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Default program refuses to change the version application called upon

Q: Default program refuses to change the version application called upon

Windows refuses to change the version application called upon with default program.

I have 2 versions of 3ds max (2010 and 2015) on my system. I need both for different utilities (some that work in 2010 do not work in 2015, and vice versa).

I tried to change the default left click open program to 3ds max 2015.

However, Windows refuses to acknowledge this and insists on using 3ds Max 2010's 3dsmax.exe instead.

I am using the correct path to the launcher in the 2015 version's folder, I made sure of this at least 15 times.

I have gone through regedit tutorials, even downloaded a utility called openwithview, and tried working with the UI interface for 'open with' for hours but to no avail. Why is windows so insistent on using 3dsmax.exe from the 2010 version even when explicitly told to use the 2015 version? What is causing it to fight so hard with me? How can I change this behavior?

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I have chosen notepad as default program for .dat file, what can I do to set it to open with "unknown application" like I never open it before?
Step by Step guide is most appreciated =) im using windows 8

A:How to change default program to unknown application?

Hello Yuki, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you like, you could download and merge the .reg file for the listed .dat option in the table of the tutorial below to restore it's default associations.

Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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Hi, I am in need of help. One day while I was browsing the internet a window popped up looking exactly like a security system. It is called "Vista Security 2012-unregistered version". I believed it because I use Windows Vista Software, so I thought it was legitimate. Anyways I could not have been more wrong. I took my computer to the help desk at my University, where they tried to run the computer in safe mode. The malware is even present in safe mode. It has ruined my computer's capabilities including running Internet Explorer. I am really worried and would appreciate it greatly if someone could help me find a solution to this problem. I am a college student and cannot afford much, so the cheaper the better.


A:There is malware called "Vista Security 2012-unregistered version" that has taken over almost every program in my PC. N...


Please try following the steps in this guide -> http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-win-7-antispyware-2012

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I have accidently set my .ext default program to Notepad and I want to change it back to an unknown application I have tried deleting it in regedit and it just sets it back to notepad even when I restart my computer afterwards any help would be much appreciated

A:How do i change default application to Unknown Application

Hello Jerry, and welcome to Eight Forums.

I've added .ext to the list in the tutorial below to restore it's default association.

Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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I searched the site for a while and couldn't find an answer.... so I decided to post my question... sorry if this has been asked before.

Somehow every .IFO file on my computer (using XP) has been set to open with notepad as the default.... these files were from movies I've backed up to my computer, and when I burn the movies to a disc they burn properly, but then they won't read correctly when played on the dvd player. At first I thought it was just the type of discs I was using.. but later realized that the problem never occurred before I noticed all the .IFO files as default set to open with notepad.

What I need to know is how to set the properties of my .IFO files to read as Unknown application instead of Notepad.

Thanks ahead of time to anyone who can help.

A:Solved: Change program default to Unknown Program???

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A few weeks ago I let someone with very little computer knowledge (he had to drive 1 hour back & forth 5 times to open and save an email attachment each time he had to do that).

Anyway since the last time he came when he was on the computer I noticed a Firefox window opened in a tiny 1x2 inch window in my top left corner of the screen and I had never in years seen that.

Ever since that day my Firefox windows often open in a tiny 1x2 inch window where you barely see half the toolbar and nothing else.

It's getting really annoying and that time he came was just after my last backup disk got full so I had to erase my entire backup disk to start a new one, so I had no recent backup to restore to restore to after he did this.

How do I get my Firefox window to open a normal size again, and I don't mean just maximized, I want the restored window size to no longer be 1x2 inches.

A:How to change default application Windows size?

Dragging the window to the size you want it or maximizing it and then selecting File > Close/Exit should save the window in that state.

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Member of staff wants to change his default Outlook calendar to that of another whose calendar is used as the office-wide calendar.

In play: Microsoft XP Exchange Server

Any suggestions appreciated. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

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Running Windows XP. Kids have been on the computer and downloaded something called "bear share". Might be a coincidence but since then I've had a message "An unknown application is trying to change your default search engine" on startin IE. If I click OK it goes but pings up again two seconds later. If I click the X it goes away for good.

