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Repair image file type associations in Windows XP

Published: Dec 28, 2004
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Utility to fix image file associations

Installing a third-party image editor or viewer applications may sometimes hijack the image file associations. In such circumstances, you could use this utility to repair the file associations (following image file types) to Windows XP defaults.

BMP  DIB  EMF  GIF  JFIF  JPG  JPE  JPEG  PNG  TIF  TIFF  WMF

Usage

Download imgeditor.zip (~21K) and look at section Miscellaneous - Restore the image file associations to defaults. Select the appropriate file type for which you want to repair the association, and click Repair associations. This utility is intended for Windows XP systems only.

If you get the error the following message when attempting to repair the association setting for a particular file type, then make sure that:

  • You're running this utility under administrator account or equivalent
  • Verify and if necessary, fix the registry permissions. See the Blog entry here

-2147024891 Invalid root in registry key > <registry key>

Requirements

  • Windows XP
  • To be run from Administrator (or equivalent) user account.

Contact

You may send your Feedback, Question, and Bug reports, via the feedback form here.

If you liked the utility and if you wish to contribute, you may use the Donations page. Even smaller sum can help.

Note - Another section of this utility can also set the default image editor application for all or selected file types in Windows XP. Read more about it here: Change the default image editor application, invoked from Windows Picture and Fax Viewer