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Open With has taken over the other programs in my computer!!

by odoihavit / December 20, 2008 7:38 PM PST

Most of my desktop icons have changed to the same thing. It happened after I clicked the open with and the box was checked do this for all programs. How do I just make it the way it was. I tried system restore but now it opens with the program that most every thing else opens too and doesn't run the restore program! AWE!!!!! Please Help before I go insane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: open with
by Kees Bakker / December 20, 2008 9:23 PM PST

Not clear what you have done, but the most likely interpretation is that you changed the properties of files with the .exe extension.

Not clear also what happens. It seems it runs a certain program, but you don't tell which one.

For the moment, I give two options.
1. Most file associations are defined on a per-user basis. After all, user 1 and user 2 might have different preferences to open, say, a .txt file. So try if another user (maybe create a new user or activate the guest account) still works correctly. If so, you can just make a new user for yourself and delete the old one.
2. If it's global, see if the .exe fix (#12 from works.


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open with
by odoihavit / December 22, 2008 9:19 AM PST
In reply to: Re: open with

Here's more details. In windows vista at the top of the page you have options, like organize, open with these are a few of the options. If you click organize a list drops down amd you can choose. One choice would be select all. So the same with the the "open with" list. When you click "open with" it drops down a list of programs you can use to open the file or program your installing. One option is to "choose default" when you do it brings up a list of programs or you can "browse" to locate the program you want. What you choose the program in the lower left corner of that list is a box you can check to have that program applied it to all. The box is pre checked for you so you have to uncheck it. Sometimes that checked box is blocked and it just does when you click yes. When you do this most or alot of the icons will change to the same thing and when you click those icons now they open up not the program that was their before you changed the icon but only the program the icon is because the words below the icon will still say the program that was their. You can't do anything system restore doesn't work because it now will open with the program you choose for the "open with" selection. Even if you go in through the start menu and system restore the restore does nothing to this, all those icons on your desktop still show tne one that was used for the "open with" list.

Thanks for the help

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