I'd like to get rid of it. I've run C Cleaner, AVG, and Stopzilla but it still happens.

I'd be grateful for some help.

HJT log is:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 20:59:54, on 25/09/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16674)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\iS3\Anti-Spyware\SZServer.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\IVT Corporation\BlueSoleil\BTNtService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\Core\smax4pnp.exe
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A:An unknown application is trying to change your default search engine

Run HJT again and put a check in the following:

O3 - Toolbar: BearShare MediaBar - {D3DEE18F-DB64-4BEB-9FF1-E1F0A5033E4A} - C:\Program Files\BearShare Applications\BearShare MediaBar\BSMediaBar.dll

Close all applications and browser windows before you click "fix checked".

Please download the OTMoveIt2 by OldTimer.

Save it to your desktop.
Please double-click OTMoveIt2.exe to run it. (Note: If you are running on Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator).
Copy the lines in the quote box below to the clipboard by highlighting ALL of them and pressing CTRL + C (or, after highlighting, right-click and choose Copy):

C:\Program Files\BearShare Applications

Click to expand...
Return to OTMoveIt2, right click in the "Paste Custom List Of Files/Patterns To Move" window (under the yellow bar) and choose Paste.

Click the red Moveit! button.
Copy everything in the Results window (under the green bar) to the clipboard by highlighting ALL of them and pressing CTRL + C (or, after highlighting, right-click and choose copy), and paste it in your next reply.
Close OTMoveIt2
Note: If a file or folder cannot be moved immediately you may be asked to reboot the machine to finish the move process. If you are asked to reboot the machine choose Yes. In this case, after the reboot, open Notepad (Start->All Programs->Accessories->Notepad), click File->Open, in the File Name box enter *.log and press the Enter key, navigate to the C:\_... Read more

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On my girl friends computer every time internet explorer is opened a pop up saying an unknown application is trying to change your default search engine comes up and when you pick the option of keep my original search engine it just keeps popping up! Can anyone please help me to remove this annoying thing?

A:An Unknown Application Is Trying To Change Your Default Search Engine

It looks like you may be infected with spyware. Have you run an anti spyware program?

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I searched the site for a while and couldn't find an answer.... so I decided to post my question... sorry if this has been asked before.

Somehow every .dat file on my computer (using win 7) has been set to open with notepad as the default.... these files were from gta 4. At first I didnt noticed..but when a started the game it crashed.. but later realized that the problem never occurred before I noticed all the .dat files as default set to open with notepad.

What I need to know is how to set the properties of my .dat files to read as Unknown application instead of Notepad.

Thanks ahead of time to anyone who can help.

A:Change program default to Unknown Program in win 7

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I am having the same problem from here:

But now 10 years later on windows 8.1 hahahah

can someone help me?


A:Change program default to Unknown Program???

which are the files types that are not correct ?
you change the file association on windows 8 via control panel
have a read here

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Everytime I boot up my computer since Friday, 06/20/2008, I get the following: "Program version is wrong" at startup and SVCHOST.exe application error - The instruction at 0x7730a9dd in the referenced memory at 0x8a06f7bb. The memory could not be written. The following services were not running:

Wireless Zero Configuration
Shell Hardware Detection
Task Scheduler
Workstation Service
Windows Audio
Fast User Switching Compatibility
Remote Access Connection Manager
Fax Service
Security Center
Telephony Services
System Restore
Windows Firewall

I tried uninstalling Spyware Doctor and F-Secure through Control Panel - Add/Remove Programs. It was unsuccessful and it will not let me uninstall. I tried uninstalling manually and I am not sure I uninstalled it all. I want to install ZoneAlarm and Avast, but I can't until I get rid if these two programs.

Here is my HijackThis log. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:08:20 AM, on 6/23/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16674)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\WINDOWS\... Read more

A:Program Version is wrong at startup and SVCHOST.exe Application Error

BUMP, please.

