Delete a file association

  450223 08:10 13 Nov 11

I have managed to create two file accociations within 'Recommended Programs' window. Please, how do I delete the one I do not want?

  johndrew 10:29 13 Nov 11

You don't say which OS you are using.

However, there are two options provided here and the Vista one should work for W7 as well.

If you have problems come back with more details.

  450223 11:06 20 Nov 11

To johndrew, Sorry for the time it has taken to report back. I tried assoc .* Unfortunatly it did'nt work. I am running Windows 7 home premium 32bit. Do you please have another suggestion, that might resolve this. Many thanks

  Graphicool1 15:44 20 Nov 11

How to remove 'File Associations' in 'Recommended Programs' popup.

Click 'Start' bottom left corner and in the 'Search Box' type...


Click the 'Windows Registry Editor' icon in the search results area.

Click the registry folder labeled...


...Navigate through each of the registry sub folders, ie click on...


Followed by...




Current Version


And finally...


Scroll through the list of sub folders named after each type of file extension, such as...

.bmp or .html

Open only, the folder for the specific program you want to remove from the recommended programs list.

Right click the entry for the program's name, which will be located at the right side of the window.

To remove that program - Click...


(For example delete the "WinZip" entry from the ".zip" folder if you want to prevent the "WinZip" program from appearing in the recommended programs list).

Close the registry editor and restart Windows Operating System.

Source: HERE

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