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  1. #1
    sandra smith Guest

    Default set association control panel

    when trying to open an attachment in my emails the message"this file does not have a programe associated with it for performing this action. create an association in the set association control panel" can you please tell where to find what I'm looking for. thanking you regards sandy



  2. #2
    Rick Rogers Guest

    Default Re: set association control panel

    Hi,

    Associations are found in the control panel/default programs dialog. Use
    "set program access and computer defaults".

    What type of attachment is it? You need to have a program on your system
    that supports the file type in order to open it.

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com

    "sandra smith" wrote in message news:20088133352angelsmith@activ8.net.au...
    > when trying to open an attachment in my emails the message"this file does
    > not have a programe associated with it for performing this action. create
    > an association in the set association control panel" can you please tell
    > where to find what I'm looking for. thanking you regards sandy



  3. #3
    Ken Blake, MVP Guest

    Default Re: set association control panel

    On Wed, 13 Aug 2008 00:35:01 -0700, sandra smith wrote:

    > when trying to open an attachment in my emails
    > the message"this file does not have a programe
    > associated with it for performing this action.
    > create an association in the set association
    > control panel" can you please tell where to find
    > what I'm looking for. thanking you regards sandy




    That message is a very poor and misleading one. Almost invariably,
    when you get that message, it simply means that you don't have
    installed an appropriate program to run that particular kind of file.

    The reason the misleading message is displayed is that when you
    install a program, the installation creates something called an
    "association" between the program and the extension (the last three
    characters of the file name, after the dot) or extensions that the
    program is designed to handle.

    So, for example, if you install Microsoft Excel, an association will
    be created between Excel and the extension .xls. The result is that if
    you try to open an .xls file, Windows will look at that association
    and know that it should use Excel to open it.

    If it can't find an association for .xls files, it's either because
    Excel or some compatible program hasn't been installed, or the
    association has somehow become lost or damaged. So it displays the
    message it does, assuming that the association is missing, although
    it's far more likely that you just don't have the right program
    installed.

    So, almost certainly, you simply don't have the right program
    installed to view the file you received. For more specific help, tell
    us what the extension of the file is.

    By the way, I'll add my customary warning about opening such
    attachments:

    Opening such attachments is very risky. You often see advice not to
    open attachments from people you don't know. I think that that's one
    of the most dangerous pieces of advice you see around, because it
    implies that it's safe to do the opposite--open attachments from
    friends and relatives. But many viruses spread by sending themselves
    to everyone in the infected party's address book, so attachments
    received from friends are perhaps the *most* risky to open.

    Even if the attachment legitimately comes from a friend, it can
    contain a virus. I'm not suggesting that a friend is likely to send
    you a virus on purpose, but if the friend is infected without
    realizing it, any attachment he sends you is likely to also be
    infected.

    Personally I never open attachments at all, except from a *very* few
    trusted sources, and then only when I'm expecting them.

    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
    Please Reply to the Newsgroup

  4. #4
    Grem Guest

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    "Ken Blake, MVP" wrote:

    > On Wed, 13 Aug 2008 00:35:01 -0700, sandra smith wrote:
    >
    > > when trying to open an attachment in my emails
    > > the message"this file does not have a programe
    > > associated with it for performing this action.
    > > create an association in the set association
    > > control panel" can you please tell where to find
    > > what I'm looking for. thanking you regards sandy

    >
    >
    >
    > That message is a very poor and misleading one. Almost invariably,
    > when you get that message, it simply means that you don't have
    > installed an appropriate program to run that particular kind of file.
    >
    > The reason the misleading message is displayed is that when you
    > install a program, the installation creates something called an
    > "association" between the program and the extension (the last three
    > characters of the file name, after the dot) or extensions that the
    > program is designed to handle.
    >
    > So, for example, if you install Microsoft Excel, an association will
    > be created between Excel and the extension .xls. The result is that if
    > you try to open an .xls file, Windows will look at that association
    > and know that it should use Excel to open it.
    >
    > If it can't find an association for .xls files, it's either because
    > Excel or some compatible program hasn't been installed, or the
    > association has somehow become lost or damaged. So it displays the
    > message it does, assuming that the association is missing, although
    > it's far more likely that you just don't have the right program
    > installed.
    >
    > So, almost certainly, you simply don't have the right program
    > installed to view the file you received. For more specific help, tell
    > us what the extension of the file is.
    >
    > By the way, I'll add my customary warning about opening such
    > attachments:
    >
    > Opening such attachments is very risky. You often see advice not to
    > open attachments from people you don't know. I think that that's one
    > of the most dangerous pieces of advice you see around, because it
    > implies that it's safe to do the opposite--open attachments from
    > friends and relatives. But many viruses spread by sending themselves
    > to everyone in the infected party's address book, so attachments
    > received from friends are perhaps the *most* risky to open.
    >
    > Even if the attachment legitimately comes from a friend, it can
    > contain a virus. I'm not suggesting that a friend is likely to send
    > you a virus on purpose, but if the friend is infected without
    > realizing it, any attachment he sends you is likely to also be
    > infected.
    >
    > Personally I never open attachments at all, except from a *very* few
    > trusted sources, and then only when I'm expecting them.
    >
    > --
    > Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
    > Please Reply to the Newsgroup
    >


