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by David Lloyd / February 27, 2009 10:16 PM PST

I don't think it's necessarily a Vista problem, but something has happened to my system and I cannot seem to be able to resolve it. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

1) I can no longer play any of the Windows games. When I click on the one I want, it tells me that there is no 'association' for it. I have gone into the relevent association section and there does seem to be an association! Help please.

2) I have Quark 5 installed and have used it for several years. Whilst I accept it is only supposed to work with OS upto Windows XP, it has worked perfectly with Vista since I first installed it. However, for some reason now every time I want to open a Quark document or save a new Quark document, Adobe Reader seems to 'grab' the qxd file!! I have, again, tried to set the association for qxd files to Quark but, having gone through the process of locating the program and clicking on 'quarkexpress.exe' the program still does not show up in the 'Open with' screen so I'm still left with Adobe Reader!!

It worked perfectly before but something must have happened to stop it now. It seems strange that both my points are relating to program associations!!

Look forward to any help from you experts.

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No help.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2009 11:38 AM PST
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Vista file associations
by David Lloyd / March 1, 2009 11:03 PM PST
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Many thanks for your reply, Mr Proffitt. I do use a registry cleaner once or twice a week - Auslogics One-Button Check up.

I've tried the link you kindly gave but all I get is a screen telling me that I need to register to get technical help with the 'current' version of QuarkXpress. As my version is not the latest, I assume that I will not be able to use their technical experts.

I have re-installed my version of quark and also removed and re-installed Adobe Reader but it still hasn't made any difference.

If you have access to the item you mentioned, perhaps you could paste it into another reply, or I could let you have my e-mail address and you could paste it into that.

Either way, many thanks for taking the time to try and help with this problem.

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Why not register?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2009 11:09 PM PST

I can't provide a link because I've since flushed it plus the terms of service do not allow me to copy/paste that here. I must obey such agreements as you see my little red M and must obey...

Good luck with your issues but don't you find it odd that I mention registry cleaners before you reveal you use such?

To add more about the registry cleaning issue. I have yet to find a good way to undo registry cleanings. Just last week we reinstalled some user's desktop from scratch for the fourth time. We don't mind it as it's 140 bucks each time but they can't resist the registry cleaner and they always delete the undo log. What to do other than keep charging until they learn?

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