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Is there a way to set email links to open Novell's GroupWise, rather than Outlook? We are running, Windows XP, and GroupWise 5.5, on a Novell network. If you go into IE>Tools>Options>Programs>Email, there are several different email options, none of them being GW. The obvious answer is no, but I wan't sure if there was a way around this, or not.



Answer:IE email program association

Can you:

1. Open the Windows Explorer
2. Go to Tools / Folder Options / File Types
3. Scroll down to URL:MailTo Protocol (it's generally towards the top)
4. Click on the Advanced button
5. Click on the Edit button
6. Then browse to the location of the program you want to use.

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Hi, how can I change program association on Libraries? I mean, in Music, when you right click your Album Art it gives you the option to play with Windows Media Player. I would like to change that to WinAmp. Can it be done? I saw you can change the icon, so I guessed...


Answer:Library - Program Association

Normally you use right click and "open with" option on the files you want to associate.

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It used to be that, if I clicked on a file and then right click and open with, I would get a list of recommended file associations. On the bottom of the list I would get an option to "Choose default program". If I selected this an "Open with" window would appear I could select a recommended exe or browse to another exe I would then have the option to always use the program to open this kind of file. Now when I select "Choose default program" I get a File association helper that says Unable to find software for the selected file. If I select the bottom radio button "Search through Windows" I can get the Open with dialogue but the Always use.... tick box is blank and greyed out. Any ideas as to the cause?
Thanks in advance.

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Answer:No files have a program association.

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Somehow .txt extension got associated with the Registry Editor and it cannot be changed. Namely, I click on Change program, select the editor I want to use, but the association does not change. Furthermore, the Always use the selected program... checkbox is disabled.

Any suggestion how to overcome this would be highly appreciated.


Answer:Unchangeable program association

You must be careful with the registry editor or you may not be able to boot
If you know when the problem happened, perform a system restore from a few days before. That will correct the problem
System Restore

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anyone know of a program that can associate programs to open ports? Basiclly like zonealarm whereas it tells you what program is accessing what port. I have a machine on our network that is constantly sending traffic on port 161 (SNMP) however we ripped out everything we can possibly think of. And there is a conflict with the software that we have installed on our systems which makes installing zonealarm to discover this problem impossible. also by running zonealarm I wont be able to do this remotly. So I am against the wall... so if there is a program that can tell you what programs are running currently and through what ports and can be done remotely, this info would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:port to program association

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Hello, I have Windows XP home ed, HP Pavilion Laptop. I had to reformat my drive due to problems. When I did this I made a Program File and put in under My Documents. It has the program files I used before I had to reformat my C drive.Now, when I try and access my normal Program File it tells me C:Program Files is not accessible. Access denied. I tried going through user account and set up 2 new accounts with Admin. My current 2 accounts have program admin. But I still can not access the Program Files on the C drive. I want to transfer the Program Files from My Documents to the Program Files in the C drive.Any suggestions?Thank you!

Answer:Cannot access program file, have 2 program files, one normal, one in My Document

You need to take ownership:

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My computer is setup to use a 120gb SSD for my OS (Windows 7 ultimate 64bit) and a 2Tb hard drive for my program files, user folders etc. I use junction points to link the program files and user files from C:\ to D:\. This normally works like a charm however I recently updated iTunes and it deleted my C:\Program Files (x86) junction point and created a Program Files (x86) folder on the C:\ drive, this completely roots my system as all my Program Files (x86) are stored on my D:\ drive and now my computer can't find them since the junction point has been deleted. How can it do this and most importantly any reason as to why it's doing this? It's an easy fix on my end as all I have to do is put back in my windows installation disk boot from it and remake the junction point but it's a real pain to do it when it shouldn't happen in the first place.

Also after remaking the Junction point I decided to uninstall iTunes and it once again deleted my junction point while uninstalling.

(Note: My Program Files, and User, junction points have worked as normal and have not been deleted just my Program Files (x86) junction point. I am creating my junction points using the command mklink "C:\Program Files (x86)" "D:\Program Files (x86)" /J)

Does anyone have any ideas to why this is happening? Any help is much appreciated.



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