Configure the file association for unknown file types

Windows XP introduced a new features for configuring the file association for unknown file types. When trying to open a file which Windows doesn't recognize, then it will present you with two options:
  • Use the Web service to find the appropriate program
  • Select the program from a list
The Web service redirects one to ex. http://shell.windows.com/fileassoc/0409/xml/redir.asp?Ext=rar, which presents different options for opening the file. One might get annoyed by this extra dialog, and it is possible to disable it.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Software \Microsoft \Windows \CurrentVersion \Explorer]
InternetOpenWith = 0

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \Software \Microsoft \Windows \CurrentVersion \Policies \System]
NoInternetOpenWith = 1

More Info MS Technet: File Association Web Service

Credits windowsxp.mvps.org

Updated: 20 March 2009

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