  5. #5
    Grem Guest

    Default Re: set association control panel



    "Ken Blake, MVP" wrote:

    > On Wed, 13 Aug 2008 00:35:01 -0700, sandra smith wrote:
    >
    > > when trying to open an attachment in my emails
    > > the message"this file does not have a programe
    > > associated with it for performing this action.
    > > create an association in the set association
    > > control panel" can you please tell where to find
    > > what I'm looking for. thanking you regards sandy

    >
    >
    >
    > That message is a very poor and misleading one. Almost invariably,
    > when you get that message, it simply means that you don't have
    > installed an appropriate program to run that particular kind of file.
    >
    > The reason the misleading message is displayed is that when you
    > install a program, the installation creates something called an
    > "association" between the program and the extension (the last three
    > characters of the file name, after the dot) or extensions that the
    > program is designed to handle.
    >
    > So, for example, if you install Microsoft Excel, an association will
    > be created between Excel and the extension .xls. The result is that if
    > you try to open an .xls file, Windows will look at that association
    > and know that it should use Excel to open it.
    >
    > If it can't find an association for .xls files, it's either because
    > Excel or some compatible program hasn't been installed, or the
    > association has somehow become lost or damaged. So it displays the
    > message it does, assuming that the association is missing, although
    > it's far more likely that you just don't have the right program
    > installed.
    >
    > So, almost certainly, you simply don't have the right program
    > installed to view the file you received. For more specific help, tell
    > us what the extension of the file is.
    >
    > By the way, I'll add my customary warning about opening such
    > attachments:
    >
    > Opening such attachments is very risky. You often see advice not to
    > open attachments from people you don't know. I think that that's one
    > of the most dangerous pieces of advice you see around, because it
    > implies that it's safe to do the opposite--open attachments from
    > friends and relatives. But many viruses spread by sending themselves
    > to everyone in the infected party's address book, so attachments
    > received from friends are perhaps the *most* risky to open.
    >
    > Even if the attachment legitimately comes from a friend, it can
    > contain a virus. I'm not suggesting that a friend is likely to send
    > you a virus on purpose, but if the friend is infected without
    > realizing it, any attachment he sends you is likely to also be
    > infected.
    >
    > Personally I never open attachments at all, except from a *very* few
    > trusted sources, and then only when I'm expecting them.
    >
    > --
    > Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
    > Please Reply to the Newsgroup
    > When I plug my card in I get the message:


    "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this
    action. create an association in set association control panel".

    The auto-play box no longer appears. In the error message box there is no
    clue as to what the file is, therefore when you go to the 'set association
    control panel' there is no reference to F:/.

    I've downloaded thousands of images previously via the Windows Live photo
    Gallery in Auto-play and as the other poster noted, this error seems only to
    have occurred after a Windows update.


  6. #6
    virgoanfairy Guest

    Default Re: set association control panel

    I have the same message coming up for exe files as wwell as everything else.
    I dont have run as admin or open with options on my right mouse clik menu
    anymore. I wish i knew what to do - been looking all over the internet for 2
    days now.i have the net and luckily my emails ok , have deleted about 50% of
    my data but still happens help meee!! aaaah

    "Grem" wrote:

    >
    >
    > "Ken Blake, MVP" wrote:
    >
    > > On Wed, 13 Aug 2008 00:35:01 -0700, sandra smith wrote:
    > >
    > > > when trying to open an attachment in my emails
    > > > the message"this file does not have a programe
    > > > associated with it for performing this action.
    > > > create an association in the set association
    > > > control panel" can you please tell where to find
    > > > what I'm looking for. thanking you regards sandy

