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

  1. #20


    Posts : 4
    windows 8


    Hi Brink,

    Thanks for the quick reply, however, it did not remove the association. I received an Error (16) - some registry keys could not be removed.

    Any other recommendations?
    Thanks again
    Nick

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  2. #21


    Posts : 22,568
    64-bit Windows 10


    In that case, download and merge the .reg file below, and restart the computer afterwards to fully apply. It will strip out the most common association references for the .tcx file that should hopefully do the trick for you.

    unassociate_TCX.reg
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  3. #22


    Posts : 4
    windows 8


    Brink,
    That has deleted TCX. files from the associations list altogether which is fine.

    However, when I then open a TCX downloaded file it still automatically defaults and opens with wordpad.

    Any other options?

    Thanks again
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  4. #23


    Posts : 22,568
    64-bit Windows 10


    Odd. It shouldn't open with anything by default if unassociated, and ask you what you want to open it with instead.

    If you like, do a search for [B].tcx[/B ]in Registry Editor using the Find and Find Next feature, and delete all .tcx keys found. There may be a stray one out there causing this.

    Registry Editor - Find and Find Next

    Be sure to create a restore point before doing this in case you may need to use it to undo a mistake. Best to be safe.

    Restore Point - Create in Windows 8
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  5. #24


    Posts : 4
    windows 8


    Strange, no other tcx files found. Its almost like TCX files dont exist on my computer now, which is actually what I want, however, any tcx file that I run, still defaults and opens in notebook, even though the tcx doesnt actually exist.

    Headscratching now!
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  6. #25


    Posts : 22,568
    64-bit Windows 10


    I'm not sure what else to suggest other than to do a system restore using a restore point dated before you mistakenly set .tcx files to open with Notebook.
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  7. #26


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    Does anyone else think this part of windows is a epic fail?
    try copying a programs executable of a mentioned in the default program list to another directory and point the association there, more likely it will fail to associate. (see what i mean run a associated file look at task manager see where program file location)
    microsoft should at least show the path of the default program (if changed) to counter this or at least say the change was not made because it didnt.
    hope they listen for windows 10 since problem win 7/8 cant remember if vista had same.
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  8. #27


    Posts : 22,568
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbadama123 View Post
    Does anyone else think this part of windows is a epic fail?
    try copying a programs executable of a mentioned in the default program list to another directory and point the association there, more likely it will fail to associate. (see what i mean run a associated file look at task manager see where program file location)
    microsoft should at least show the path of the default program (if changed) to counter this or at least say the change was not made because it didnt.
    hope they listen for windows 10 since problem win 7/8 cant remember if vista had same.
    It fails because that's not how associations work.

    You would need to install the program to the location you want instead of copying it there. Copying will not work.
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