Windows Vista HP file association problem....

Posted on 2009-04-18
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
My brother has a Medion laptop running Vista Home Premium SP1.

He wanted to open a .pps file and as he doesn't have Office installed downloaded the Powerpoint viewer from Microsoft.

 Unfortunately, when he tries to open the file he still gets the message..

Do you want to open this file? Type. Microsoft Powerpoint Slide Show."
When he clicks OK he gets this message...

"This file does not have a program associated with it for performing the action. Create an association in the Set Associations Control Panel."

I suggested right-clicking on the file and using 'Open with' - but the Open With option is missing from the context menu.

Looking in Control Panel at file associations the .pps extension is already associted with the Powerpoint viewer.

Any ideas welcome.

Question by:chrisfixit
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    Accepted Solution

    Shift - Right click - Tick always use and select pp viewer. Does it open if you start the viewer then navigate to the file.

    Chris B
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    Author Comment

    Shift-Right-Click doesn't bring up the 'Open With' option either, but he can open it by launching the Viewer and selecting the file.. the registry must be corrupted somewhere..
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    Expert Comment

    The other way to change association is to right click, select properties, the first bit shows the association and has a change button which works the same as right click - open with....

    Chris B
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    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks, but I don't know why the 'open with' option has disappeared or why it won't open the viewer even though the file type IS associated with it.

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