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Is there a way to reset a file extension to its original extension.
I am trying a few things with  McAfee Webgatewa .backup file.  However, it opens up in .text or word.  How can I reset to the original .backup extension.  I do not know what the original file extension or type was.   Thanks.
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You need to use the application creating that file to be able to read/restore it. The format is application specific.
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It depends on your OS. If it is windows 10 for example you can open "Settings", then "System", then "Default Apps". Now towards the bottom of the Window you have a button "Reset", and that will reset the settings back to the m$ defaults.
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by:cgeorgeisaac
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Thanks Qlemo and Rindi:

I have Windows 7 64.  I was in  Control Panel > Default Programs > Set Associations - There is no way to reset.   Also, I checked "Settings" and"Systems"  I could not locate anything.  (I had downloaded the .backup file and mistakenly associated to open using notepad - now I want to reset this please).
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Since you haven't yet upgraded to Windows 10, this would be one of your last opportunities to do this for free, as the offer is only available until the 29th of this month....
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In Explorer, shift-right click on a .backup file, then choose "Open with ...", select the original application to open it, and make sure to tick to always use that app now.
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That is what I need to know.  I do not know the original application I used to open the mwg.backup  (the mcAfee gateway file)
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The app should be visible in the context menu list, following the current application (Notepad).
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