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Hi, my os is window vista. Recently i opened an unknown application (.cfg file type, some games files) with notepad editor to see what it is inside. I change something and save it. the file type is still cfg but now it always open with a notepad which coz my game to malfunction...so how do i remove the open with notepad and set it to a an unknown application..which my com don actually recognizes it and will prompt me to search the internet.

A:Changing open with default program to unknown application.

Press Start (the Windows icon on the bottom right), type regedit and press enter. Press Continue when the UAC thing pops up. Now navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes, find the .cfg key and delete it. This will reset it so when you open any cfg file it will ask you which program you want to open it with. You may have to restart your computer after completing the above steps.

You posted this in the wrong section by the way.

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I want to transfer video using Pinnacle, but the software isn't in the list of default programs. How can I get it to show up there? This has to be an easy question, right?

A:Default program--how to change

Hello Bling

You can set default programs one of two ways

Through the defaults list or through right click

1. Find the item you want to change the default program for

2. Right click on the item and select "Open With"

3. On the bottom left check "Always Use The Selected Program To Open This Kind Of File"

4. Either select a program from the list or select browse

5. When you have selected the program you want select "OK"

This should now be the default program that opens that item, This works for files, images, videos, video converters and audio converters :)



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I run a software program for solar PV and the the project files are stored with the file extension .pvprj
I tried to open an old file and I get the message that it is linked with Adobe, this is not the case. When I go to change the default APP, I can't deselect Adobe, and there is no APP for the program, I can't remove the Adobe attachment.
Can you please tell me how to disassociate Adobe from the file extension

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Lately my computer won't open pictures to view with Windows Photo Viewer.

I've already read several threads on this and have tried the customary links that are supposed to do this.

When I go the the "Chooses default program" on the preview link, it stays frozen on Microsoft Picture Manager whenever I try to change it.

I've been able to open with Internet Explorer, but I would like to go back to opening files with Windows Photo Viewer. I believe that this does not need to be installed as it is already a Windows feature. (7)

Any help and ideas beyond what I have already tried are greatly appreciated.

BTW........LOVE this site!

A:Can't change default program

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I am trying to set my default programs in windows 10 but it is having none of it. It just sticks on the grey square with "Choose a default". If I reset it goes back to edge, I then try and click Chrome and it is still edge. If I refresh the page it is back to the "Choose a default". Never had this before and can't find much online about it?
See http://imgur.com/XIffng5

A:Default Program won't change?

Try the old-fashioned way...............

Right click at Start button > Control Panel > top right, click View by: > select either large or small > Default Programs > Set your default programs > wait for loading > left side, scroll to Chrome > click it > right side, click set this program as default > click OK

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I need .html files when I click them in explorer to open in Firefox. Win7 64bit.

If I turn on "check to make sure firefox is default browser" it will check and ask and I can set it. Problem solved.

But I need to make firefox open with "-profile whatever" when I double click a .html file in explorer. How can I modify the firefox association/program/whatever to append the profile on the command line. I have no idea where to do this.


A:Change default program for .html

Navigate to Start>Control Panel>Default Programs>Set Associations.

Default Programs - Associate a File Type or Protocol

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I noticed that you can only set the default program for FTP to a browser.

I've created an FTP share in Explorer, and it would be useful to be able to click on a video file and directly play it with e.g. VLC instead of a browser.

Would this be possible? Thanks in advance.

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I want to use an old program that I have been using, to open all the graphics and pictures I want to see. Somehow I reset to QT. BUT that program I like so much(MGI) does not show in DEFAULT PROGRAMS nor is there a BROWSE button there. How can I get it reset back to MGI??
Thank you for any help!!!

A:Want to change Default graphic program.

Right click (a)ny file (type) that you want to open. Select "Open With" Select "Choose Default Program"

If your preferred program is not listed, select Browse.

Can you take it from there?

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Gooday all. I see a similar situation in another post but thought I should start my own.
If I am on a site and for some reason it asks me to email someone, when I click on email, Outlook pops up. I have a Home & Student suite of MS applications and Outlook is only in trial version on this CD, so now no longer works. I have tried the fixes mentioned in another post here but it did not work for me. Any help appreciated. James

A:Default email program change.

