WinXP - Cannot create a file association

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  1. Muse

    Muse Lifer

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    This is the weirdest. Never had this problem before. I've used the application for years, installed it today in my new WinXP install. This is a utility that came with my Samsung V3 Digimax digicam called Digimax Viewer. The executable is:

    <drive>\Program Files\Samsung Digimax Viewer 2.0\STImgBrowser.exe

    The program is installed, the installation placed a shortcut on my desktop, it opens from there OK. I want it to be my default program for opening JPG files. I right click a JPG file and go Open With, check the box that says "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file." I navigate to the executable, and go Open, but it doesn't open the executable, doesn't change the file association.

    The STImgBrowser.exe application has a companion program which is opened by clicking a button. That program has editing characteristics, e.g. cropping, enhancing brightness/contrast, red eye, etc. That program is available for association, but the viewing program, STImgBrowser.exe is not. I have uninstalled both the programs and reinstalled several times in accordance with the instructions presented by the installation program, including reboots. I don't know what to try next. The workaround is to open the image viewing program and navigate to a file via the File menu, but I'd like to just be able to double click a JPG and have it opened by the program, like it used to do. Please make a suggestion, thank you. :|
     
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  2. postmortemIA

    postmortemIA Diamond Member

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    that program must have interface by accepting argument of <name of file>:
    executable <name of file>
    and that program simply does not.
     
  3. Iron Woode

    Iron Woode Lifer

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    did you try using the file association function under Folder Options?

    start button -> control panel -> Folder Options -> click File Types tab

    try the file associations there.
     
  4. Muse

    Muse Lifer

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    Yes, that doesn't work either. Right now the associated file is the sister utility the image editing program and I want to use the image viewing program as the default launching application. No matter how I try I can't change it. I think it may be a fouled up registry setting. The reason I'm thinking this is this:


    I'm going to search for the name of the image editing program and see if I can tweak a registry setting. Thing is, an uninstall/reinstall is not fixing the program. I never had this problem before, I've done the installation quite a few times.


    If I change the default program to Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, it changes. If I then go to change it to the STIimagebrowser.exe application it changes the default program to the editing program, "Photosuite III Executable". IOW, I point it to one program but it chooses the sister program instead. I have to think it's a registry setting that went bad. It may be because I didn't install initially from the CD but from a copy of the CD I have on a HD. I guess the installation process it was supposed to go through went awry. I'll search the registry for "Photosuite"

    :confused:
     
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  5. Muse

    Muse Lifer

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    If I do an Open With and choose the STIimagebrowser.exe application instead of it opening I'm returned to the Open With dialog offering 1/2 dozen programs or Browse. It's bewildering. I saw nothing in the registry when I searched on "Photosuite"... probably over 200 hits, but nothing that seemed out of line. :confused:
     
  6. Muse

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    No, it used to be my default JPG launch program. In fact when the install goes correctly it becomes the default program.
     
  7. Iron Woode

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    is another program taking over that file association?

    perhaps its a permissions issue?
     
  8. postmortemIA

    postmortemIA Diamond Member

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    why not remove file type from folder options, and start over?
     
  9. Muse

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    How do you mean? Every file extension is in the folder options. I tried changing it between different applications for .jpg, it works fine except for the one application I want to use.

    Can I remove the .jpg extension and then add it back? :confused:
     
  10. postmortemIA

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    Yes, that is what is "remove" button for.