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Fixing a file association issue

July 1, 2019

Somehow after the latest Windows updates, a file association for a particular program got lost. Forums suggested modifying the Registry, but I was hesitant to do that. I tried all sorts of other stuff, but still Microsoft kept telling me to look in their apps store for another program.

However, my IT guys came to the rescue and sent me a link for another way to associate a file type with a program: https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-associate-file-type-or-protocol-program

In my case, according to Microsoft, the file type already associated with the program, but I reassigned it anyway, following the instructions in that link. Everything then worked as it had before the update.

(Note: I can’t say for certain that the update caused the problem, but the file association worked before the update and not after. After finding out it didn’t work and trying a few things, I shut down that PC and rebooted it the next day then did the reassigning as per the link. Because I didn’t check if it worked after the reboot, I can’t say for certain that reassigning the file type worked, or whether the reboot fixed the problem anyway, without me having to reassign the file type with the program.)

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