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2009

How to disable “Use the Web service to find the correct program” feature in Windows Vista

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windows 7Upon opening a file with an unknown extension, Windows Vista returns with a pop-up window inviting you to search the proper program to open it  by using the Web service or directly from a list of programs installed in your operating system. If you don’t need this nagging window because, for example, you already know what program to use to open the file, here is a nice hack which will let you skip the whole procedure just to show you a “Open With” window.

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Search box, type regedit and press Enter.
  3. Locate the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer.
  4. In the right-pane, click the NoInternetOpenWith subkey and give it value 1.
  5. Reboot your computer for the change to take effetc.

If the Explorer key is not found, you will have to create it  as follows:

  1. Right-click Policies and, from the menu, select New – Key and name it Explorer.
  2. Now right-click on the Explorer key you just created and from the menu click New – 32-bit DWORD and name it NoInternetOpenWith.
  3. Now proceed from point number 4.



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