File Associations Messed Up in Windows 7
Posted on 2014-08-01
I am having some problems with my Windows 7 PC's file associations. I suspect some files were deleted when I was cleaning my system with CCleaner or TFC.
Various files appear differently in Explorer than I want them to. In one case, .txt files are associated with the program EditPlus (my preferred text editor) but the icon displayed is the one for Notepad. Another example is with .pptx files. When I look at .pptx files on my PC they are correctly associated with PowerPoint and show the PowerPoint icon. When I view files on my server (SBS 2003) from my PC using mapped drives, .pptx files are associated with PowerPoint but are displayed with a generic box icon. I would like to ensure that files are associated and displayed correctly on all my drives (local and networked) when viewed from my W7 PC.
In terms of .txt files, yesterday they were similar to .pptx files (generic box showing on the mapped network drives). I came across a site that posted various .reg files to correct file associations. I downloaded and ran Default_TXT.reg (after looking at the file to feel OK with it's content - hope this wasn't a big mistake). It changed the default program to Notepad and the icon displayed correctly on all drives. I then changed the default program back to EditPlus. And now it opens with EditPlus but displays Notepad's icon.
I am not experienced tweaking the registry and would prefer a user-friendly solution if possible.