Tuesday, July 31, 2007

How to Change Image Viewer File Associations in Windows Vista

To edit the registry, first back it up, then do the following:

  1. Open your favorite registry editor and navigate to this key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ SystemFileAssociations \ image \ shell \ edit \ command
  2. Doubleclick the entry in the right pane.
  3. In the data value field, type the path to the program you want to use (for example: "c:\Program Files\IrfanView\i_view32.exe" "%1"

You can change the editor for a particular file type this way:

  1. Click Start Run
  3. Click the File Types tab.
  4. Select the file type from the list and click the Advanced button.
  5. Click New.
  6. In the Action box, type Edit
  7. In the Application Used To Perform Action box, type the full path to the application you want to use to edit pictures.
  8. Click OK twice to close the dialog boxes. This sets the default image editor for the selected file type.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

How to restore XP activation status information after a reformat

  • Double-click My Computer, then double-click on the "C" drive.
  • Navigate to the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
  • Locate the files named "wpa.dbl" and "wpa.bak" and copy them to a safe location such as a USB key or CD.
  • Reformat your disk and reinstall Windows XP on your reformatted hard drive, click "No" when asked if you want to activate Windows.
  • Reboot your computer into SafeMode (press F8 as Windows is booting up to see the Windows Advanced Options menu and select SAFEBOOT_OPTION=Minimal)
  • Double-click My Computer, then double-click on the "C" drive again.
    Navigate to the C:\Windows\System32 folder again.
  • Locate the files named "wpa.dbl" and "wpa.bak" (if it exists) and rename them to "wpadbl.new" and "wpabak.new"
  • Copy your original "wpa.dbl" and "wpa.bak" files from your USB key, CD or DVD or other location into the C:\Windows\System32 folder
  • Restart your system.