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.SIF file issue

Posted on 2011-02-11
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
You know when a file is not allocated a proper .doc or .xml .mp3 symbol so a person does not know what the file is, but on right clicking and selecting to 'OPEN' in any selected format, which then changes that files whether right or wrong to that .doc.  How do I change it back so that it is not in any format?
Question by:mikey250
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ID: 34871973
i think ive done it as i accessed right clicked the file, properties and removed the '.sif' at the end and it reverted back.  hopefully this will then allow my system to read the file as normal!!
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ID: 34873574
If you've just renamed your xxxx.sif file to xxxx then you've just got a workaround.  Any other files created with the .sif file extension will exhibit the same problem.

You need to tell XP that the .sif file extension is not associated with a specific program:

Open Windows Explorer > Tools > Folder Options > Files Types

Find the .SIF  file type and delete it

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ID: 34873714
so although ive changed it to '.sif' - you want me to delete it in: Open Windows Explorer > Tools > Folder Options > Files Types, what will this do?
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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ID: 34874248
Open Windows Explorer > Tools > Folder Options > Files Types
Sets file associations so Windows knows what program to use to open a file.
You can also get to it when you open an unknown file type as set the program you open it with as the default.
From your question it sounded like you had set the default program for .SIF file types but wanted to undo that.
What I'm suggesting will set Windows so it doesn't know what program to use to open a .SIF file and will ask you.
At that point you could choose another program you want to always open .SIF files or for Windows to continue to check with you.

Author Comment

ID: 34877985
ok i will look at it!  although the file does appear as a none file, but in order to open it and read whats inside you have to open it as a notepad according to instructions and when ive finished i then just selected properties and removed the .sif which put it back in its 'none' recognisable state, but i think then it was not recognised as a .sif file anymore!!
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Expert Comment

by:☠ MASQ ☠
ID: 34878031
Windows relies on the file extension to know what to do with it.  If you remove that then by default it becomes "none"

Author Comment

ID: 34878044
just so you know it is to do with 'RIS' and ive just realised i believe my problem after a whole week of nightmares doing this.  just re-installing and starting again.  most experts have gone onto bigger and better things but i wish to crack this just so i know.  although it wasn't to do with the '.sif' file although that was just a query.

thanks for you help!

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