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Is there a program out there that does this?


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First off, I have Windows XP SP2 with all updates installed. I'm pretty sure XP does not support natively what I'm am trying to do, so I'm looking for a third party software.

What I am looking for is a software that, when I double click on a file in Windows Explorer, will try to open the file in one program. Then if it turns out the file can't be opened by that program, it will automatically try a second program to open the file in. Is this possible?

If you care to know, here is my problem in more detail:

My photo viewer of choice is Microsoft Photo Editor (MPE). Yes, I know, kind of archaic, but I like it. Anyway, maybe about half of the picture files I try to open are not compatible with it. I end up getting a message saying "Error Reading File." After much searching, I found the problem was not with the JPGs themsevles, but with MPE. And since Microsoft stopped updating and supporting it, I was out of luck.

So I found another photo viewer that I like called Futurix. I installed that, and it works with 100% of my JPGs. However, I would like to use MPE whenever possible and use Futurix only when MPE doesn't work. Rather than double click on a file, get the error message, click OK to the error message, close MPE, then right-click on the JPG and choose "open with" Futurix, I'm looking for a program that would allow Futurix to be opened automatically if MPE can't handle the JPG.

Thank you for your time,
mike.
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Hello and welcome to Geeks to go. XP does this for you. click here to learn about it.
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Hi Wolfgang,

Thanks for your suggestion, but the link does not offer a sollution to my issue. I am not looking to change which program is opened by doubled clicking on a file. I am looking for a way to have Explorer automatically open a second program if the first program runs into errors when reading the file.

thanks for your help, though...

mike.
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