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HOW TO: Restore the prompt to save or open files

Electronic Punk

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I have been having a problem the last few days where by if I download a .zip file it was automatically opening with WinRAR and not downloading the .zip to my desktop (default location).

Not a major problem, but frustrating if you are downloading multiple files for later use - instead I have had to immediatly extract them to my desktop and then deal with them later.

In WindowsXP I would have gone to my computer, properties and checked file associations there, sadly in Vista this tab is no longer there and has been replaced with a dumbed down version via Default Programs in the control panel.

So I had to edit the registry.

The information is stored in the following key:

HKEY_Current_User \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Shell \ AttachmentsExecute

In this key there is another folder (mine is called {0002DF01-0000-0000-C000-000000000046} ) and this contains all the file types that have been told to "always do the selected operation"

This took me ages to search for, so now hopefully you guys will have better luck!


I'm sorry Hal...
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nice find EP.

Theres a couple of niggles like this in Vista which are backwards steps from XP. not oo many though ;)

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Perris Calderon wrote on Electronic Punk's profile.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS

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