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April 11, 2005 12:07:02 AM

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When I right-click on a file and choose "Open With...", I get a few choices
and "Choose Program...", under the seperator. When I click on "Choose
program...", the file will open up in Notepad, no matter what kind of file
it is.It does not offer any other choices, as it is meant to do....
This is bumming me out because I have been wanting to double-click some
registry keys(.reg) to fix a different problem I now have, and the keys do
not get sent to the registry, but will only open in Notepad.
Any help much appreciated,
Waldo
Anonymous
April 11, 2005 12:07:03 AM

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For one thing it sounds like your reg file association is screwed up...

Windows® XP File Association Fixes
Copyright 2003 - Doug Knox
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm

REG File Association Fix (Restore default associations for REG files)

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Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

In news:GHf6e.3720$Fm5.2969@trndny09,
Waldo <Waldo@yeahright.com> hunted and pecked:
> When I right-click on a file and choose "Open With...", I get a few
> choices and "Choose Program...", under the seperator. When I click on
> "Choose program...", the file will open up in Notepad, no matter what
> kind of file it is.It does not offer any other choices, as it is meant to
> do....
> This is bumming me out because I have been wanting to double-click some
> registry keys(.reg) to fix a different problem I now have, and the keys do
> not get sent to the registry, but will only open in Notepad.
> Any help much appreciated,
> Waldo
April 11, 2005 12:07:03 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support,microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Try this.

Go to:
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
Read and follow instructions.
Go to line 220 -- left side for:
Restore Open With on the Right Click.

"Waldo" <Waldo@yeahright.com> wrote in message
news:GHf6e.3720$Fm5.2969@trndny09...
> When I right-click on a file and choose "Open With...", I get a few
> choices
> and "Choose Program...", under the seperator. When I click on "Choose
> program...", the file will open up in Notepad, no matter what kind of file
> it is.It does not offer any other choices, as it is meant to do....
> This is bumming me out because I have been wanting to double-click some
> registry keys(.reg) to fix a different problem I now have, and the keys do
> not get sent to the registry, but will only open in Notepad.
> Any help much appreciated,
> Waldo
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Anonymous
April 11, 2005 12:32:12 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support,microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell\openas\command

Is the Command that is run when choosing Open on a unknown file type or choosing Choose Program on a registered file type. It's default value is
%SystemRoot%\system32\rundll32.exe %SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,OpenAs_RunDLL %1

and it must be Reg_Expand_SZ type.

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"Waldo" <Waldo@yeahright.com> wrote in message news:GHf6e.3720$Fm5.2969@trndny09...
> When I right-click on a file and choose "Open With...", I get a few choices
> and "Choose Program...", under the seperator. When I click on "Choose
> program...", the file will open up in Notepad, no matter what kind of file
> it is.It does not offer any other choices, as it is meant to do....
> This is bumming me out because I have been wanting to double-click some
> registry keys(.reg) to fix a different problem I now have, and the keys do
> not get sent to the registry, but will only open in Notepad.
> Any help much appreciated,
> Waldo
April 12, 2005 1:08:11 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support,microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

"David Candy" <.> wrote in news:o huWo0hPFHA.3380@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl:

> HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell\openas\command
>
> Is the Command that is run when choosing Open on a unknown file type
> or choosing Choose Program on a registered file type. It's default
> value is %SystemRoot%\system32\rundll32.exe
> %SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,OpenAs_RunDLL %1
>
> and it must be Reg_Expand_SZ type.
>

David,
After Unknown, there are no other folders. Do I have to create a new key
with the above data? if so, how do I make it Reg_Expand_SZ type...?
I'm a novice at this registry stuff (but becoming quite knowledgeable):-)
Ciao,
Waldo
Anonymous
April 12, 2005 1:23:48 PM

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Waldo,

Apply this REG fix. Automates the task:
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/reg/openas.reg

To see the contents, open the file with Notepad.

--
Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
Windows XP Shell/User
http://windowsxp.mvps.org


"Waldo" <Waldo@yeahright.com> wrote in message
news:%GB6e.6344$ff4.1801@trndny08...
> "David Candy" <.> wrote in news:o huWo0hPFHA.3380@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl:
>
>> HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell\openas\command
>>
>> Is the Command that is run when choosing Open on a unknown file type
>> or choosing Choose Program on a registered file type. It's default
>> value is %SystemRoot%\system32\rundll32.exe
>> %SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,OpenAs_RunDLL %1
>>
>> and it must be Reg_Expand_SZ type.
>>
>
> David,
> After Unknown, there are no other folders. Do I have to create a new key
> with the above data? if so, how do I make it Reg_Expand_SZ type...?
> I'm a novice at this registry stuff (but becoming quite knowledgeable):-)
> Ciao,
> Waldo
April 12, 2005 8:27:25 PM

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"Ramesh, MS-MVP" <ramesh@online.mvps.org> wrote in news:utqn8MxPFHA.3336
@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl:

> http://windowsxp.mvps.org/reg/openas.reg

Ramesh,
Thanks...That did the trick.
Ramesh, do you think you could help with my other problem of permanently,
and globally, clearing the check box in the "run as..." dialog box which
states: "Protect my computer from unauthorized program activity."
It also seems i can't associate ".exe" extension with applications in the
file types dialog box...
I have a feeling all of these are related....
Thanks,
Waldo
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