How to remove wrong entry in "open with" context menu?


R

ricky

While configuring the context menu "Open With" for a zip file, I input
a wrong application for opening the zip file by default.

Instead of clicking on "winzip64.exe" I clicked on "wzwipe32.exe".

Now, how do I get rid of the wrong input?

Please help if you know how. Thank you.
 
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Big Steel

While configuring the context menu "Open With" for a zip file, I input
a wrong application for opening the zip file by default.

Instead of clicking on "winzip64.exe" I clicked on "wzwipe32.exe".

Now, how do I get rid of the wrong input?

Please help if you know how. Thank you.
Control Panel/Default Programs is where you would make the change.
 
K

Ken Blake

Control Panel/Default Programs is where you would make the change.


That's one way to do it. But a faster easier way for most people is to
right-click any zip file, click Open With, click Choose Default
Program, browse to WinZip, check the box Always use ... and click OK.
 
R

ricky

That's one way to do it. But a faster easier way for most people is to
right-click any zip file, click Open With, click Choose Default
Program, browse to WinZip, check the box Always use ... and click OK.
Both your methods work. Thank you. The only problem is that when I
right click on "Open With", the "wzwipe32.exe" is still there as a
recommended program.

Maybe I wasn't clear enough in my original post. What I'd like to do
is remove "wzwipe32.exe" from the context menu.
 
B

Big Steel

Both your methods work. Thank you. The only problem is that when I
right click on "Open With", the "wzwipe32.exe" is still there as a
recommended program.

Maybe I wasn't clear enough in my original post. What I'd like to do
is remove "wzwipe32.exe" from the context menu.
You might have to go to the registry and do it, which I wouldn't
recommend. If the file is opening with the program you want, then you
should just leave things alone.
 
E

Ed Cryer

Both your methods work. Thank you. The only problem is that when I
right click on "Open With", the "wzwipe32.exe" is still there as a
recommended program.

Maybe I wasn't clear enough in my original post. What I'd like to do
is remove "wzwipe32.exe" from the context menu.
If you've uninstalled wzwipe32.exe and it's still in the context menu,
then it's been left there erroneously; and we can guide you further into
editing it out.

But if it's still installed, then you should leave it there; not as the
default, but as one that's available should you ever want to use it.

Ed
 
J

Jeff Layman

While configuring the context menu "Open With" for a zip file, I input
a wrong application for opening the zip file by default.

Instead of clicking on "winzip64.exe" I clicked on "wzwipe32.exe".

Now, how do I get rid of the wrong input?

Please help if you know how. Thank you.
You might be able to remove the association with Nir Sofer's FileTypes
Manager:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/file_types_manager.html

There is a 32 and 64 bit version available
 
D

Dave \Crash\ Dummy

Jeff said:
You might be able to remove the association with Nir Sofer's
FileTypes Manager:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/file_types_manager.html

There is a 32 and 64 bit version available
I thought about that when studying this problem. I don't have the OP's
program installed, but I do have 7-Zip installed. It is on the .zip "Open
with" submenu and is listed as an option for default program selection, but
"Open with" is not shown for .zip in File Types Manager, and I can't
find it in the registry.
 
J

Jeff Layman

I thought about that when studying this problem. I don't have the OP's
program installed, but I do have 7-Zip installed. It is on the .zip "Open
with" submenu and is listed as an option for default program selection, but
"Open with" is not shown for .zip in File Types Manager, and I can't
find it in the registry.
I also have 7-Zip, but haven't set it up to open *.zip - I still use
Explorer.exe for that (it says that in FTM. The command line entry is
%SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /idlist,%I,%L. Is yours the same?).

I do use the *.zip right-click menu entries for 7-Zip to open the
archive to see what is in it, read any "readme" file, and sometimes to
"Extract here" (which is the Desktop, but only if the *.zip archive has
4 files or less in it).
 
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Dave \Crash\ Dummy

Jeff said:
I also have 7-Zip, but haven't set it up to open *.zip - I still use
Explorer.exe for that (it says that in FTM. The command line entry
is %SystemRoot%\Explorer.exe /idlist,%I,%L. Is yours the same?).
I also use Explorer, and yes, my code is the same.
I do use the *.zip right-click menu entries for 7-Zip to open the
archive to see what is in it, read any "readme" file, and sometimes
to "Extract here" (which is the Desktop, but only if the *.zip
archive has 4 files or less in it).
I usually just use Explorer, but I can and have used 7-Zip on occasion.
As I mentioned, it is in the "Open with" submenu.

But getting back to the original question, I don't know how to remove it.
 
