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File Associations Messed Up in Windows 7


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.

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Please use system restore feature to restore your PC settings to an earlier, problem-free, time.

The preferred method is to boot up in safe mode with command prompt and type rstrui.exe to restore.
MrChip2Author Commented:
Hi aadih,

I think you uncovered another problem.  I went into System Restore and there was only 1 point saved and it was from yesterday.  I need to figure out how to have a point generated automatically every few weeks or so.  Is there another solution you can think of?
Did you use the reg files from:

(1) Restore Default Windows 7 File Extension Type Associations:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2630-default-programs-set-programs-default-associations.html and

(2) File Association Fixes for Windows 7:

I have used the first one successfully.

About system restore points, I do it manually at 3-4 days intervals. This way I am sure.
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MrChip2Author Commented:
Hi aadih,

I used the one from sevenforums.  Glad to hear it worked for you.  The only thing is the one for txt points to notepad.  Is there an easy way to have it use EditPlus and the editplus icon (which is very distinctive and easy to see in Explorer)?
MrChip2Author Commented:
I did a search of my C drive and found the following file:


It is located at:


This is the application icon I want used.  Does it need to be in a different location?
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
no it can be there as long as you point to it correctly
MrChip2Author Commented:

I looked at the file I downloaded from sevenforums.  There is the following entry:


I have no idea what the hex code means - is it the file location of the .ico file?
MrChip2Author Commented:
I need to sign off for an hour or so.  If you post a comment it will be a short time before I respond.  Thanks!!
On the last window before you actually run System Restore there is a check box  "Show more restore points".   Check that and you may find you have several more restore points.
MrChip2Author Commented:
Hi jcimarron,

Thanks for the suggestion.  Unfortunately, I already checked the box and only 1 point shows up.
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MrChip2Author Commented:
First off, I am so sorry this question sat for so long.  I went out of town on business and did not have access to my account.  Still, I should have addressed this sooner.  

I did not want this question to simply close as if not answered.  You did not directly solve my file association problem, but you pointed out a problem I have with System Restore.  I was unaware that this was not running and you suggestion may save me untold heartache down the road.  I hope this is an acceptable reason for saying the problem is resolved.  In the meantime, the file association is not that big an issue and I will open a new question in the future if it becomes a problem.

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