What Email programme are you using now?

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I have a PC at work running XP with Office 97. I think it somehow got changed for Paint program to be the default. First noticed when trying to open a Word document in email. It gives an error that Paint can't open the file. Then I went to My Documents and it does the same thing. If I open a word document under Word program it opens fine. I don't know where to change this though. Any help would be appreciated.

A:Solved: Where do you change program default

Find any Word document
Right click on any Word Document
Press 'Open With'
Select Word and click 'Always use the selected file to open this kind of file'
Press 'OK'
Close out the Word document

Try it now. Should open in Word.

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Hi guys, I'm in a new IT job for a computer lab and I'm picking up skills for maintaining it as I go along.

I need to change the default program for a filetype on all machines in the lab. If I just log on as admin and change it under my account, the change doesn't persist for the non-admin users.

I was thinking of maybe writing a script that will change the file association for all users but am not sure how to go about this.

Can anyone offer direction or help? Google turned up some old threads that weren't very helpful.

A:Change default program through script

Open a Command Prompt and enter ftype /?. It will show you how to use the ASSOC and FTYPE commands to do what you want.

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I can't find a way to change my default email program from being listed as Outlook. I use Yahoo primarily. For example, when looking at my pictures file in Library, I select one picture to be sent by email. It automatically brings up Outlook, which I don't use. I have looked at "Default Programs" and Yahoo does not appear as a selection to choose. How do I make the change? Thanks

A:Change default email program

I'm pretty sure you can't set it to default to web based email.

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I can't change the default program extensions such as avi files and mp3 files. When i click change default application i get "this program is not a valid Win32 application." I recently had a virus but I'm pretty sure I got rid of it as I got help in the virus forum.

A:Can't change my default program extensions


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I need to change the default in my epson printer program. The present default is photo paper and landscape mode. I need to change it to plain paper and portrait mode. Can anyone help me with that?

A:Change Default in Epson Print Program

You do it via printing preferences when you are setting it up prior to pressing print ....

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Hi all, with help from the team here i have now got rid of Libraries once and for all, thanks.

Now i have found a far better Explorer program, that i want to use all the time, so sometimes when i click on some things, UP POPS the original Windows Explorer program which i dont want.

It is probably common knowledge that it IS easy to change the Default Browser program and/or the Default Email Program, is it possible to change the Default Explorer program ?, please.

the Program i am using is called XYplorer and i can thoroughly recomend it, particularly if i know how to change it to the default.


A:how can i change Win7 default Explorer program to .....

Did you try in "Set default programs" (second to the last entry).

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I installed windows 7 on my SSD. Besides a few games, I want all other program installs to go to my HDD. For instance, my internet security and all driver/utilities that are on CD's that came with the hardware. These programs/drivers/utilities do not give me any option to install to my HDD (E drive) and automatically install to my C drive. Is there any way I can do what I want?


A:How to change default installations of any program to another drive?

.you will run into registry issue/trouble, this very long topic i check if there is how-to on this forum but suffice to say it not as easy as ctrl-c && ctrl-v a folder to new location and make shortcut :[ i wish it were trust nobodyspecial :[ i sorry i no add anything useful to this answer but a warning to the person asking but it may save you headache

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can't change default email program from outlook express to my isp, roadrunner webmail. have gone through internet options,programs where there is only 2 choices-outlook express or hotmail, which i want neither of them to be. i need my default email program to be my roadrunner webmail, i don't know how to answer the techical questions in outlook about incoming & outgoing email servers. anyway, back to original problem. how do i override the outlook express as my default email program? my home page is fine, showing the webmail login page for roadrunner even though this home page comment may not have anything to do with default email. in case i did not tell you yet, i have windows xp home. sorry that i ramble on. thanks for quick reply. this is my 1st post, so does the reply go to my email address to have instant access? i lost webmail as default program when computer got virus & time warner reinstalled windows xp and explorer

A:can't change default email program on winxp

As I understand you, you want your Roadrunner webmail page to come up whenever you click on an e-mail link? This is possible, but not by changing any XP settings.The only way I know how this can be done is through the use of the Mail2Webmail plugin in Firefox (if you use Internet Explorer or another browser, there may be an equivalent plugin or addon, but I don't know)

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I have a problem to where I accidently changed what opened the .fsh files to be opend by the cmd.exe (Command Prompt) and i can't change it back. (It used to be opened by Windows Shell common dll)

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A:Cant Change Default Program opener for .fsh files

If you have a Restore Point from just before the change, that should change it back.

