"open with" file associations

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For some reason now, whenever I try to RIGHT click on ANY of my file
types, and do a OPEN WITH, I come up with the following message,

"This file doesn't have a program associated with it, for performing
this action. Create an association in the folder options control panel".


Except that when I go there, there IS a program associated with the
particular file type.

Example: .jpg files, I have Microsoft photo editor, Paint Shop Pro 7,
and Picassa, installed. I used to be able to RIGHT click on a .jpg file,
and then go to "open with" and it would give me a list of installed
programs to choose from. NOW I get the above error.

Now, I DO use a registry cleaner, could I have damaged something? and
how do I get it back?

What gives?

HELP PLEASE..
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    /Michael Arends/ said:
    > For some reason now, whenever I try to RIGHT click on ANY of my file
    > types, and do a OPEN WITH, I come up with the following message,
    >
    > "This file doesn't have a program associated with it, for performing
    > this action. Create an association in the folder options control panel".
    >
    >
    > Except that when I go there, there IS a program associated with the
    > particular file type.
    >
    > Example: .jpg files, I have Microsoft photo editor, Paint Shop Pro 7,
    > and Picassa, installed. I used to be able to RIGHT click on a .jpg file,
    > and then go to "open with" and it would give me a list of installed
    > programs to choose from. NOW I get the above error.
    >
    > Now, I DO use a registry cleaner, could I have damaged something? and
    > how do I get it back?

    Does it have an UNDO function? Try that.

    Also see http://dougknox.com XP-FIXES for "restore default file
    associations easily" link (on the right).

    --
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  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Smiling Wickedly, dev answered:
    > /Michael Arends/ said:
    >
    >>For some reason now, whenever I try to RIGHT click on ANY of my file
    >>types, and do a OPEN WITH, I come up with the following message,
    >>
    >>"This file doesn't have a program associated with it, for performing
    >>this action. Create an association in the folder options control panel".
    >>
    >>
    >>Except that when I go there, there IS a program associated with the
    >>particular file type.
    >>
    >>Example: .jpg files, I have Microsoft photo editor, Paint Shop Pro 7,
    >>and Picassa, installed. I used to be able to RIGHT click on a .jpg file,
    >>and then go to "open with" and it would give me a list of installed
    >>programs to choose from. NOW I get the above error.
    >>
    >>Now, I DO use a registry cleaner, could I have damaged something? and
    >>how do I get it back?
    >
    >
    > Does it have an UNDO function? Try that.
    >
    > Also see http://dougknox.com XP-FIXES for "restore default file
    > associations easily" link (on the right).
    >

    You know, I actually tried Rameshes suggestion first. And then as a
    redundant system, decided to use YOUR suggestion, and did a 'restore'
    using 'registry compressor' (the program I use). It WORKED.

    Thanks..
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Michael,

    Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe

    Navigate to these locations:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\Shell

    Export the keys and post the contents here.

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


    "Michael Arends" <windows_xp_fans@UGLYSPAMearthlink.net> wrote in message
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    >
    > For some reason now, whenever I try to RIGHT click on ANY of my file
    > types, and do a OPEN WITH, I come up with the following message,
    >
    > "This file doesn't have a program associated with it, for performing
    > this action. Create an association in the folder options control panel".
    >
    >
    > Except that when I go there, there IS a program associated with the
    > particular file type.
    >
    > Example: .jpg files, I have Microsoft photo editor, Paint Shop Pro 7,
    > and Picassa, installed. I used to be able to RIGHT click on a .jpg file,
    > and then go to "open with" and it would give me a list of installed
    > programs to choose from. NOW I get the above error.
    >
    > Now, I DO use a registry cleaner, could I have damaged something? and
    > how do I get it back?
    >
    > What gives?
    >
    > HELP PLEASE..
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Ramesh, MS-MVP answered:
    > Michael,
    >
    > Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe
    >
    > Navigate to these locations:
    >
    > HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\openas]
    @="Open with..."


    > HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\Shell

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown]
    "AlwaysShowExt"=""
    "QueryClassStore"=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell]
    @="Notepad"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell\Notepad]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell\Notepad\Command]
    @="notepad.exe %1"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell\openas]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell\openas\command]
    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\

    00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,72,00,75,00,\

    6e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,20,00,25,00,53,\

    00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,\

    79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,00,68,00,65,00,6c,00,6c,\

    00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,4f,00,70,00,65,00,6e,00,41,00,\
    73,00,5f,00,52,00,75,00,6e,00,44,00,4c,00,4c,00,20,00,25,00,31,00,00,00


    >
    > Export the keys and post the contents here.
    >
    There ya go Ramesh.. I will be greatful for any help.
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Michael,

    Backup, and then delete this key:

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\openas]

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


    "Michael Arends" <windows_xp_fans@UGLYSPAMearthlink.net> wrote in message
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    > Ramesh, MS-MVP answered:
    >> Michael,
    >>
    >> Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe
    >>
    >> Navigate to these locations:
    >>
    >> HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell
    >
    > Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    >
    > [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell]
    >
    > [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\openas]
    > @="Open with..."
    >
    >
    >> HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\Shell
    >
    > Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    >
    > [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown]
    > "AlwaysShowExt"=""
    > "QueryClassStore"=""
    >
    > [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell]
    > @="Notepad"
    >
    > [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell\Notepad]
    >
    > [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell\Notepad\Command]
    > @="notepad.exe %1"
    >
    > [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell\openas]
    >
    > [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell\openas\command]
    > @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
    >
    > 00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,72,00,75,00,\
    >
    > 6e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,20,00,25,00,53,\
    >
    > 00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,\
    >
    > 79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,00,68,00,65,00,6c,00,6c,\
    >
    > 00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,4f,00,70,00,65,00,6e,00,41,00,\
    > 73,00,5f,00,52,00,75,00,6e,00,44,00,4c,00,4c,00,20,00,25,00,31,00,00,00
    >
    >
    >>
    >> Export the keys and post the contents here.
    >>
    > There ya go Ramesh.. I will be greatful for any help.
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Smiling Wickedly, Ramesh, MS-MVP answered:
    > Michael,
    >
    > Backup, and then delete this key:
    >
    > [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\openas]
    >
    Ramesh,

    Thanks, I tried your suggestion, and then I did a restore from the
    program I use to 'defrag' and compress my registry.

    ONE of them did the trick. It's working again.

    KUDO's to you for your help.

    Thanks.

    Michael
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    You're welcome Michael. Registry compressors / defraggers do nothing to the
    data, so it's my suggestion may have done the trick.

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


    "Michael Arends" <windows_xp_fans@UGLYSPAMearthlink.net> wrote in message
    news:erDRwWhkFHA.2156@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    > Smiling Wickedly, Ramesh, MS-MVP answered:
    >> Michael,
    >>
    >> Backup, and then delete this key:
    >>
    >> [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\openas]
    >>
    > Ramesh,
    >
    > Thanks, I tried your suggestion, and then I did a restore from the
    > program I use to 'defrag' and compress my registry.
    >
    > ONE of them did the trick. It's working again.
    >
    > KUDO's to you for your help.
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    > Michael
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