sometimes when I try to open a file

August 4, 2011 at 10:19:19
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Dual Core Socket AM2 64-bit Processor.
Sometimes when I try to open a file I get this message. Is it safe to follow?

To open this file, Windows needs to know what program created it. Windows can go online to look it up

automatically, or you can manually select from a list of prgrams on your computer.

What do you want to do?

Use the Web service to find the appropriate program

Select the program from a list


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#1
August 4, 2011 at 11:50:35
The message is asking you what program you want to open that file with because that file type doesn't have a program associated with it. You can choose a program yourself (I suggest doing so) or use Microsoft's online service to help choose for you.

To make a more permanent filetype-program association, right-click a file of that filetype, go to Open With > Choose Program, select a program from one listed or Browse for it, then check-mark "Always use selected program to open this kind of file."

What type of file are you trying to open?

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.


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#2
August 5, 2011 at 03:49:29
When I browse the list, the file is never in there. I get this message with different types of files. When I go online from this dialog it suggests websites which go into the registry. I don't like programs which mess with my registry.
Is it wise to do this?

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#3
August 5, 2011 at 07:10:07
Raycer, Don't mess with the registry unless you are very familiar with it. What file extensions are involved? Below is a link with common Windows XP File Association Fixes which are safe to use and will reset the file extension association to the Windows XP default.

Windows® XP File Association Fixes
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_ass...

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#4
August 5, 2011 at 07:57:09
Thanks for the tip, but none of the files that I was curious about is in that list of file extensions in the link you gave me.

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#5
August 5, 2011 at 11:26:39
Raycer, The link below should be of some help to you. Just type in the file extension and click the Search button (upper right of page) and you'll get some info as to which programs you need to open those files.

http://filext.com/

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#6
August 5, 2011 at 14:35:37
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This program offers to scan your registry for errors - which brings me back to my original question: is it wise to let these programs mess with my registry?

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#7
August 5, 2011 at 20:09:42
Raycer, I don't recommend using any registry cleaning/fixing programs. They often do more damage then fix anything.

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#8
August 6, 2011 at 04:39:36
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I'm curious as to why you recommended this link because that's what it does: scans and fixes the registry.

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#9
August 6, 2011 at 06:46:14
Raycer, Neither of the 2 links I posted scan your registry. The first link let's you download reg file fixes then you merge them into your registry. The second link just shows you which Programs can open the file extension you searched for. I don't understand where you get the idea that they scan your registry.

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#10
August 6, 2011 at 07:38:01
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I'm obviously confused here as both sites involve doing something to the registry which I've been told and read not to go anywhere near. Could you spare a few minutes to run through the routine for me in both sites?

Thanks for your help.

Raycer


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#11
August 6, 2011 at 08:35:11
Raycer, The first site offers file association fixes for many Windows file extensions. You would click on which file extension you want to fix and download the reg file fix which is a zipped reg file. You would save it to your hard drive then after it's downloaded unzip or extract it then double left click that reg file or right click that reg file and choose Merge to merge the contents into the registry. Instructions are on the page.

Windows® XP File Association Fixes
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_ass...

At the second site in the upper right of the page you would type in the file extension you're trying to open then click the Search button, An example would be pdf files which I'm posting a link to, Toward the bottom you'll see:

"You are viewing 7 of 8 entries click this link to expand the remaining entries"

You would click on the blue, underscored "click this link" to get more info as to which programs can open pdf files.

http://filext.com/file-extension/PDF

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#12
August 6, 2011 at 10:56:35
OK. I've got to

"You would click on the blue, underscored "click this link" to get more info as to which programs can open pdf files."

What do I do with the programs?


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#13
August 6, 2011 at 11:14:43
Raycer, You would have to download and install a program that opens the file extension you have. An example for .pdf files would be the "Adobe Acrobat Reader" program or "Foxit" which both have Free versions as well as some others. Why don't you post which file extensions you can't open and we'll try to help you. Google is also your friend.

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#14
August 7, 2011 at 03:19:41
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Ah! - "Adobe Acrobat Reader." I was going to the first link "Acrobat" which just opened an advert for Lightroom. I can't see "Foxit".

The file I was trying to open was .dbx

Would you advise running the scan recommended there?

Raycer


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