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Hi all,

This friday i plan to do a clean install of Windows 7 because im running the RC right now but bought the Retail version. Im going to plan out my partitions so that i have one pertition for the OS, and another for my personal files and Program Files.

So i just wanted to know, how would i change the location from my C partition of the program files to lets say the D drive (other partition)?

Am i supposed to do it manually by cutting the folder and pasting it, and whenever i install a program i change the directory, or is there an automatic way like changing a registry value?

Look forward to your answers!

edit: after further research it looks like u can change a reg value, but it may cause problems with some Microsoft software. What do most of you people here do cause i've read that some people here have separate drives for program files?

A:Change Program Files default location?

The program files are a part of the OS .. I see no reason to put them in another partition.
A different partition for your personal data is a good idea if you plan on having a lot of data.

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TrendMicro Titanium Maximum Security 3 user
( Tried their on line chat dropped 3 times different days, Agh )

Wants to install directly to SSD C: drive,
want to install on 1TB HD ( Partioned to D: E: F want on D: with all other programs.

Does not offer an option to install anywhere, just default install on SSD,

Win 7pro 64 bit, Kingston 64 GB SSD V-100 , Hitachi 1Tb 7200RPM

Any help is appreciated, thanks!

A:Change default program Install path

In the FAQ pdf it says you can change the install drive if it's not an external drive, but it still has to be under Program Files. I take it if you want it to be on D: and don't have a Program Files under D: you have to make one.

If you search using this string you should get a link to the pdf

TrendMicro Titanium Maximum Security 3 install path

I can't figure out how to get a link to the page with the pdf and not a direct link so I'm just doing it this way.

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Whenever I plug a photo card in to my PC, the new Photo Viewer program is launched (which doesn't find the card but that doesn't matter as I don't want to use that program anyway). How can I change the default import program to one of my choice (Lightroom).
I can of course shut it down, load Lightroom and then select the card but I always have to go through the process of first shutting down the program that loads automatically. If anything is going to load automatically I would rather pick my own!

A:Change default photo import program

There are two stages to this:

1. Change your default program for photos to Lightroom.
2. Choose what happens when you insert media.

For 1 you need to go to Settings -> System -> Default Apps and on the Photos icon choose your default program as Lightroom

For 2 you need to go Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Autoplay and Choose what happens when you insert each type of media.

Make sure that for Camera memory cards - import photos and videos is selected.

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I have made a very large error. I was trying to open a python file that is saved as a .dll and I left the Always use this program check box checked. Now, I am trying to make it where there is no default program or any program to open this file because there are many types of .dll. I have tried deleting the extension and unassociating it. How do I get whre there is no default program that opens any .dll extension.

A:Change the default program that opens .dll extension files?

Uninstall Python. That should dis-associate it from .dll. Then reinstall.

I've been alternating between zipped programs and installers. This played havoc with program associations. Uninstalling worked.

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I am taking an online class for school and the lectures are located in powerpoint links that download when i click them. When I first opened them I got the "windows cannot open the file" notification and i realized it is because i do not have powerpoint. So, for whatever reason I tried to open it with notepad and did not realize the "always open files with this program" box was checked and now every time I try and open the file it goes straight to notepad. I downloaded powerpoint viewer so I can try and open them correctly, but now i can't figure out how to change the opening program

A:How to change default download opening program from notepad to ppt.

Welcome to the forum,

This should help you get that changed,

Open With - Change Default Program

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After the update of Windows 10 yesterday and noticed that all my PDF files open with Microsoft Edge not Adobe Reader? I would like to know how to change the PDF set up in default with Adobe not Microsoft Edge? All I see all the PDF files with the icon, Microsoft Edge on it.


