Can't associate file type

September 24, 2010 at 19:27:28
Specs: Windows XP, 500 Mhz, 500KB
I wanted to respond to an old post ( I was able to fix this issue by the following method. I can't say it will work for everyone, but at least it fixed my problem.

1. FLV extension got associated with Windows Media Player.

2. I could not change this association by going to Tools>Folder Options>File Types in Windows Explorer
a. I could not 'Delete' or 'Change' the file type (these buttons were grayed out)
b. I tried using the 'Browse...' button, but whenever I selected the program I wanted (flvplayer.exe) it never appeared on the Recommended or Other program listing.
c. I tried unistalling and re-installing flvplayer.exe, but the problem was not fixed.

3. I finally tried running a registry repair tool (I used the Registry Cleaner in GLary Utilities.

4. After the registry repair tool completed, I opened up the Files Types dialog and the flvplayer was now in the Recommended programs listing and I selected it and clicked on the box for "Always used the selected program to open this kind of file."

5. The FLV extension was successfully assigned to the flvplayer.exe. The 'Delete' and 'Change' buttons were no longer grayed out.

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September 24, 2010 at 19:32:29
See the steps on how a registry repair tool fixed this problem.

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