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Win8 File Association Type

  1. #1


    Posts : 35
    windows 8

    Win8 File Association Type


    Everytime I install Win8 , the default file association all goes to Metro UI associated. I won't use Metro UI at all , instead use the Desktop. So everytime I've go to the [Control Panel] ... [Programs] ... [Make a file type always open in a specific program]
    It's very annoying. Is there a simple way to let me change all the files association type such as by .reg. I've tried regshot program to get certain file association change registry then import it to the registry , but with fail. As it said program is in use , forbitten ...
    I can't thinks of a simple way to solve this program even in the safe mode.

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  2. #2


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    You would need to import the reg file into the hive from outside of windows.

    What did regshot give you as a.reg file?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 35
    windows 8


    hello SIW2 ,

    I can understand what you mean and I know the steps you mentioned , importing by WinPE registry.
    But I through away the registry by regshot long ago as I thought it's useless.

    Frankly speaking , using regshot to compare registry with shot1 and shot2 is really hard task. Besides , there're so many File Association Type to modify. For all of the modification , that may take a week non-stopping !!!

    Is there a faster way for this. Thanks

    Is there a program that record the modification of registry and files, then can apply the next time ?
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    I don't know which associations you want, exactly. Photoviewer and IE , I expect, and what else?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 35
    windows 8


    AC3 Audio , AVI Video file , BMP , BSF (HDTV) , divx , flc , flic , flv , gif , jpe , jpeg , jpg , m2t , m2ts , m2v
    m4a , m4v , mid , midi , mkv , mov , mp3 , mpe , mpeg , mpg , mpv2 , mts , pdf , png , rm , rmvb , swf
    tif , tiff , tod , tp , trp , ts , wav , wmf , wmv , xvid , zip

    These are the File Association I want to modify their default open program.
    Did you found that once install Win8 , all the default open program all goes to Metro UI , just like mp3 , pdf ....
    Say if you install Faststone Image Viewer for photo viewing at set the file association to all it's default files , the setting is useless in a certain extend. What I try to say is , if Metro UI program has the ability to open some photo file extension , evening you set in Faststone file association. Not all of them will be change. As Metro UI will open some of them if it can be. And the other photo file type which it can't open , will let Faststone to open.

    Specially the video files , also Windows Media Player is not the default program to open .mp3 !! The default one is Metro UI program , right ?

    That's why I want to change the above File Association by one tick to get rid of that annoying Metro UI.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 35
    windows 8


    A stock install of Windows 8 will include some interesting new file associations. The new Windows Reader app, for example, is configured to open PDF, XPS, and OXPS files by default. The Photos app is configured to open a wide range of picture files. Xbox Video is configured to play all video files, and Xbox Music is configured for audio files.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 446
    Win 8 64-bit


    I assume it's just on your own personal computer, as you didn't respond to the DISM suggestion in the other forum.

    Instead of setting the defaults for each individual file type, have you tried doing most of them by program association instead, as per the following tutorials:

    How To Make Images, Music, Video, and PDF Files Open On The Desktop in Windows 8

    Default Programs - Set Your Default Programs in Windows 8
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  8. #8


    Posts : 35
    windows 8


    hello ARC1020

    Thanks for your suggestion web tutorial , but I know that well already. I do this file association changing all the day. So I know it and I hate it. As everytime it takes me at least 5 minutes to concentrate to the monitor to make this changes. After this job I'll nearly black out after keening to the monitor.

    The above website don't help. Thanks.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 35
    windows 8


    What I want is a fast and easy way to modify the File Association. Either program of by registry way. Thanks
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  10. #10


    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64

    use DISM


    allgames71, there's an easy way, but it's a little better suited for deploying OS with the custom file type associations set, rather than applying it after the installation.

    Basically, you configure the system as you like in your account, then run:
    Code:
    dism /online /Export-DefaultAppAssociations:C:\temp\AppAssoc.xml
    Then you can import XML on any OS
    Code:
    dism /online /Import-DefaultAppAssociations:C:\temp\AppAssoc.xml
    But there's a catch! It only applies to accounts created afterwards. The existing accounts don't get these settings, except for the one you used to configure file type associations.

    To take advantage of this method at deployment time, you mount the image (e.g. install.wim) and import XML into it:
    Code:
    dism /Mount-Image /ImageFile:C:\wim\install.wim /MountDir:C:\mount
    dism /Image:C:\mount /Import-DefaultAppAssociations:C:\temp\AppAssoc.xml
    Then you deploy the image and pat yourself on the back
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