Must Stop applications from changing file associations!

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  1. SoftwareEng

    SoftwareEng Senior member

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    I just realized how easy it is for things to go bad in Windows. I am deploying a PC for someone (Windows 7 Home Premium), and just about any application, including the user himself, can change/break file associations.

    Is there a program to permanently lock down file associations? E.g. I don't want anything to steal my mp3/winamp and html/notepad associations.

    If not a utility, Is there a registry key I can make read-only? This can't be that freaking' hard! Thanks.
     
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    #2 corkyg, Apr 5, 2012
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  4. SoftwareEng

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    Hey Corkyg, thanks for that tip... However, I don't want to use Deepfreeze because I know I'll forget to disable it once or twice after applying important changes, and it will blow them away. I was looking for a program to watch for and restore any changes to file associations.
     
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    I'm sure you could do it by setting permissions on the appropriate keys, under HKCR IIRC, but it's not just a single key so you'll have to do some reading on how Windows handles file type associations.
     
  6. SoftwareEng

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    Cool, I can see how that would work. One could even write a program to unlock those keys (i.e. set appropriate permissions) before installing an app that's allowed to make a change, and then locking them again.

    I'm adding this to my potential apps-to-write list :)

    Thanks!!
     
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