Ways to resolve file type association issues in Windows® 7
How do you resolve file type association errors in Windows 7?
Windows 7 the newest operating system launched by Microsoft. It comes with variety of amazing and interesting features. With these features, Windows 7 is able to offer stunning performance. HomeGroup, Snap, Windows Live Essentials, Magnifier, improved taskbar, Jump List are some of the new features of Windows 7. File type association in Windows 7 will associate a particular file extension with your application. So every time you double click on a file with an extension, the file will automatically open in your application. Windows 7 supports file extension based associations. Then each file association is stored in the registry. For editing the file association you can use the 'assoc' command and for creating it you can use 'ftype' command.
Here are the common file type association issues that occur with Windows 7 and the tips to resolve them:
- File type association issues
- Use registry cleaner
- Make use of Windows Explorer to repair associations
File type association issues
When your computer no longer handles a file type as it does usually, then a file association problem occurs. Computers have programs for different file types. When a crash occurs or malware affects your PC, then there are chances of changes to the programs which you have installed in your PC, which in turn will cause a file type association issue. The file associations will become invalid if the there are errors in the registry.
Use registry cleaner
The registry is the core database of Windows that stores all important information. While installing programs you may have noticed a list of file extensions which will ask you to associate with it. By doing so, the program is telling Windows to open a file when you double click on a particular file. This process is done with the help of certain keys in Windows registry. The file associations will become invalid if the programs do not remove the associations when they are uninstalled. With the help of a registry cleaner you will be able to fix those invalid file associations.
If files are damaged then changing the files is very simple. For example, if your doc. file association has changed to some other word processor then instead of Microsoft Word, you can easily change it back to Microsoft Word. For that, find a Microsoft Word document in Windows Explorer, then instead of double clicking it, you will have to right click on it and then depending on your operating system you will have to choose the 'Open' or 'Open with' option from the sub menu.
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