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Can't open certain files since installing SP2

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My mother-in-law uses Compuserve which sends some formatted e-mail as html attachment files with a .bin extension. Her computer is set to open these files with IE. No problem until Windows XP Service Pack 2 was installed. Now Windows refuses to open .bin files. No error message, no warning... nothing. Does anyone know how to get IE to start opening these .bin files again without laboriously changing the extensions to .htm each time?
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Hi Yakuba, welcome to GTG! <_<

Try creating a file association:

How to create file associations for unassociated file types
You may want to create a file association for a file type that is not associated with a program in your computer. There are two common reasons for this action:
A program such as a database produces file reports with extensions that are not registered in Windows XP.
You receive e-mail message attachments that are created in a program that is not installed on your computer, but there is an installed program that can read these files.
To create file association:
Right-click a file with the extension that you want to change, and then click Open, or double-click the file.
Windows XP displays a dialog box that indicates that no program is associated with this file. The dialog box offers two choices for creating an association:
Use the Web service to find the appropriate program
Select the program from a list
Unless you want to find and download software that opens this file type, the best choice is to select the program from a list.

Windows displays a dialog box that displays programs that are installed on the computer. If the program that you want to use for this file type is not listed, click Browse to locate the appropriate software. Select the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file check box.

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