A:How do I change default PDF program from Microsoft Edge to Adobe?

Solved How can I disable Edge from opening .pdf files? - Windows 10 Forums
Default Apps - Choose in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

should help.

Don't try to set defaults from within Adobe.

There are several discussions about Adobe in particular- I don't use it. My Sumatra pdf preference was retained after the upgrade.

Solved Default programs repeatedly reset to programs/apps - Windows 10 Forums

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I looked on the page where it helped fix the default program, but it had none, help?

A:Trying to change default program to open .yml files, did not find help

Also, I accidentally used IE to open it (Clicked on accident) and I can't figure out. I use a Windows 7

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I'm desperately trying to change the sidebar gadget to open websites by default with Mozilla Firefox (in particular, the "Ask LEO" gadget).

Firefox is my default browser. If I double-click on a .url file saved on my system, it correctly opens Firefox, and so does clicking a link in MS Outlook. Again, Firefox is default, but that's not my problem.

Somewhere I found the advice to change the "Set program access and computer defaults" settings. So I tried, but every time I change something there, it doesn't keep the setting. I click on Custom => Default Web Browser => Mozilla Firefox, click OK, get some flashing on desktop, but next time I get there it's set back to "Use current browser" again.

Anyone got the same problem? I'm using the 7100 (x86) build, but a friend of mine tried the same on the final build (x64) and he got the same problem. It's reverting all the time. Re-installed Firefox, restarted, changed/tried/reset everything I can imagine.
Please help!


Edit: It seems the problem is a Javascript-call "window.open" in the "Ask LEO" gadget. Someone knows why this call opens IE and every other call doesn't? And is there a workaround?
Edit2: With a dirty hack I solved the problem. Edited the gadget and replaced "window.open" by "System.Shell.execute". Still - I'd like to know why a) I can't change the default programs setting and b) why window.open ignores my defau... Read more

A:Unable to change default program access settings

Bagstone, you need to turn of UAC in the user accounts section...then you will be able to change the access settings...

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When I respond to a "contact us" on a website or want my scanner to send the document by email, Outlook email is automatically chosen for the email program to send it. I don't use Outlook as an email program but use Hotmail or Yahoo for email. I have looked for a way to de-select Outlook and select Hotmail or Yahoo instead, and have not found where this can be done. Any suggestions out there on how this can be accomplished? TIA! Dick

A:Change my default email program from Outlook to Hotmail

I would think the easiest way would be via Start>Default Programs>Set your default programs.

You haven't said which version of Outlook you're using, but in Outlook 2010 you can change it under Options.

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Hi all - i understand that this might call for the use of resource hacker ( which i really dont have much experience using ) but im willing to give it a try or perhaps any other method(s) that might be suggested.

PDF-XChange has a horrible looking icon ( to me anyways ) that it sets for pdf files.
i would like to change the i con to another of my choice.

This is the one it sets for PDFs that you save or create by default:
This is the one that i would like to make the default for new PDFs:
Can anyone advise on how i would go about achieving this?

A:Solved: How Can I Change The Default Icon That A Program Uses For Certain File Type?

Press the Windows key + R to open a Run box.

Type regedit.


Scroll down to PDF-XChange.Document (or something similar).

Expand it and click on DefaultIcon.

In the right-hand pane, double-click the default value and change the path to where you saved your customized icon (.ico file).

Reboot the computer.
Or, read THIS.

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I recently installed magix cleaning lab in order to do some some recording/editing. Somehow this has also become the default program when i click on a jpg file. How can I change it to view in another program?

A:Solved: How to change default program to view photo files

Folder Options > file types > (extension) > restore ..

Or Install Irfanview ... http://www.irfanview.com/

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I upgraded to windows 7 through a clean install. I just reinstalled itunes but when it prompts me to change itunes to the default program to use for audio files, i click yes and nothing happens. It prompts me every time I open itunes.

I went to control panel -> programs -> default programs -> set default programs and itunes wasn't there. I then went to ->associate a file type or protocol with a program but when I tried to change the default program for .mp3 the following happened:

I double click .mp3
I click browse
Secondary Drive -> Itunes -> Itunes.exe
I arrive at the screen that popped up after I double clicked .mp3 and itunes isn't on the list.

