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    We've had a recurring problem with some MS Office XP updates wiping out our TIF and TIFF file associations. I support over 120 workstations, and this is becoming a larger problem every time we run Office updates.

    We use IBM's FileNet Document Viewer as our default TIF viewer for a number of reasons (integration to Document Management system and Fax, browser plug-in, etc), and need this file association to remain in place.

    In the past users could simply go into File Associations and add TIF and TIFF back, but recent security changes have blocked that option. Only admins are allowed to add file associations now.

    Any idea which Office Update is causing this and how to prevent it from happening again, or ficing it after it happens?

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    If you have a Windows Active Directory network you can use group policy to apply the required registry settings via a machine start up script.
    Alternatively you could create a scheduled task on each machine that runs with admin credentials.
    The easiest way to obtain the settings is to set the association, then run REGEDIT and export these keys:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.tif
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.tiff
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TIFImage.Document

    Then use this command to import the keys:
    regedit /s filename

    cheers, Paul

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