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Is there a way to fix file associations?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by DreamGoddess, Jan 11, 2015.

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  1. DreamGoddess

    DreamGoddess Thread Starter

    Apr 17, 2010
    To better explain, is there a way to be able to use programs to set their own file associations again rather than the idiotic Default Programs in Control Panel or the Open With dialogue?

    Windows 8 has, so far, sucked big time and has far fewer good features than Windows 7, and this is a core problem for me. Windows will not "see" file types it doesn't recognize such as PSF, SPC, 2SF, etc. which are all sound formats for video game sequencing music, by Neil Corlett. Previously, it's as easy as opening Winamp and setting file associations. Unfortunately, it doesn't work now in the default Windows 8, and I can't find a way to change this really horrible "feature". When I try "Open With", Winamp isn't on the list of programs to pick from. On Default Associations, the file types aren't shown.

    As such, my question is threefold.

    1. Is there a way to fix this and disable this "feature" that has no useful application whatsoever?

    2. If not, is there a way to upgrade back to Windows 7 for free without wiping the computer?

    3. Or am I screwed and never able to open these files again because Microsoft took away the usability?

    I'm just about fed up with Microsoft and their "upgrades" that are actually "downgrades".
  2. DaveA

    DaveA Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Nov 16, 1999
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    What program are you trying to use with these file types?

    What program was used on the Windows 7 OS?
  3. davehc

    davehc Retired Trusted Advisor

    Oct 4, 2006
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    As DaveA asks? As far as I can remember,there were no resident programs in Windows 7 that would run those associations. As far as seeing Winamp in the "Open with" dialogue - have you tried installing the latest Winamp? It wont appear until you do so. It isnt, as I have just stated, built in to Windows 7 or Windows 8.

    If you do have WinAmp installed, then select "Open with" and at the bottom choose default program. You will then need to browse your file manager and select the WinAmp .exe. But, fwiw, I don't think Winamp has the facility to open those extensions.

    In order to get the extensions to show in the "Default Associations", you need to browse and find the programs which do open them. There may be, of course, plugins for WinAmp which can do the job.
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