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This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel

Hi all,

Can you please help me out with this query?

We recently used DFS to replicate shares and folders from the old the file server which was 2003 and replicated them on a new file server 2008. All folders and permissions have been replicated.

I had a shortcut which was mapped to a direct folder on another department’s share. I only had access to that folder. I went to access this folder and in its properties I noticed that it was mapped to the old server.

I can access this folder/shortcut on the old server, but as soon as I map it directly to the new file server the following errors appear:
“This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel”

Please note that my work station is XP but as soon as I try to access the same shortcut on the new file server (2008) and workstation Windows 7 this message does not appear.

Any ideas please?
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casscar
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viralypatelCommented:
1. right click the file
2. Choose "open with"
3. Click "Always use the selected program..."
4. select the program u want to open the file with in the list above
5. click OK

You are done. The error wont show again.
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viralypatelCommented:
small correction in step 2

2. Choose "open with" -> "Choose Program"
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casscarAuthor Commented:
Please note that this is a shared folder. i cannot right click on it and select open with
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raremindCommented:
Are you on the server or trying to run it on the workstation? Just a tad confusing on what your saying. If you are on the server or remoting into the server you may not have the program installed on the server. if its on the workstation I need a bit more info...

what is the original program that the link opens?
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casscarAuthor Commented:
I am on my workstation but i am opening a shared folder from the server. The program is a folders which contains any type of documents images and so on
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viralypatelCommented:
copy the file to your system and follow the steps. Aftet that it will work on the shared folder as well.
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casscarAuthor Commented:
Please note that i am not managing. I copied the entire folder and selected open with explorer but same error appeared again as soon as i try to open to shared folder
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viralypatelCommented:
what is the extension of that file?
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viralypatelCommented:
did it open properly with the local copy? If yes, then you forgot to enable the checkbox for "always use the selected program..."
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casscarAuthor Commented:
Please note that my request was that a direct shared folder which is on windows server 2003 opened from my XP machine while the direct shared folder on the new file server 2008 didnot open. While same path on Windows XP 7 opens. Every folder share that i have on my pc open so the problem i guess is not the association
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johnb6767Commented:
So you have lost the File Association for "directories" on XP? Can you open local directories ok?

Are you pointing to the proper DFS referral on this mapped drive? Properties of the Mapped Drive>DFS Tab...
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johnb6767Commented:
Ok, after reading through the confusion, apparantly I cannot read either....   :-)

"I can access this folder/shortcut on the old server, but as soon as I map it directly to the new file server the following errors appear:"

Are we dealing with Offline Files where you might be seeing this mapping to?

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casscarAuthor Commented:
Yes from the properties of the sahred drive i confirm that i am connecting to the new file server from the DFS properties.

No we are not dealing with offline files.
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casscarAuthor Commented:
thanks
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