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file association PLEASE HELP!!

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  • Started 4 years ago by davrb
  • Latest reply from scorpion99
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Really hoping someone can help me. My son has accidentally changed the default so now all of my applications try to open with Windows Explorer. I've spent the last hour looking for a fix on the net and am stuck.
I can't use regedit - it won't open as it is trying to open with Windows Explorer. It doesn't give me an "open with" option and I wouldn't know what to use if it did.
I have tried opening each application and changing the default, but I'm not that tech and don't know which extensions or programmes I should use for everything.
I've seen sites where you can download a fix for the extension type to reset it, but again I wouldn't know where to start or which extension I should use for which programme.
System restore also fails to start - presumably because it's trying to open with the wrong programme.

Hoping someone can help.

Posted 4 years ago
Posts: 556

There are a few methods you can use to correct this issue.

If problem has just appeared, you can try running a system restore to the nearest point before the issue began.

For instance, if you discovered the problem yesterday, try restoring to a point the day before that. I suspect this will provide a "quick fix". And, you always have the option to "undo" (reverse) the restore if necessary.

The other method is to manually set all your file types and extensions, which can be done following a step-by-step method which is basically user friendly:

Click on the following link and follow the instructions.

"Change which programs Windows uses by default"

Hope this helps.

Posted 4 years ago
Posts: 2

Thanks Straspey,

but as I said, system restore won't run as it's trying to open with windows explorer and I can't seem to change it.

The link above doesn't help as it shows how to set default programmes, not restore to the original.

Any suggestions would be appreciated

Posted 4 years ago
Posts: 17584

Try this:

Posted 4 years ago
Posts: 13598

Try the EXE fix from here,

Posted 4 years ago
Posts: 1033

You can use system restore also from booting with your Windows 7 DVD installation disk.
In case you don't have it , you can boot from a Repair Disc that you can also create as follow :
In your control panel search for "Backup and Restore" ---> create a system image.

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