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Delphi 7 file associations - "repair" installation doesn't

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I recently upgraded from Delphi 5 pro to Delphi 7 pro. I installed D7 while keeping D5 installed until I got everything working in D7. Then I uninstalled D5. Now all the file associations have been lost for Delphi files. I tried the D7 repair installation but it did not repair the problem. As far as I can tell, the old "registry only" installation is no longer present. Re-installing D7 with the same options on top of the existing installation does not fix the problem.

Is there any way to fix the installation without completely uninstalling and re-installing? I've done quite a bit of customizing and installing my specialized settings, components, etc, so I hate to have to do that all over again.

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arjanh earned 250 total points
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You could manually re-associate the .pas .dfm .dpr etc files with D7. In a Windows Explorer right click the appropriate files and set the default open with to D7.
Or, if the files are currently still linked to D5: go to Tools->Folder Options, tab File Types. Select the delphi file extensions (pas dpr dfm etc.) and enter delphi as the default "open with" command.

It's a bit tedious, but faster than uninstalling and reinstalling copmletely...
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I have continued to research this and found someone else had this problem;

http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=lang_en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&threadm=3ed3502e%240%2449113%24e4fe514c%40news.xs4all.nl&rnum=5&prev=/groups%3Fhl%3Den%26lr%3Dlang_en%26ie%3DUTF-8%26oe%3DUTF-8%26q%3Ddelphi%2B7%2Binstall%2Bassociation%26sa%3DN%26tab%3Dwg

This thread does not contain a real solution, though, other than the tedious process of manually re-associatiing each file type, although the hint of fixing the registry reference in HKCR_Applications is helpful.

I am looking for a way to cause the installer to fix the problem - like the "registry only" install in previous versions of Delphi did.

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You basically only need .bpg and .dpr extension to be linked to the delphi IDE. So you only need to do the manual thing twice. Besides, using right-click in Explorer makes it very easy.

I checked the install. Under the repair option it says "fixes ... and registry entries". So if that option didn't work for you, you have to do it manuall....
There is no separate register-only option anymore.
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I wanted to close this so I split the points for the two who responded.
Conclusion - this is a problem with Delphi. There is no solution. There is no warning about this issue in Delphi 7 readme or FAQs.

Anyone who is installing Delphi 7 to replace Delphi 5 should be cautioned: Either uninstall Delphi 5 before installling Delphi 7, or don't ever uninstall Delphi 5 after installing Delphi 7.

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