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TIF file association keepts dissappearing

I'm running a Windows Server 2003 domain, and I'm having a problem with machines on the network. None of the users have administrator rights, but one various, random computers the TIF file association in Folder Options>File Types  keeps dissappearing. I haven't been able to figure out what is causing these to dissappear - the users don't have the rights to change them. Any ideas on how to lock this down, maybe by GP? or create a GP to force this file type association?

The other side of this question is: as a domain admin, is there a way i can connect to the client PC, running WIin XP Pro, and manually restore the file types without having to interrupt the user by logging him off and logging on as ad admin?
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Jared LukerCommented:
Do you have startup scripts running?  You could import a .reg file in your startup scripts that could restore those types of settings.
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jdecariaAuthor Commented:
I want to somehow lock these file type to prevent them from being changed in the first place. I can't figure out how they'er being randomly deleted...
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Jared LukerCommented:
Something is changing those registry keys.  You can set permissions on those keys mentioned in that article to a select few users and see if that resolves the problem.
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jdecariaAuthor Commented:
currently user "system" has full control over this entry - can i change that so the system has only read access for this entry?
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Jared LukerCommented:
Sure... that should not hurt anything.  If your users are local admins, I would be more inclined to make the local admin group read only on that key.
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jdecariaAuthor Commented:
if i make that change on one computer, then export the key, when i import the key, will the security settings follow it? or is this something i have to do manually on every  computer?
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Jared LukerCommented:
No... you would have to do it to each machine.  You can automate it with the use of a tool and a batch file.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/264584

OR... you could find out what it is that's changing the association.  That's easier said than done.
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jdecariaAuthor Commented:
when this problem comes up, which is about once every two weeks, i have to connect to the users machine, make the user log off so i can log on with an admin account, and then i go into "My computer" and manually restore the file association. I'd like to find a way of doing this that  would not make me interrupt the user's session.
i tried remote desktop but XP pro won't allow me to log on without interrupting the user's session.

this registry entry is located in the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT directory of the registry. when i connect to a user's registry remotely, i can't view this directory. is there a way for me to add this file association to a computers's registry remotely without interrupting the user?  

i'd rather do this once a week than putting scripts in AD, or spending  a whole week finding out what is randomly causing this to happen.
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Jared LukerCommented:
I don't know of a way to play with HKCR remotely.  

Locally, you can just use runas to execute regedit.exe to import the registry key.  The user will not have to log out in that case:

runas /user:domain\AdminAccount regedit /s TiffFix.reg

Drop that into a batch file.  

Run the batch file and put your password in and it should be good to go.

As an alternative, you could give domain users access to that registry key through the methods mentioned above.  Then you could drop that reg file on their desktop and they could just double click on it when they see the problem arise.

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