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  • There are several things I attempt to do on my computer that will present me with the message "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action.  Create an association in the Set Associations Control Panel."  This comes up even when I click on the "Windows Upate" in the windows control panel.  I can not finish loading my software for my wireless networking because it gets to a point where this message comes up.  It happens on numerous applications.  I have read about this on other forums but they address specific cases, in my case it is not an isolated incident, it happens to frequently.  It limits my computer useage significantly.  The computer has not been able to automatically run updates because of this issue.  I run Windows Vista Home Premium.  It is not an upgrade, it was loaded on the computer when we purchased it approximately 18 months ago.  I was finally able to woirk around the issue and get service pack one and two loaded on the computer in just the last couple days.  Any ideas?
    Sunday, December 6, 2009 8:56 PM


  • After checking the issue, it seems this is a general Windows Vista issue. As this forum focuses on Windows SteadyState specific issues, this inquiry would best be posted to Windows Vista forum:


    The reason why we recommend posting appropriately is you will get the most qualified pool of respondents, and other partners who read the forums regularly can either share their knowledge or learn from your interaction with us.  Thank you for your understanding.

    Also, for your information, I'd like to include the following articlec regarding the issue:

    Error Message: "File Does Not Have a Program Associated with It"

    This issue may also occur if the computer has been infected by virus/malware, you can visit the following link and perform a scan:


    Hope this helps!

    Sean Zhu - MSFT
    • Marked as answer by Sean Zhu - Monday, December 14, 2009 4:09 AM
    Tuesday, December 8, 2009 8:22 AM