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elklaker

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Associate NNTP Protocol to a specific app in Window 8

Background:
I have an desktop application I use for nntp, but I can't associate nntp with my app in windows 8. I never had a problem on windows 7 and prior.


Question:
How do I manually configure windows8 that nntp should be handled by my application? When I go through control panel, it only lets me add apps from windows app store, or Google Chrome. I do not see how to add my app to the list of apps.


Thank you in advance for your time.
 
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Vadikan

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In the classic Control Panel, find "Associate a file type or protocol with a program" ans scroll all the way down. Is NNTP listed under protocols?
If so, what happens when you click "Change program"?
If not, what kind of software is it? Does it come with the installer?
 

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elklaker

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As stated above, when I go through control panel to change what application is associated with nntp, it only lets me add apps from windows app store, or Google Chrome. I do not see how to add my app to the list of apps.

Alternate question: How can I add my own protocol, and associate it with an app of my choice, not one from the Windows app store?
 

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Vadikan

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Yes, I've read what you had stated above, but it was not clear where exactly you had performed this operation. That was the reason for my question, as I prefer not to guess.

Unfortunately, you haven't answered my other question
If not, what kind of software is it? Does it come with the installer?
The reason for this question was that the software developer should've taken care of registering the software with all the protocols it supports. It is usually done at the installation time and taken care by the software installer. Portable apps don't do that...

Alternate question: How can I add my own protocol, and associate it with an app of my choice, not one from the Windows app store?
Application Registration would be a good start along with other articles under File Types and File Associations.

See also
• an example of Add your program to "Default Programs" in Windows 7 (Chromium)
my post that gives a background on the updates to the file association model in Windows 8
 
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elklaker

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Thank you for the additional info. The app I'm using doesn't set this properly in Windoiws 8, due to the changes in file and protocol associations from Windows 7 and prior to Windows 8. It is a regular app, not a portable.

Looks like I cannot set the association manually, as the core question asks. I cannot set it in Windows 8 either, as the option to select my own application doesn't exist, it would appear.
 

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adamf

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Yes you can.

Right click on your file, select open with. Click on "more options" (if it appears) then scroll to the bottom and there click on "Pick another app on this PC". Then navigate to the application in Program Files or Program Files x86.

(Click on the box at the top that says "Make this the default for all xxxxx files" if you wish.)
 

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elklaker

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Adamf,
Thanks for the info. This isn't about a file, it's about a protocol. Say I have a protocol called xyz:// that I would like to have a specific application open with, how would you set that manually in Windows 8? I know how to do it in all over versions of Windows, but it appears to have been locked down pretty tight in Windows 8.
 

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adamf

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Sorry, I misunderstood. I don't know I'm afraid.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    MacBook Pro Core2Duo
    CPU
    T7600
    Memory
    3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon X1600
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Internal
    Screen Resolution
    1440 x 800
    Hard Drives
    40GB
    Keyboard
    Apple
    Mouse
    Apple
    Internet Speed
    Varies
    Browser
    Various
    Antivirus
    Defender

elklaker

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Vadikan,
I reviewed the links you first provided. The only example I saw that talks about changing the registry values applies to Windows 7. As there is a change between Windows 7 and Windows 8, is there also an example of what explicitly needs to be set in Windows 8 for this to function properly? Bear in mind, I'm not a programmer, I just want to get my application to work properly in Windows 8.

Thank you for your time on this question.
 

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I can't guarantee that this fully applies to Windows 8, but you have to give it your best shot before throwing the towel or looking for specific Windows 8 guides. Just follow the Chromium example and use MSDN for reference. One doesn't have to be a programmer to edit the registry.
 

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