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Various applications that I have installed have taken some file type associations away from my Office 2000 SR-1a installation.  In particular, Palm Desktop has grabbed the VCS/iCalendar file type.  (I can no longer add an eVite to my calendar seamlessly - wah!  :))

I found another post that provided the following batch file:

------- begin file------------
@ECHO OFF
ECHO Starting Office 2000 File Associations Fix
ECHO Please be sure that all Office 2000 Applications are closed
ECHO Including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook
ECHO Press any key to apply the fix, or Ctrl-C to cancel...
ECHO.
PAUSE >NUL
start /w winword.exe /regserver >NUL
ECHO.
start /w excel.exe /regserver >NUL
ECHO.
start /w powerpnt.exe /regserver >NUL
ECHO.
start /w msaccess.exe /regserver >NUL
ECHO.
ECHO Fix completed! Press any key to exit.
PAUSE >NUL
EXIT
--------- end file --------------

This seemed to work.  But, when I tried to add this line:

    start /w outlook.exe /regserver >NUL

It gave me an error message about that being an invalid command line option.  

I've tried doing a 'repair' from Add/Remove and it's still not right.

Any ideas?
Thanks!
Bear
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by:pauloaguia
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On Windows Explorer goto Tools -> Folder Options -> File Types.

Here you'll see a list of all file types known to your system. Find the extension you want changed and change the program association (the Opens with label has a Change button. at least on WinXP)

Hope this helps

Paulo
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by:pauloaguia
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By the way, there may also be a Restore or an Advanced button in this area. Read the text carefully and see if it may apply to your case. This is usually used to restore file associations or edit the action list available for that file type (when you click the right mouse button).
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by:lordbear
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Dear Paulo,
I had attempted to restore the proper file type association previously by use of the Tools -> Folder Options -> File Types approach.  However, I found that a simply pointing to the application file (outlook.exe) did not work.  

I suspect there are additional parameters needed for the command line to provide the automatic import of iCalendar/vCalendar data.  

In fact, this makes me think!  Maybe I could just look at the command line on a working system!  Duh!

"D:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OUTLOOK.EXE" /vcal "%1"  

Hey!  It worked!
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If you managed to solve it all by yourself then you can post a 0 point question in Community Support Topic Area with a link to this one asking for a moderator to come close this question and refund your points.

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