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  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 64 bit

    Default programs


    I am unable to get Windows 8 to accept some of my preferred programs as default. I have tried several things and have now discovered the following anomaly:
    My preferred programs (ArcSoft PhotoStudio and Corel Paint Shop, in particular) are not listed in the 'Set Your default programs' screen. They are, however, listed as programs available to 'Uninstall' so I presume they have been correctly installed in the first place.
    What is going on here? And, incidentally, why does Windows 8 make it so hard to do even the simplest things???
    Any direction or help would be appreciated.
    bevaau

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello bevaau, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You should be able to use "Open with" to browse to and select the .exe file of the program you want to set as the default program of a file type. The tutorial below can help show you more on this.

    Open with - Change Default Program in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Thanks Shawn but that DID NOT work!
    I followed the sequence - several times - including once pretending that I could not see my preferred program and selected "search for another app on this computer" to locate the .exe file but the photos still stubbornly open with Windows Photo Viewer - no matter what I do to change it. I did notice that when I asked it to search, it opened the Program Files folder, not the Program Files (x86) folder. Is that significant? I changed to the latter folder and selected the appropriate .exe file, clicked Open and nothing happened - it still opened with Photo Viewer next time.
    Any more suggestions? Any idea of where else I can go??
    I have an HP computer, Windows 8 64 bit, 8G RAM and almost limitless hard drive space (at least for now) - is any of that significant. I also had, but quickly removed, Norton Security.
    Bevaau
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  4. #4


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Did you check the Use this app for all (extension) files box?
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  5. #5


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    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Yes - I even checked each time that I did that.
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  6. #6


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    64-bit Windows 10


    I tested this with Arc Soft Photo Studio, and it's working for me.

    Did you navigate to and select to "Open with" this file below?

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcSoft\PhotoStudio 6\PhotoStudio.exe"
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  7. #7


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    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Thanks so much for your patience! Yes, I did that. PhotoStudio opens normally when I open the program first and then File-Open the picture I want - so I CAN work around it. (The same thing happens with Corel Photo Shop.) I just somehow believe that the OS should work the way it is supposed to!! The only other thing I have done - which may or may not have something to do with this - is to remove Norton from the computer within a couple of days or purchase! Other than that I have not made any significant changes (I don't think) - I have just been moving files from an old computer to the new one.
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  8. #8


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Not sure why you can't set those program's .exe file as the default program using "Open with" since it works for me with them.

    You might see if uninstalling and reinstalling the programs may help.
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  9. #9


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    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    I might try that - or I might just learn to live with it! But I would never recommend Windows 8 to anyone!!
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  10. #10


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Not sure what may have happened on your end, but this is not an issue with Windows 8 since it works fine for me doing this with these exact programs. Hopefully reinstalling the programs may help.
    Last edited by Brink; 19 Jan 2013 at 15:30.
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