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  • I've noticed that some common file extensions are missing from the DefaultPprogram list; .eml and .zip are but two examples. Is there any way to add them to the list- I already have the programs with which to open them!
    Monday, July 27, 2009 6:25 PM

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  • Superbear - 

    1.) What are those programs you've got installed for handling email and ZIP files?

    By default,  Windows 7 doesn't do email. You need an app like Windows Live Mail, or a copy of Outlook or Thunderbird to be installed before you have the correct handlers.

    Zip files should work with ZipFolders - Windows native Zip file handling.

    2.) (assuming these apps are already installed) What happens when you click on a ZIP file? Does it open with the app you installed?
    Monday, July 27, 2009 8:17 PM
  • I'm using WLM to handle e-mail, and I've downloaded 7-Zip for .zip files. Even if Windows 7 does have an inbuilt utility to handle .zip files, surely such files should logically still be shown in the list of protocols together with the WinZip application that unzips them (yes, it does work!)?
    Monday, July 27, 2009 9:37 PM
  • If I understood your original post correctly, you're just looking to reassociate file types right?

    Go to the Start (orb?) and type "make a file type open" and you should get a link to edit your associations.  You can also get to it manually by going,

    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Default Programs\Set Associations
    Monday, August 3, 2009 3:56 AM
  • HensonStu , unfortunately you have not understood my original posting correctly! The problem is that the appropriate file extension is not there, so you can't associate a program with it. I did manage to add the .eml extension to the list, but that only led to a further issue, which you will find on another of my threads. But thanks anyway for trying to assist....
    Monday, August 3, 2009 11:34 AM
  • I remember your last post about the .eml files. It's actually faster to change the default program from the desktop or wherever the file is. Anything that opens with windows explorer as the default program won't be on that list from the control panel. I you right click on  .zip file and select properties it will say opens with explorer. Yoy can select change and choose from what programs may be on that list or browse for another. You may have to expand the list with the little up arrow just underneath to toward the right of where it says other programs. Once you have selected your program it will be added to the list in Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Default Programs.
    Tuesday, August 4, 2009 9:38 PM
  • Silly thing is, I added the .eml file extension to the list, then associated windows Live Mail with it, and it didn't work properly. I uninstalled WLM, re-installed WLM, and it still didn't work. This morning, I switched on, and it now works perfectly. Damned if I know....
    Thursday, August 6, 2009 11:59 AM
  • Something I discovered is when I select a messege from WLM and drag it to the desktop when I try to open it there is no file association.
    I examined it and noticed the extension of the file was ._eml instead of .eml so I renamed it without the underscore and it opened with the reading pane like it should. What I did before was associate that ._eml extension with WLM and that only opens the main program window. This is definately a bug with the program and that slight difference in the file extension that occurs when dragging messeges to the dektop is throwing people way off because it's hard to spot.
    Tuesday, August 25, 2009 7:09 PM
  • Check out Assox – http://sites.google.com/site/assoxhome/

    Designed for “PortableApps” environments where you’re logging into random machines and want to set up your working environment the way you like it. Allows tweaking:
    -File associations (including actions – open vs edit) and filetype icons, descriptions
    -Shortcuts (desktop or custom)
    -Startup options
    -Browser, email and telephony default apps
    -Explorer Right-click options
    -SendTo listing

    on a per-session basis, and then putting everything back the way it was at the end of the session.

    Overkill for the OP, but I’ve just discovered it and am VERY excited. . .

    Sunday, September 6, 2009 1:34 AM
  • Came up with a fix for windows live mail not opening messeges in the reading pane.

    Friday, September 18, 2009 11:55 AM
  • I had a similar problem.  I could not figure out how to get Windows to add .zip to the list, however I did find that 7zip will do this for you.  Just load the 7zip file manager and choose Tools->Options, then make sure you are on the System tab.  It will list all the compression extensions.  Choose what you want and that should do the trick.
    Tuesday, February 9, 2010 6:14 PM