Wordpad + Paint have gone standalone

Viak8 / Awrdacpi
November 20, 2009 at 20:25:21
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 1.808 GHz / 447 MB
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.

System data:
Manufacturer: Viak8
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2
CPU/Ram: 1.808 GHz / 447 MB

No security issues at present

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November 20, 2009 at 23:00:55
mankie_75, try associating your text documents with another WP? As far as your graphics, get free Irfanview (excellent BTW) and open with it @:
Ed in Texas.

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November 20, 2009 at 23:10:36
The easy solution, like you're implying, would be to uninstall and reinstall WP. But WP hasn't been updated for many years has it? so getting a newer version for xp isn't possible. And I don't know if one can uninstall WP either - it's bundled into the system by default!

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November 21, 2009 at 06:38:55

I guess that the 'OpenWithList' Registry entry for these file types has been corrupted.

Look at the response by Markus in this post in www.annoyances.org. He describes how to edit the registry to add an Open With program.

I had a similar issue once, and found that I needed to delete the existing 'OpenWithList' for the file type in question and then I created a new one.

ALL the warnings about editing the registry apply.
Suggest setting a restore point, then backing up at least the registry keys you are going to edit.


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November 21, 2009 at 13:29:23
Either make new associations or might try a system restore to a time when it worked.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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