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  1. stingr

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    this is my daughters computer and it started playing up. what i wish to do is reformat c:\ . But everything i click on a popup comes up saying something like this file program has no file assocation go to control panel etc....eg fdisk, c: prompt...seems like everything to do with windows. Is there anyway of getting the file assocation back. oh yeah when it starts there is a popup that comes up, with nothing in it just a few square boxes in the top left corner and of course i cant get into msconfig to see what is starting.
    any help would be great
     
  2. kniht

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    See if this helps:


    Download the fileassoc.txt file here http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_fileassoc.txt (you may want to right click and select Save As). Look up the file extension that you wish to correct. The entries are in the format of:

    assoc.txt=txtfile

    Use your mouse to copy the line for the association you wish to restore. Then click Start, Run and enter CMD A Command Prompt window will open. Right click in this Window and select Paste. Then press Enter.

    You can download a BAT file (zipped) that will restore all of the "default" associations that XP ships with. It will not restore those file associations created by 3rd party applications. The BAT file can be downloaded here: http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_fileassoc.zip
     
  3. Elvandil

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    If you want to reformat, why fix the associations? Boot from the XP CD and repartition/reformat during setup.
     
  4. stingr

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    thanks i will try that
     
  5. stingr

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    i need to try and get some things off it first, if not i will have to reformat
     
  6. Elvandil

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    Have you tried a System Restore? That should restore your file associations so that you can recover files.
     
  7. stingr

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    wont let me in there either, keeps saying about no file program assocation etc
     
  8. Elvandil

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    Can you find any file association that still works?

    You can restore to a previous point with the ERD 2005 Emergency Download that comes with a temporary license.
     
  9. stingr

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    thanks will try it..it seems that any program/file that has an .bat or .exe will not start, no assocation. if this doesnt work looks like a reformat... thanks for your help
     
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    Elvandil
    thanks for all your help, but nothing seems to be working. so i think i will just bite the bullet and reformat. this seems the easiest way and atleast she will get her computer back in a working condition
     
  12. Elvandil

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    If you still wish to recover files first, you can do that with a bootable CD without too much trouble.

    The CD created by the program available at the following link will allow you to move files to another disk or even burn them to CD.

    http://www.ubcd4win.com/
     
  13. stingr

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    thanks for that, but have now formatted hard drive
     
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