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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Protect registered file types from re-association(Windows XP, Vista, 7)

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             Your system is structured perfectly as per your requirements. It is annoying when a newly installed program changes the associations of several fi le types just like that.
             You can prevent this via an entry in the registry.
IMPORTANT: All associations should be first set correctly as they cannot be easily changed later.
              First install all programs that you require for your daily work on a new system. Then save this configuration. For that, click ‘Run…’ in the start menu in Windows XP, enter ‘regedit’ and click ‘OK’. From Vista onwards, enter ‘regedit’ in the input fi eld of the start menu and press the [Enter] key. Confirm the user account control dialog with ‘Yes’ or ‘Continue’. Now navigate to the key ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies’. Switch to the sub-key ‘Explorer’ or generate it with ‘Edit | New | Key’. Now click in the right part of the window and select ‘Edit | New | DWORD value’. As the name, enter ‘NoFileAssociate’ and press [Enter]. To edit, double click the new entry, change its ‘Value’ to ‘1’ and confirm with ‘OK’. This block is applicable for the current user account.
             If you want to protect the registered fi le types across the system for all users, make the change in the key ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer’.
             Close the registry. In future, the ‘Always open the fi le type with the selected program’ option will be deactivated in the ‘Open with’ dialog, as a result of which re-association is no longer possible.


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