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Ed Bott's Microsoft Challenge--7/6/2000

By ebott ·
My file associations have been hijacked again! Some rude application developer decided that his program deserved to take over all files with a particular file extension, even though I prefer to use another program for that particular task. I want toundo the damage without having to reinstall software. More importantly, I want your help in finding a way to keep this from happening again. How do you keep pushy programs from taking over file associations? Do you have a favorite registry hack or athird-party utility to manage file associations? Share it with your fellow TechRepublic members. I'll hand over 1000 TechPoints for every suggestion I use in my next column.

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by Millenium In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Here is one i remeber reading about, it states as follows:

Freedom of Association lets you manage your file associations, offering many features that Windows lacks. You can view registered extensions and the file types associated with them, cleanup invalid entries, correct erroneous associations, and add extensions to existing file types.

Try it out, i think it will work for you.

If not you can always just backup your registry before adding a new program. I would rather use the abovetactit.


ftp://ftp2.zdnet.com/pub/private/sWlIB/utilities/file_utilities/freedom.zip

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by wayne.maples In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

not usable in a general sense but If you want to lock down an particular association so it can not be changed:

Find the association to lock under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
Create a new binary value, assigning it value=01000000

The application associated to the extension is now locked and can not be changed except by removing this value.

taken from my tip: http://is-it-true.org/nt/atips/atips200.shtml

-Wayne

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by zinnix In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Try to use from the command line:
assoc>assoc.org

Keep this file.

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by dmiles In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

In my Computer or Windows Explorer,click folder options
Click the files Type Tab
In the list of file type,click the one you want to change
Click Edit
In Actions,click Open
Click Edit
In Application used to perform action,enter the program you want to use to open files that have this extension and then click OK

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by billf In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Use regedt32 | security to modify the registry key where these associations are stored. Make access read only for all users. This might cause install progams to complain however it would solve you problem on going . Of course you should test this before you put it into a production enviroment.

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