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    OCX files and the filetype list

    Hi, I don't know if anyone can help me with this, but I'd be grateful if someone can!

    I have a piece of software (currently not working) loaded on my machine at work that uses files with an OCX extension, but something has hijacked this extension and relabelled the files, and our Ops people believe that this is why it won't work.

    On other machines here, OCX files have the standard Windows icon (the flying window) but mine has one that looks like a piece of paper with blue lines of text, a box of some sort in the top left corner and a large red capital A in the bottom right corner. If you look for the extension in the Filetypes list it's not there - we've gone through the entire list one by one checking carefully at least twice! - but if you choose New and specify OCX as the extension it says you can't because something called "ocx_auto_files" is already using it - but there's nothing on the list by that name either. The Ops people even tried removing all filetype entries with this icon, a rather extreme step that doesn't seem to have caused any problems so far, fingers crossed.

    Does anyone have enough knowledge about this corner of Windows (I'm using WinNT4, by the way) to have any idea of whether (1) the ops people are right, and (2) how we might fix it, whether they are or not?!

    I do hope so - they're threatening to build me a new PC (again - third new machine in as many months) if we can't get it working otherwise, and I've only just got this one working how I want it again! <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: OCX files and the filetype list

    Since nobody seems to have a clue with this one, I'll post the fix we found - accidentally, I might add, and through a very circuitous route!

    We found that the OCX association was not showing on the list because the name of the entry was blank, but the only way we discovered this was by opening the list in the old File Manager (winfile). Still in winfile, we then went in to the entry to edit it, entered the name that Windows had been claiming it was using all along ("ocx_auto_files"), and went back to the filelist in WinEx. It now showed up, and we were able to remove it (the object of the exercise).

    Weird, huh?!
    Beryl M


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    Re: OCX files and the filetype list

    Beryl

    Sorry, never noticed this post! (I've been away...)

    I would probably have suggested, in a Command Prompt Window, doing FTYPE /? which shows (in part) how the two commands
    ASSOC and FTYPE
    work together to set up associations.

    But your method is even better, 'cos it worked for you!
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

    Ita, esto, quidcumque...

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