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Windows XP Open with Dialog not working

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Windows XP Open with Dialog not working

Jaide22
Hi,

When I right click on any file the option to "open with" is there but has become inactive when I click it and does not open the dialog box where I can choose to associate file types to a particular program,

Anyone know how I can fix this?

Thanks in advance.
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    Jacky Howe

    Go to Start, Run and type regsvr32 /i shell32.dll and press Enter.

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    Jaide22

    Hi true thanks for the reply tried it but no joy.

    I guess its not too much of a drama because I can use file>open with in a folder or strangely if I right click with more than one file selected (eg with picture files) the dialog opens.

    Just one of life's little mysteries why it won't work with just one file selected I guess. Thanks again for your time!!

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    Jacky Howe

    recently happened. If nepenth0's suggestion doesn't work try a System Restore to an earlier time.

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    nepenthe0

    Check to see if application is listed in the Registry's "Open With" key:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications

    To add a registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts

    Look for the file extension whose 'Open With' list you want to edit and find its OpenWithList subkey.

    Credit to Preston Gralla, author of Windows XP Hacks (2005, O'Reilly Media), p. 112 for this suggestion.

    Alas, you need to know how to competently ADD a registry subkey, and I'm not competent to advise you. But perhaps I've pointed you in the right direction.

    To open the Registry, use either the command line RegEdit.exe or C:\Windows\System32\regedt.exe

    As you probably know, it's a good idea to 'export' the registry to a flash drive or external HD so that you can recover a corrupted registry if editing goes awry. Also, create a Restore point in System Restore before commencing any Registry editing.

    Rick/Portland, OR

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    Jacky Howe

    Go to Start, Run and type regsvr32 /i shell32.dll and press Enter.

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    Jaide22

    Hi true thanks for the reply tried it but no joy.

    I guess its not too much of a drama because I can use file>open with in a folder or strangely if I right click with more than one file selected (eg with picture files) the dialog opens.

    Just one of life's little mysteries why it won't work with just one file selected I guess. Thanks again for your time!!

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    Jacky Howe

    recently happened. If nepenth0's suggestion doesn't work try a System Restore to an earlier time.

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    nepenthe0

    Check to see if application is listed in the Registry's "Open With" key:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications

    To add a registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts

    Look for the file extension whose 'Open With' list you want to edit and find its OpenWithList subkey.

    Credit to Preston Gralla, author of Windows XP Hacks (2005, O'Reilly Media), p. 112 for this suggestion.

    Alas, you need to know how to competently ADD a registry subkey, and I'm not competent to advise you. But perhaps I've pointed you in the right direction.

    To open the Registry, use either the command line RegEdit.exe or C:\Windows\System32\regedt.exe

    As you probably know, it's a good idea to 'export' the registry to a flash drive or external HD so that you can recover a corrupted registry if editing goes awry. Also, create a Restore point in System Restore before commencing any Registry editing.

    Rick/Portland, OR