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#1 Ice_Blue

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 23:16

I do not want a certain file extension to be associated with any program whatever.

In XP, this used to be easy a pie using Explorer.

In Vista and 7, I used a third party utility, but this no longer works under 8, and as much as I've Googled, I cannot find a workable solution to this problem.

For the life of me, I cannot understand why they removed this feature.

Thanks in advance for any help.


#2 -Himanshu-

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 06:18

Yeah, I tried doing this when I associated some program to .bin by mistake but couldn't remove it. I recalled that there used to be some option in XP. But couldn't see any option in 8. Here is how I solved it.

Create any file anywhere, I just made a .txt on desktop. Rename it to something.exe. Now right click on any file of the extension whose association you want to remove, go to Properties. Click the Change... button in the "Opens With" option. It will show the current program and there will be "More Options" link, click it. A list will come up, click the "Look for another app on PC" link at bottom. Browse to your something.exe and associate the extension with it. Hit Apply and OK. Now just go delete that something.exe you created and now your extension has no associated application.

#3 HawkMan

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 07:22

What's so hard about the default programs utility in 7 and 8...

#4 -Himanshu-

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 07:25

What's so hard about the default programs utility in 7 and 8...


You can only change the program that is associated with an extension, you can't delete an entry from there. OP wants to have no program associated with a certain extension.

#5 HawkMan

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 07:30

Not in front of my computer right now, but yes, I'm pretty, as in100% sure you can, as I've done it.

#6 -Himanshu-

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 07:37

Not in front of my computer right now, but yes, I'm pretty, as in100% sure you can, as I've done it.


Well, I tried right clicking and there is no menu. And delete button doesn't work. If there is any other way, please tell because the way I posted is a little long.

#7 HawkMan

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 08:01

Win key, default(click default apps, or most likely enter), at this point you're on the standard screen of default programs where you can't change much, from there you have the app settings, they're fairly useless as it won't show all apps, but there's also an area to lst all the registered file types, where you can change or delete their association.

#8 -Himanshu-

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 08:08

Win key, default(click default apps, or most likely enter), at this point you're on the standard screen of default programs where you can't change much, from there you have the app settings, they're fairly useless as it won't show all apps, but there's also an area to lst all the registered file types, where you can change or delete their association.


Yeah, that is the screen I am talking about. Control Panel -> Default Programs -> Set Associations. It lists all the extensions and their associated programs. It lets you change the entries, but there doesn't seem to be a way to delete an entry.

#9 grayscale

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 08:12

Win key, default(click default apps, or most likely enter), at this point you're on the standard screen of default programs where you can't change much, from there you have the app settings, they're fairly useless as it won't show all apps, but there's also an area to lst all the registered file types, where you can change or delete their association.

Is this it? There is no option to remove file associations, though.

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#10 -Himanshu-

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 08:33

^ Yes, that's the screen I was talking about. And as I said, there is no option for removing the entries.

#11 Buendia

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 08:36

Try FileTypesMan from www.nirsoft.net

#12 OP Ice_Blue

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 13:36

Yeah, I tried doing this when I associated some program to .bin by mistake but couldn't remove it. I recalled that there used to be some option in XP. But couldn't see any option in 8. Here is how I solved it.

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Thank You.
Your solution worked a treat.

@Hawkman:
As Himanshu and Grayscale stated, there is no option in that applet to REMOVE an association completely, just change it to something else.

Try FileTypesMan from www.nirsoft.net


Thanks. Will check it out.

#13 grayscale

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 13:38

I also use FileTypesMan on changing the icons of the file types. Good app.

#14 OP Ice_Blue

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 15:38

I also use FileTypesMan on changing the icons of the file types. Good app.


Indeed. I tried it out a little while ago. Definitely a keeper.

#15 AngelGraves13

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 21:00

Hmm...odd.



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