How to open .swf files in IE for all users on Terminal Server 2003

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We have some local .swf files that we want to open in IE when you click on them.
On my Vista PC it works fine, but I can not get it to work on our terminal Server

The file has the kind of icon that it has no program assosiated with it.
I have just installed Adobe flash player 10 but still does not get any assosiation with a program.

I then tried to go to Control Panal -> Folder Option and set IE as default program.
This will then work for this user but no other user. Other user does not have access to Control Panel due to GPO restriction

I then tried regedit and searched on .swf extention to check. I have put some settings that I think means it should open in IE but still does not show any file assisiation.

Any idea what to do from here?

Kind Regards
Morten
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Hi, Try this, login as an administrator on the console and associate the file type with what you want to open it with.  You will have to close all open sessions in order for them to register the new file type in their profile.  

You associate the file extension by opening my computer, click on tools, folder options, file types.  Scroll down to your extension and then see if it has an action and what application does it.  If the extension doesn't exist then you have to click on new and then type in the extension, and then select the associated file type (in this case, shockwave flash object) and click ok.  You will then go down or select the file extension and see what it opens with.  Click on it and it will say "Opens with" and then the name of the application.  Click on one of the other apps for an example.  

If it is blank you click on advanced, click on open, click on edit and browse to the executable.  

I think that you will get it when you see it.  Click ok and try to run it locally.  Login with a new term serv session and see if it took.

If that doesn't work then you may have to reboot.  If that doesn't work then this gets real ugly and you have to login as all profiles and set the file type on ALL users profiles.  

HTH

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Hi
Thanks for answer.
Yes I had already tried that and it did not work. It works for the user that you edit the settings for, but not all the others.
Going through each user was what I wanted to avoid as there is 150 and non of them has access to control panel due to GPO.
There must be a way to do this, eighter by edit register, export register key and run for all users while logging on.

Anyone?
Kind Regards
Morten
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Ok,

check this link out:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/Q_23396391.html

I think that it will work for you.
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Hi
Thanks for link.
Still trying to work out the solution. The editing of registry I cant get to work.

I have great belive in using the associate.exe, problem is that its not part of the resource kit for 2003.
Can only see it in Win2000.
I just dont have a win2000 to try to extract it and maybe copy it over on a win2003.
Not sure if that would work. Tried to download it as a seperate application but cant find it.

Hm.. a little stuck but still looking for associate.exe for win2003

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Hi Again
I managed to download the associate.exe for Windows 2000 Server and that worked fine :)

I made a bat script and it runs when users sign on.

Thanks for your help

Kind Regards
Morten

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Thanks for your help

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Awesome.  Glad that worked out for you.  Good job!

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