J

Jeff Layman

I also use Explorer, and yes, my code is the same.


I usually just use Explorer, but I can and have used 7-Zip on occasion.
As I mentioned, it is in the "Open with" submenu.

But getting back to the original question, I don't know how to remove it.
I don't know if this is of any use, but it's from "Windows 7 Inside Out":

"You want to remove a program from the Recommended Programs section of
the Open With dialog box:

The contents of the Recommended Programs list are determined in part by
the registry key
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\filetype \OpenWithList
(where filetype is the extension of the file type in question) . So, for
example, in the case shown in Figure 5-16*, the …\ .bmp\OpenWithList key
includes several values, one of which is Notepad .exe . Deleting the
unwanted item in the OpenWithList key removes it from the Recommended
Programs list . (Some items in the Recommended Programs and Open With
lists appear as the result of values within the HCR\ filetype key and
its subkeys . However, accidental additions to the lists, as described
in the preceding section, are always made in the HKCU hive)."

*This is the box which appears with the "Open with" program list in it
and the "Other programs" beneath it.

HTH.
 
S

Stan Brown

While configuring the context menu "Open With" for a zip file, I input
a wrong application for opening the zip file by default.

Instead of clicking on "winzip64.exe" I clicked on "wzwipe32.exe".

Now, how do I get rid of the wrong input?

Please help if you know how. Thank you.
In general:
SHIFT-right-click on a item of that type, select "Open With" »
"Choose default program".

In this particular case:
Run Winzip, choose Options » Configuration » System.
(My Winzip may be older than yours, so the menu may not be exactly
the same, but I'll bet dollars to donuts there's still an option to
let you reassociate Winzip with archives.)
 
K

Ken Blake

In general:
SHIFT-right-click on a item of that type, select "Open With" »
"Choose default program".


Didn't I say this yesterday? <g>

Except I didn't say SHIFT right-click. That's because holding down the
Shift key, which was necessary in older versions of Windows, is not
necessary in Windows 7.
 
S

Stan Brown

Didn't I say this yesterday? <g>
You may have done, but I didn't see it. Did you also suggest just
running Winzip to let it repair the associations?
Except I didn't say SHIFT right-click. That's because holding down the
Shift key, which was necessary in older versions of Windows, is not
necessary in Windows 7.
By Jove, you're right! So many useful things in Win 7 require Shift-
right-click that I've got out of the habit of doing a plain right-
click.
 
K

Ken Blake

You may have done, but I didn't see it.

OK, no big deal. I've sometimes done the same thing myself.


Did you also suggest just
running Winzip to let it repair the associations?

Nope.



By Jove, you're right! So many useful things in Win 7 require Shift-
right-click that I've got out of the habit of doing a plain right-
click.


Understood.
 
J

joseph98

In general:
SHIFT-right-click on a item of that type, select "Open With" »
"Choose default program".

In this particular case:
Run Winzip, choose Options » Configuration » System.
(My Winzip may be older than yours, so the menu may not be exactly
the same, but I'll bet dollars to donuts there's still an option to
let you reassociate Winzip with archives.
Thank you. Problem is now solved. I'd like to thank the others who
have also contributed to this thread.
 
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On Wed, 13 Jun 2012 07:52:16 -0700, Ken Blake <(e-mail address removed)>
wrote:

Both your methods work. Thank you. The only problem is that when I
right click on "Open With", the "wzwipe32.exe" is still there as a
recommended program.

Maybe I wasn't clear enough in my original post. What I'd like to do
is remove "wzwipe32.exe" from the context menu.
Before proceeding, I would suggest making a Restore Point in System Restore. After creating the restore point:

You could go to the Start menu and type in:
regedit​
And when the Registry Editor comes up, go to its edit menu and use the Find command to search for:
wzwipe32.exe​
Use Find again from the Edit menu or use the F3 function key on the keyboard to advance through and find each instance of a key named or a key contents containing "wzwipe.exe."

If you come up with a list of key contents in the right panel, that is a list of all the contents of your Open With menu that you want to change, you should export the key as a backup first and then you could delete the reference to wzwipe32.exe. And if that did not immediately affect your Open With menu, then you can restore the backup and look some more.

I would strongly recommend that you export the key and save it to a backup first before making any changes. Second, if in doubt make a note of the registry key that you are looking at and make no changes until you have sought more expert advice.

Opening the Regedit and performing a Find or Find Next search and doing nothing else should do no harm to the Registry (it says here in fine print.)

But caution reigns supreme when dealing with the Registry. This is why I suggested the system restore point and the backups.
 

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