Windows® XP File Association Fixes

Satheesh C B | Monday, January 07, 2008 | 0 comments

Sometime you may get this error:Windows cannot open this file:


This error means that Windows couldn’t find the program where the shortcut is pointing to.

Sometime you only get the standard unrecognized file type icon that look like the image below.




How to reveal hidden file extensions in Windows XP


hide file extensions

  • by selecting it from the start menu, or by double clicking on the "My Computer" icon on your desktop or in the Start menu

  • Once you have your Windows Explorer (don't confuse Windows Explorer with Internet Explorer) select TOOLS, and then FOLDER OPTIONS from the menu at the top.

  • From the Windows Folder Options window, click the view tab

  • UNcheck the box that says "Hide extensions for known file types"

  • Click OK

How to create a file association in Windows XP


file association


create file association

  • From the error message that appears, click select the program from a list.


  • In the window that appears, select the correct program to open the file, and click the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file box.
  • Click OK

Windows XP will now always use the program you selected to open this kind of file.

More Technical help on file associations at Microsoft's web site: How to change file associations

Doug Knox’s Windows XP File Association Fixes: check here

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