I tried going to a random .mp3 file and changing its default program but the same thing happened.

I googled what to do and I looked for a software that would change the default program for filetypes and I used both

(These are download links)

and Types

They didn't work. I tried the following:

a. Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
b. Navigate to
c. In the right side of the screen double click on "NoFileAssociate".
d. Change the value of "NoFileAssociate" from 1 to 0.
if it the value is not present, create a DWORD value and enter the valaue data as 0.
e. Exit Registry Editor and Restart the comput... Read more

A:Problem: Cannot change the default program to open a file-type.

Welcome to Seven forums jshnaidz.
When you get to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer

Right click in the right pane and you will get a prompt New with some options. Click on DWORD Value (32bit). Then name it too NoFileAssociate then click it in the left pane an change the value data to 0 (zero). exit, reboot and test.

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Hi there,

I'm looking to create a script that will change the default program for opening PDFs. Is there a way to do this from the command line or via the registry?

An example would be great!
If all else fails I've created a GPO to do this, but a script would be ideal.
Thanks all,

A:Change Default Program for file - Command line or Registry


We can achieve it through command line.
Please follow the steps.

Open an elevated command promote.      
Use FTYPE {fileType}={commandString} to creat a file type and associated command to open the file.      
Use ASSOC {.fileExtension}={fileType}

For example:
assoc .txt=txtfile
ftype txtfile=c:\Program Files\Windows NT\Accessories\wordpad.exe "%1"

For more information, please refer to the link as below.
Associate a File Type with a Specific Program

Please note: Since the web site is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.
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This is the Context Menu that I'm referring to, accessed by Start>Pictures>[Open a Folder to display thumbnails], Right-click on Thumbnail.

With my current settings [where?], if I select and click on Edit, MS Windows Paint opens as the Default Editing Program.

I don't like Paint at all, and want to change from that current Default Program, to allow my Pictures to be opened and edited by Picasa. Is there a method by which I can change that Context Menu, so that by clicking on Edit, the selected thumbnail automatically opens in Picasa?

And before anyone leaps in and suggests any other editing program from the plethora of others available [eg. Photoshop etc.], please don't waste your time - I'm not interested in them, as Picasa fulfills all of my basic photo editing requirements.

Basically, I'm looking for a shortcut to open Picasa with just one click, as I'm aware that I can also get there through Open with, in the same Context Menu.

A:Can I change the Default Edit Program in Pictures Context Menu?

Hello Tony,

You can use "Open With" with the Always use the selected program to open this kind of program box checked to make Picasa the default program for that type of file extension. Afterwards, it should open Picasa when you use Edit for that file extension next.

Default Programs

Hope this helps,

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When I click on any mailto item in Firefox 1.5 (XP Pro), it takes me to a gmail login screen. I want to use my own email program (Eudora). I can't find a Firefox setting to change this. Help please.

A:How to change Firefox default from gmail to my pop3 email program

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The Downloads folder by default is at C:\Users\User-Name\Downloads

I have another hard disk D:\ that I use it to save data files only and I would like to move the Downloads folder to the D:\Downloads

I will follow User Folders - Change Default Location to move the Downloads folder.

Many programs (e.g. internet browser) "save files"/"download location" by default is pointing to C:\Users\User-Name\Downloads

Q1) After I have moved to D:\Downloads, will the programs "save files"/"download location" automatically point to the new location D:\Downloads ?

Q2) If the programs "save files"/"download location" is still pointing to C:\Users\User-Name\Downloads, will the programs still save downloads to C:\Users\User-Name\Downloads ?

Q3) Do I need to manually go through one by one program settings to change the "save files"/"download location" to D:\Downloads ?


A:Will moving Downloads folder change program default save location?

Why bother with moving the folder? Every browser I've used may default to the downloads folder on the C: drive but also allows you to specify a different folder. I simply point the browser to the downloads folder on my D: drive and oftentimes I even create a new subfolder for that download. Works for me.

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