Hello 8Forums Community,
I'm having file association issues.
I've have tried troubleshooting this for hours without any avail. I'm coming here as a last resort....now that I think of it, maybe I should have come here first.
On to my issue:
I recently lost file association capabilities with .torrent and GDrive items (.gdoc, .gforum, .gsheet, etc). These are the two that I have at least noticed.
- When I click on either of those files, it gives me a prompt to choose a file association. Since the correct program isn't listed, I go and click on the option to find the program manually. However after I select the correct program for each of the above files listed, nothing happens. Nothing opens, nothing changes, nada happens.
- I have also tried right clicking on each of the files above mentioned, going to properties, under the general tab I click change next to the part where it says "Opens with:". Same thing as in part #1. Nothing happens, nothing changes. It says in that slot "Pick an app" and says the same thing after I pick an app.
- Then I went to Control panel, Default Programs, Associate a file type or protocol with a program. The interesting part here is that I cannot find among the huge file extension list the above referenced file extensions (.gdocs, etc). It's like they are not baked into the system. However, when I go to regedit (registry editor) and look at this key "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts" I can find all the file extensions listed above. I even deleted the .gdocs one to see what would happen (deleting the whole extension file in the reg editor under the above reg edit address) and nothing happened. I still cannot associate anything with a .gdoc file.
- Other common file extensions such as .pdf work great. I can change between the default program without an issue. If I change a default program for a .pdf file, it sticks and does not give me headaches as the above file extensions.
I'm running out of options. I have a suspicion that maybe running Advanced SystemCare 7 may have done something strange to those file extensions. Just a hunch, but I don't know how to further look into this. I cannot do a file restore as this has been going on for a while, and I don't remember which restore to use or how far back to go or if I even have a restore option that could fix this.
Your help is much appreciated.