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    .reg file association (XP SP1)

    Up until lately, I have been able to run a file with a .reg extension to make automatic registry changes just by clicking on the reg file.
    Now when I click on them they open up in notepad with no apparent way to run the file.

    I can go to regedit>import and point to the file after browsing to it. Then it runs OK.

    How can I re-associate the reg file with whatever is required to run it, without going to the regedit prog?
    I went to folder options in control panel, file types but could not see any obvious way to change the association to something that would run the file, not just open it to read it.

    Am I blinded by the obvious or what? <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15>

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    Re: .reg file association (XP SP1)

    Select Tools | Folder Options...
    Activate the File Types tab.
    Locate REG.
    Click Edit...
    Is RegEdit somewhere in the list (on my system, it is at the top, under Recommended). If so, select it and click OK.
    Otherwise, return to the Folder Options dialog and click Advanced...
    Is there an action named Merge? If so, select it and click Default.
    If not, create a new action named Merge, with the following properties:
    Application to run: regedit.exe "%1"
    DDE: checked.
    Application: regedit
    Subject: system
    Click OK, then make this action the Default.

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    Re: .reg file association (XP SP1)

    Hans,

    Thanks, that did it. Had to use the merge option to do it, but now works as usual.

    Don't you know, after making the changes you suggested, I found a way to also do it with one of my utility progs ( Fresh UI ).
    At any rate, all is fine. but I wonder just what changed that in the first place? <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>

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    Re: .reg file association (XP SP1)

    >>I wonder just what changed that in the first place?

    There is a chance you changed it yourself by accident, by pressing Enter too fast in some dialog, but it might as well be Windows, or some other application. I have Windows Explorer settings changing "spontaneously" - not a big deal, but it makes you wonder...

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    Re: .reg file association (XP SP1)

    It's easy to overlook the "Always use this program" in the Open With dialog. That would be my first guess. My second guess would be some kind of utility that tries to protect you from malware by changing the default action for "dangerous" file extensions. (This definitely would qualify!)

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    Re: .reg file association (XP SP1)

    My vote goes for "spontaneously". Sometimes strange things happen in Windows, and it just leaves you scratching your head in amazement.

    Well, as long as there is a way to revert to the right settings.

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