Did you ever have the problem that you wanted to change the file association of a certain file type but were not able to ? The normal way of right-clicking the filetype, clicking on Properties, then on the Change button next to the Opens With entry and browsing to the executable did not work for me because the executable was not added as the default software
It also did not work to double-click the entry to use this way to change the file association for the file type. My problem occurred after moving an application to another drive. Loading the file from within that application worked fine which was good to know. I tried searching the Internet
for an solution
but was not able to find one.
I then decided to solve the problem on my own. Here is how I repaired the broken file association and added the right executable as the default software for this application. Everything that needs to be done can be done with the command line
and two commands.
Open the Windows
command line and type the follwing ‘Assoc .ext’ replacing .ext with the file extension in question. It should display something like ‘.ext=name’.
Remember that and type ‘ftype name=”path to executable”‘. You might need to write ‘assoc .ext=name’ again to finish the process.
This way the file extension will again be associated with the correct executable. Below is a screenshot
of how I changed the broken file association using the command line.