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Everything opens with Notepad! The solution.

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by dbDesigner, May 4, 2011.

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  1. dbDesigner

    dbDesigner Thread Starter

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    When doing Right-Click on a file and choosing Open with, it opens immediately with Notepad without any prompt.

    No matter what type of file - text, graphics etc, all gets opened in Notepad without the option to choose what Program to use.

    I am not sure what caused this, but some suggested running SFC, anti-virus and malware scans.
    This does NOT solve the problem.

    The problem is that the registry setting used to choose the type of program got corrupted.

    To fix this Registry entry, do this:

    Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe

    Navigate to the following location:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Unknown \ shell

    Backup the key (right-click and choose export - give it any name you want).

    In the right-pane, double-click on (Default) and type: openas

    Then navigate to the following branch:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Unknown \ shell \ openas \ command

    In the right-pane, double-click (default) and type (or copy and paste) the following string:

    rundll32.exe shell32.dll,OpenAs_RunDLL %1

    Exit the Registry Editor.

    I had the same problem and the above solved the problem.

    If you prefer not to edit the settings you can download a .REG file, and double-click it to automatically have it update your registry with the correct settings.

    You can find the download file here:
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/openas.htm
     
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