|For some reason Wordpad and Paint are no longer associated from the written docs and images that used to have those apps as an option on my pc. It happened after a minor updating glitch with the system. Nothing else seems to have been damaged and the two programs are still running. I can still open an .rtf, .doc or .txt document through Wordpad but it has to be done by running the app from the start menu and locating the document, which is a bit fiddly. If I click the doocument in Windows Explorer>open with Wordpad, I get the reply that wordpad - or rather., this document opened in wordpad - is not a recognized Win32 program!|
It's the same with Paint. I can open an image and edit it but I have to initiate Paint first to do it, can't use a drop-down shortcut from the pic in question anymore. The icons for both programs are gone, too, from all documents that have been created in them or used to be opened with them, though these icons still exist in the start menu. Effectively, Paint and Wordpad are acting as standalone programs.
There was a suggestion in an earlier query on this forum re a similar (graver) problem with Wordpad, to go to Folder Options>File Types and re-associate .doc or .rtf with Wordpad - see http://www.computing.net/answers/wi... I tried doing that for .rtf but it doesn't help and I really don't want any of these written formats to be exclusively associated with one single piece of software. .doc and .rtf files should be possible to open, edit, save and re-open quickly in both Word and Wordpad, that's how it always worked. The programs are not able to do that from the folder interface (Win Explorer) anymore, though they still do it from the program menus. Moreover, Wordpad now can't keep more than one document window open at any time! Nor can Paint, but I don't think it was ever able to (did I miss something?)
Any advice on how to reintegrate these two lost boys into Windows would be appreciated a lot.
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2
CPU/Ram: 1.808 GHz / 447 MB
No security issues at present