"Open With" function missing

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Augie66, Sep 26, 2003.

  1. Augie66

    Augie66 Guest

    In using Windows Explorer in XP-pro, I have somehow managed to lose the use of the "Open With" function. Where before it showed all the programs available, now it opens with just a "Blank" screen. Any ideas as how to restore this? Thanks
     
  2. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Backup first.

    Check your settings here:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications. Select the associated sub-key, if 'NoOpenWith' is listed, delete it.

    This setting allows you to control whether the checkbox to save the "Open With" program is available when an unknown file type is opened.

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell\openas\command

    To enable the checkbox set the (Default) value to "rundll32.exe shell32.dll,OpenAs_RunDLL %1".
    Return to the desktop and press F5 for the change to take effect.
     
  3. Augie66

    Augie66 Guest

    Thanks, Mate! I am going to give it a try.
    BTW, your tagline; "Trust me, I haven't done this before and it didn't work then either" strikes home; real hard too!! My fav is "Never trust a computer you can't thow out the f'n window!"