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My husband has lost his mouse cursors - special large ones.  
He has always had trouble getting them to load directly with the mouse, so created a shortcut, which worked well - click on the shortcut, and immediately his large red pointer appeared.
He changed the name of the folder where he stores them, so then the shortcut didn't work - of course.
In trying to fix it, he got that window "which program do you want to use with this file?"  Apparently, he chose WIndows Picture Window - and now they don't work.
He doesn't want to OPEN them, just use them
How do I change them back to what they should be?
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David, thanks for that - I believe it will fix his longterm problem, but it makes no difference in the shortterm.  Until I can fix these files, they stay associated with
The immediate problem is that he has associated .cur files with Windows Media Centre.
If I look at the Properties of any of these cursors, it tells me Type of file is CUR and Open with Windows Media Centre.  That might be fine if he wanted to make changes to the file itself, but he doesn't.  My computer says .cur files open with - unknown application - ordinary computer users would never want to open them, they are just a tool.

Now, ALL cursors have lost their image, replaced by the Windows Media Icon.  I mean ALL cursors, including all the ones that come with Windows, not just the large ones he had downloaded.
He even redownloaded the files but they are automatically associated with Windows Media Centre

I think I need to disassociate the .cur files from Windows Media Center - but how?
I think maybe the answer is in the register, and I am comfortable with that, if I knew where to look.
I tried this - http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091228192534AARqbib;
and this - http://ss64.com/nt/assoc.html
I tried looking where one of them suggested, but couldn't find what they were talking about.
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Firstly Samnasser - thanks for taking the time to respond..
David/ve3ofa - your first response helped fix the longer term orpblem of getting his large arrow to show on startup.
 Your second response, on Regedit, I could find nothing that looked vaguely like your example; I got nothing when I went to [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.cur].

Serialband, your direction to go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER prompted me to log off  and log on as me - not a problem in the world with cursors for me, so I now had a better understanding of what was going on.
I tried downloading the unassociate file type program, but had trouble - Adobe reader said it couldn't open it; why Adobe got involved I cannot imagine, unless it's another misassociation.

Logged back on as him,  followed Step 1, no problems.
Went back and checked - the cursor icons were now visible, so I decided to call it quits at that point - did I really need to do Step 2?  It seems not as now all works just fine.
As usual, I not only get my problem solved, but also learn a little more.
Thank you,
Aileen
If the zip file is opening in adobe, then that means you have other file association problems that need fixing.
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Thank you, serialband, I suspected that might be the case, but right now he's happy with his cursors - thank you - and I can get back to my work.  I will look into it soon.
AIleen