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Can anyone tell me why the Folder Options - File Types is greyed out?

Posted on 2011-09-18
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Hello,

I am responsible for a 15 workstation computer network.  All workstations are XP Pro and the server is W2K.

I can log into any computer and change file associations (Folder Options - File Type) without trouble, however, when the users log in these same options are greyed out.

I set up the network years ago and don't remember what I may have done to limit access.  I am using Group Policies which was set up with the help of a friend who know much more than me about this stuf.

I need to change the association of a specific file type on all the machines.  Is this something that is tied to the image on the hard drive, or to the profile that is managed by Active Directory?

I updated an application that we run on our workstations to allow clicking on a .jpg file and having it open when you do so.  The machines are giving me an erro message when I click on the file because there is no association for the type .jpg setup and I can't change it because the buttons are greyed out!

THanks
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Question by:pcalabria
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File associations can only be set by a user who is a local administrator - by default domain admins are added to local administrators but 'normal' users are not.
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The user needs to log on as the administrator in order to change these options. If the user is not logged on as an administratror, they do not have permission to make these changes, hense the options are greyed out and the user can not make changes.
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by:yo_bee
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Do you have group policies in place?

If so take look at this think.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732272.aspx
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by:yo_bee
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Sorry. That was for server 2008, here are instructions for deploying to xp machines.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc731892(v=ws.10).aspx
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Users can still change per user settings by SHIFT+Right Clicking>Open With>selecting the app, and checking the box at the bottom to "Always use this program to launch ....."......

Won't affect the other users on the box.....
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by:pcalabria
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Still working on this , just got involved with another project.  I will get back to it.
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