Solved How to associate a file with no extension

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January 18, 2019 at 18:30:49
Specs: w7 64, i3 8G
How to associate a file with no extension.

And, closely related, specify a default app to open un-associated files.

Thank you for playing.

2019-01-19 9:29:44.27 GMT +7

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January 18, 2019 at 18:58:15
Is this a legit question, or are you just testing us? :)

Doing the best I can here... And remember, there's always more than one path to success. :)

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January 18, 2019 at 19:22:01
Hi Jennifer,

Depends on how you define legit.

It took several years to jerry-rig it in XP. At the last, my XP registry was so hosed it was a wonder anything worked.
Given that, maybe you'll understand why I'm not inclined to experiment.

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January 19, 2019 at 00:53:00
✔ Best Answer
1. https://superuser.com/questions/136...

2. Don't do it. You will almost certainly break your Windows installation.


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January 19, 2019 at 01:38:43
ijack,

TY for the help & warning

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#5
January 19, 2019 at 01:55:09
According to this site you can do it as:

An association can be set for files with no file extension using .=

e.g. associate all no-extension files with notepad:
ASSOC .=txtfile

I haven't tried it myself, and was actually a bit surprised it should work, but stumbled across it in my first Google search.

Nigel

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#6
January 19, 2019 at 04:11:24
ijack,

You were right; it made a mess

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#7
January 19, 2019 at 05:35:46
"it made a mess"

Of course it did, why would you think differently?


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#8
July 3, 2019 at 07:34:36
The issue here is that Windows allows creation of files it cannot handle properly, which is already a hint to what is going on: since the days of the 8.3 format, files are expected to have a name and an extension. Three letters should be enough to cover all usages ( (26+10+whatever) ** 3 = a lot ). So, the one case having a "null" extension ... is it worth the fuss ? Microsoft won't be producing too many of these (I hope), but WE shouldn't either :)

Keep in mind, you could (if it worked) only link ONE application to such a file ..


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#9
July 6, 2019 at 00:25:13
I'm not sure that this is adding much to a thread that was marked as "Solved" many months ago.


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