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File Associations in Win98se

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  1. pyritechips

    pyritechips Gone but Never Forgotten Thread Starter

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    *CAUTION! I have no idea if this works with other Windows- maybe you can offer some input on that.*

    I have had a lot of people asking lately about how to set a file association in Windows 98. This is especially a problem when software will "hijack" an association and not give it up, even after the software has been uninstalled.

    It has been my experience with Win98 that "open with..." and folder options are not always sucessful in setting a file association.

    Instead I use Winfile:

    1) Go to Start > run..., and enter winfile

    2) To select the file to be associated, navigate to it by first selecting the drive, then in the left pane select the folder(s) in which the file is stored.

    3) Find the file in the right pane. Note that the MS-DOS name will be displayed so ensure what it is for the file. If you are not sure, right click the file, then properties. The MS-DOS name will be displayed there.

    4) Select the target file then go to the top of the window and click File > Associate...

    5) In the Associate window, confirm the file extension, eg. xls.

    6) In "associate with:" line, select the program you wish to open the file type by highlighting it in the list below, or by "browse..."

    7) Once the file and program are selected, click ok.

    Hope this is helpful to some of you. It seems as if very few people know of winfile, a little known and poorly promoted utility.
     
  2. Lyn Patterson

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    What a great tip ! I have never heard of 'winfile' - it makes it so easy. When I first started computing this was a real problem and "open with" was not the way to go. I used to mess around in View\Folder Options\File types etc and it was not easy. It happened every time I was experimenting with different graphics programmes and drove me crazy.

    Thanks.

    Lyn
     
  3. Davey7549

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    Your Tip also works just fine in WinME!
    Thanks for the little heads up on Winfile!:D :D :D

    Dave
     
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    I have been using that method ever since Win 3.1, and it works with all versions of Win 9x. I don't know whether winfile is included with NT or not, but if so, it should work.

    One caveat; winfile is a 16 bit program and can't handle long file names. If you do <B>anything</B> to a file in winfile, the long filename will be truncated. You can either select a file with a short filename (8.3) with the extension you want to associate, or you can rename the file afterwards in Windows explorer to get back the long file name.

    For anyone who is curious, winfile is simply file manager from Win 3x, carried over into Win 9x. Program manager (progman.exe) is still there, also.
     
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    Jim,
    would this work when i get an email attachment that i can't open and it sends me to a box that has programs in it and it says pick one to open with.
    I have no idea what to do there,but your tip seems to be what i need I think?
     
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    pyritechips Gone but Never Forgotten Thread Starter

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    Davey and Brushmaster: Thanks for clarifying the use of winfile in other OS's!:)

    sasnak: That would depend upon the actual type of file. For instance, you won't be able to open a text file in Paint! Some file types are also specific to a sertain program and won't open in other programs. In other words, the file type must be a valid file type. No amount of associating will get them to open.

    Also, always be suspicious of unknown or unusual looking file types, especially in e-mail attachments. And also watch out for double extensions! NEVER atempt to open an attachemnt unless you can see, and understandt the file extension! For example, Funnypic.jpg.vbs is NOT a picture!

    If you have recieved an attachment and don't recognise it, ot it looks suspicious and you know who sent it, ask them what the source of the file is. It's best to simply ask them to send it in a standard file format.
     
  7. sasnak

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    Thanks for the info.
     
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    OPEN WITH ....
    **************

    Many thanks to Pyritechips for posting that post
    about Winfile.
    That is certainly a much better way of handling
    the Open with facility.
    I have been having trouble getting .swf to run
    in internet explorer, now it does ok.

    Cheers, John
     
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    Good stuff chips.
     
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    I went there but when I right clicked on anything it did nothing, do I need to close down all programs before doing this?
     
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    dont know if i did it right but xp crabbed at me
     
  12. brindle

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    Worked fast and slick on my 98se system more choices than open with has.
    I too now remember it from the 3.11 days but with all the upgrades had completely forgotten about winfile. Actually thought it had been replaced with that horrible open with.
     
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    pyritechips Gone but Never Forgotten Thread Starter

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    Yes, same here with my W2K. I believe it isn't availabe on 2000 or XP but then again these NT OS's are much better at assuming file associations the usual "open with..." way.
     
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    Huh? I have win98se and it was only a couple pic's, I was just asking if you knew what the original setting for BMP accociation was, thinking it might go to some other programs on my computer.what is BMP for?
     
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    pyritechips Gone but Never Forgotten Thread Starter

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    .BMP pictures originally open in MS Paint.
     
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