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Microsoft Windows XP: Broken File Associations

Symptoms When loading a file, you must select a program for it to be loaded with
   
Cause File association is broken
   
Resolution The files listed here are all ZIP files, which contain a REG (Registry) file. Download the ZIP and open it. Extract the REG file to your hard disk and double click it. Answer yes to the import prompt. REG files can be viewed in Notepad. Each of the REG files contains the default settings for the file extension indicated. For the ZIP file fix, the download is a REG file, since ZIP's aren't working anyway!

NOTE: If your EXE file associations are corrupted, it can be difficult to open REGEDIT, or to even import REG files. To work around this, press CTRL-ALT-DEL and open Task Manager. Once there, click File, then hold down the CTRL key and click New Task (Run). This will open a Command Prompt window. Enter REGEDIT.EXE and press Enter.
Thanks to Nigel Andrews for this tip.

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/batch_file_assoc.zip Batch File Association
Fix (Restore the default associations for BAT files)
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_cabfile.zip CAB File Association Fix (Restore the
default associations for CAB files)
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_chm_fix.zip CHM File Association Fix
(Restore the default associations for CHM files)
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_com_fix.zip COM File Association Fix (Restore the
default associations for COM files) - Thanks to John Hanney

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_cpl_file_assoc.zip CPL File Association
Fix (Restore the default associations for CPL files)
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_directory_reg.zip Directory Extension Fix (Restores
defaults to HKCRDirectory)
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_drive_association_fix.zip Drive Association Fix
(Restores default settings for hard drives)
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_eml_file_assoc.zip EML File Association Fix (Restores
defaults for EML files)
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_exe_fix.zip EXE File Association Fix

(Restore default association for EXE files)
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/folder_reg.zip Folder Association Fix
(Restore default associations for File Folders)
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_giffile_fix.zip GIF File Association Fix (Restore
default associations for GIF Files)
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_hlp_file_fix.zip HLP File Association Fix (Restore
default associations for HLP files)
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_hta_fix.zip HTA File Association Fix
(Restore default associations for HTA Files


http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/html_association_fix.zip HTM/HTML Associations (Restore the default associations for htm/html files)
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_ico_file_assoc_fix.zip ICO File Association Fix
(Restore the default association for ico files)
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_inf_assoc.zip INF File Association Fix (Restore the
default assocation for INF files)
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/ie_desktop_icon.zip Internet Explorer Desktop Icon Fix
(Restore the default behavior for the Desktop IE icon)

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_jpg_jpe_jpeg_file_assoc_fix.zip JPE/JPG/JPEG Association Fix (Restore the default associations for jpe/jpg/jpeg
files)

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/linkfile_fix.zip
LNK (Shortcut) File Association Fix
(Restores Default Shortcut Behavior)

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_mpg_fix_reg.zip
MPG/MPEG File Association Fix
(Restores default associations for MPG/MPEG files)

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_mscfix.zip
MSC File Association Fix
(Restore default
associations for MSC files)

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/msi_assoc.zip
MSI File Association Fix
(Restore default associations for MSI files)

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_mspfix.zip
MSP File Association Fix
(Restore default associations for MSP files)

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_regfile.zip
REG File Association Fix
(Restore default associations for REG files)

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/scf_assoc_fix.zip
SCF File Association Fix
(Restore default associations for SCF files)

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_scr_fix.zip
SCR File Association Fix
(Restore default associations for SCR files)

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_txt_fix.zip
TXT File Association Fix
(Restore default associations for TXT files)

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_tiff_fix.zip
TIF/TIFF File Association Fix
(Restores default associations for TIF/TIFF files)

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_url_shortcut_fix.zip
URL File Association Fix
(Restores default associations for URL - Internet shortcuts)

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_vbs_file_association.zip
VBS File Association Fix
(Restores default associations for VBS files)

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/zipfolder_fix.reg
ZIP Folder Association Fix
(Restores default associations for ZIP Folders - REG File)
   
More Info http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm
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