    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > That message is a very poor and misleading one. Almost invariably,
    > > when you get that message, it simply means that you don't have
    > > installed an appropriate program to run that particular kind of file.
    > >
    > > The reason the misleading message is displayed is that when you
    > > install a program, the installation creates something called an
    > > "association" between the program and the extension (the last three
    > > characters of the file name, after the dot) or extensions that the
    > > program is designed to handle.
    > >
    > > So, for example, if you install Microsoft Excel, an association will
    > > be created between Excel and the extension .xls. The result is that if
    > > you try to open an .xls file, Windows will look at that association
    > > and know that it should use Excel to open it.
    > >
    > > If it can't find an association for .xls files, it's either because
    > > Excel or some compatible program hasn't been installed, or the
    > > association has somehow become lost or damaged. So it displays the
    > > message it does, assuming that the association is missing, although
    > > it's far more likely that you just don't have the right program
    > > installed.
    > >
    > > So, almost certainly, you simply don't have the right program
    > > installed to view the file you received. For more specific help, tell
    > > us what the extension of the file is.
    > >
    > > By the way, I'll add my customary warning about opening such
    > > attachments:
    > >
    > > Opening such attachments is very risky. You often see advice not to
    > > open attachments from people you don't know. I think that that's one
    > > of the most dangerous pieces of advice you see around, because it
    > > implies that it's safe to do the opposite--open attachments from
    > > friends and relatives. But many viruses spread by sending themselves
    > > to everyone in the infected party's address book, so attachments
    > > received from friends are perhaps the *most* risky to open.
    > >
    > > Even if the attachment legitimately comes from a friend, it can
    > > contain a virus. I'm not suggesting that a friend is likely to send
    > > you a virus on purpose, but if the friend is infected without
    > > realizing it, any attachment he sends you is likely to also be
    > > infected.
    > >
    > > Personally I never open attachments at all, except from a *very* few
    > > trusted sources, and then only when I'm expecting them.
    > >
    > > --
    > > Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
    > > Please Reply to the Newsgroup
    > > When I plug my card in I get the message:

    >
    > "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this
    > action. create an association in set association control panel".
    >
    > The auto-play box no longer appears. In the error message box there is no
    > clue as to what the file is, therefore when you go to the 'set association
    > control panel' there is no reference to F:/.
    >
    > I've downloaded thousands of images previously via the Windows Live photo
    > Gallery in Auto-play and as the other poster noted, this error seems only to
    > have occurred after a Windows update.
    >


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    virgoanfairy Guest

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    Hi i didnt get very far with this im afraid. Start, run, type regedit and i
    get the dreaded boxed message:- this file does not have a programe
    > > associated with it for performing this action.
    > > create an association in the set association
    > > control panel"

    wits end springs to mind please continue helping me!!

    "Ramesh MVP" wrote:

    >
    > I hope ... it may helps you
    >
    > 'it’s my Windows Blog Archive How to restore default file
    > association in Windows Vista' (http://tinyurl.com/68k8t7)
    >
    >
    > --
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    >
    > RAMESH KUMAR
    > Microsoft MVP: 'My MVP Profile'
    > (https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Ramesh.Kumar)
    > My Blog: 'It's My Windows' (http://itsmywindows.com)
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    > View this thread: http://winvistaclub.com/forum/showthread.php?t=18954
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    >


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    virgoanfairy Guest

    Default Re: set association control panel

    hi ramesh am still having probs, cant run regedit as i receive the same
    annoying message : "this file does not have a programe
    > > associated with it for performing this action.
    > > create an association in the set association
    > > control panel"


    "Ramesh MVP" wrote:

    >
    > I hope ... it may helps you
    >
    > 'it’s my Windows Blog Archive How to restore default file
    > association in Windows Vista' (http://tinyurl.com/68k8t7)
    >
    >
    > --
    > Ramesh MVP
    >
    > RAMESH KUMAR
    > Microsoft MVP: 'My MVP Profile'
    > (https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Ramesh.Kumar)
    > My Blog: 'It's My Windows' (http://itsmywindows.com)
    > ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > Ramesh MVP's Profile: http://winvistaclub.com/forum/member.php?userid=17
    > View this thread: http://winvistaclub.com/forum/showthread.php?t=18954
    >
    >


  10. #10
    Gary S. Terhune Guest

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    After reading this thread, I'm prompted to suggest that some virus is the
    cause. Sounds as if the association for the EXE filetype has been messed
    with, and that's a sign of at least two viruses I can think of. Best it
    people check for malware before attempting fixes.

    http://aumha.org/a/quickfix.htm
    http://aumha.org/secure.htm
    http://aumha.net (Forums, including Security-related forums about half way
    down the page.)
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/
    http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/...moving_Malware

    Used to be if REGEDIT.EXE wouldn't run, you could change the extension to
    COM and it would work. That isn't the case on my Vista system.

    --
    Gary S. Terhune
    MS-MVP Shell/User
    http://grystmill.com

    <sandra smith> wrote in message news:20088133352angelsmith@activ8.net.au...
    > when trying to open an attachment in my emails the message"this file does
    > not have a programe associated with it for performing this action. create
    > an association in the set association control panel" can you please tell
    > where to find what I'm looking for. thanking you regards sandy





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