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Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol in Windows 8

  1. #10


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingTrees View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Chemilyx, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You could download the .reg file for the listed .exe option in the tutorial below to fix this. It will restore the default associations for .exe files.

    Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Shawn,
    How do you save a .reg file to your desktop as it says in your tutorial? Thanks.
    Hello FlyingTrees, and welcome to Eight Forums.


    One way is to right click on the download link for the file type, and click on "Save target as" or "Save link as", then select to save it to your desktop?

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  2. #11


    Detroit
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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    anyone able to fill me in on how to change which program is used to "EDIT" via the context menu? I was able to change my file association for HTML files to my Browser (chromium) however when I try to edit the html files it opens up Microsoft Word ffs lol. I am looking for it to open notepad but obviously only when using EDIT.

    IIRC this is possible if using Windows Explorer via the Internet Options applet in control panel however, naturally - I am not using internet explorer and so the page which normally allows you to choose default programs for this, that, and the other thing - is no longer present.

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  3. #12


    Detroit
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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    I got it! For anyone who runs into a similar problem regardless of filetype/extension - FileTypesMan was able to handle it for me. That guys software is the shizzle!
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  4. #13


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    Hey Kevin,

    If you like, the tutorial below will add "Open with Notepad" to the context menu to make it easier to edit files in Notepad without affecting your current associations.

    Open with Notepad - Add or Remove from Context Menu of Files - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  5. #14


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    Windows 7


    Hi there,
    Thanks for your helpful article.

    However the final screenshot illustrates the problem I am having; there is no "More options" options when I try changing the .ftp filetype association.

    I'd like to open the .ftp protocol in an actual FTP client (Filezilla, WinSCP etc.) but this doesn't appear to be possible?

    If anyone knows a way to achieve this, I would be most appreciative.
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  6. #15


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    Hello chickendippers, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Are you able to use "Open with" to select the program you want to open the file with instead?

    Open with - Change Default Program in Windows 8
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  7. #16


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    Windows 7


    Hi,
    Thanks for your reply. That gave me a thought; I created a file with the extension .ftp and then was able to use the 'open file with' technique to assign it to Filezilla.

    Thanks!
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  8. #17


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    Great news. I'm glad to hear that you got it sorted.
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  9. #18


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    windows 8


    How do I default a TCX file that I have accidentally defaulted Notepad to Open. I want it to default back to Unknown Application.

    I tried deleting the command in Regedit, but it hasnt defaulted it.

    Thanks in advance
    Nick
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  10. #19


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    Hello Nick, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You could use an option in the tutorial below to unassociate .tcx files. I like OPTION THREE.

    File Extension Type - Unassociate - Windows 7 Help Forums
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