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Applications - This file does not have a program associated

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Hi, I am currently running Windows Vista. My laptop started acting a little weird so I restarted it to let it "clear it's mind" so to speak. When it restarted, every program I tried to open (including Windows programs such as System Restore) popped up with this dialogue "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Set Associations control panel." Of course, the Set Associations panel comes up with the same dialogue.
Some programs have allowed me to run them when I choose "Run as administrator" from the right click menu.

Do you know what the problem is and how I can fix it?
Thank you for your help.

Edited by Emi-chi, 26 January 2008 - 11:28 PM.

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Sounds like your file associations have been corrupted. The way to fix it is to edit the Registry. However, have a look on the link below because someone has already mapped the required Registry corrections for you.


Don't forget to backup your registry FIRST before applying the fix :)
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