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Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8

  1. #140


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by iOS View Post
    I ran into the same problem and SOLVED it.

    Background:
    - Migration from Windows7 Pro-x32 to Windows 8 Pro-x32

    Scenario:
    - Win8 refused to associate certain audio/video file extensions (specifically flv, avi, mp3, mp4, m4v, mov, mpg, mpeg) with VideoLAN VLC media player while others (e.g. mkv) were associated.

    Solution:
    1. open regedit [I used > Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00]
    2. navigate to > HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts
    3. backup the FileExts folder (right-click > Export)... just to be safe
    4. delete the extensions that refuse to associate with your program (right-click > Delete)
    5. open: Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Default Programs > Associate a file type or protocol with a program
    6. for each extension you just deleted in the registry: Choose it > click on: Change program... (grey button on the right) > choose your program
    7. DONE! The files are associated immediately, no system restart required.

    Good luck!
    Let me know if this solved your issue.
    Hello iOS, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Yep, deleting that registry key would remove the user's association choice that would have been made usually with "Open with", Default Programs, and sometimes a program.

    The .reg files in the tutorial will already delete that location by default to help, and of course restore the other default registry keys of the file extension.

    Thank you for shining a brighter light on this.

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  2. #141


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    8.1


    Hey Brink, can you please add the https one as well please?

    Cheers.
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  3. #142


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Edgar,

    HTTPS has been added to the list.
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  4. #143


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    8.1


    Thanks mate.
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  5. #144


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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  6. #145


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1 Pro With Media Center 64bit

    Default Association for .reg file


    OK I screwed up and managed to associate .reg files with PSPad editor.
    Can you make a reg file for the .reg extension please? Many thanks!

    PSPad is a great editor but this all came about because for some reeason in Windows 8, it's system integration does not work properly. So when it is installed you do not get the right click menu option to "edit with PSPad"
    The same issue has been posted on their own forums but I have not yet found a solution for it. Maybe I can look at the entries that get installed on a Win 7 machine and duplicate it.
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  7. #146


    Posts : 22,578
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Drew, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Unfortunate a .reg file wouldn't work to restore .reg since the association is broken.

    You could also use Default Programs to set the .reg file extension has it's Current Default program set as Registry Editor (C:\Windows\regedit.exe) to fix this though.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  8. #147


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 64-Bit


    How would you change .cap files?
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  9. #148


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Napalmgrenade, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Please provide more details for what you are wanting to change about .cap files.
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  10. #149


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 64-Bit


    Basically I accidentally associated the .cap file with 7Zip and I can't get it to restore to default?
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