Fix “This File doesn’t have a program associated with it” Error Windows

The type of data contained in a file is identified by its extension. When you download any file from internet, Windows automatically associates application suitable to run the file. If Windows doesn’t have application to run a specific file, it will generate an error:

“This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel.”

This error might be fixed by installing appropriate application for your selected file. If error appears due to some other reason, you would be required to tweak Registry settings.

For the convenience of users, the registry file for making necessary changes to the LNK file, is available from here. You must save the .reg file to the desktop. Don’t allow antivirus to delete it if it recognizes the registry file as potential threat.

Right-click on the registry file and click on “Merge”. Now, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and Ok when prompted. When you are done, you may remove the registry file from the desktop.

This strategy should solve your problem and the error message “This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel.” will not be displayed while running file of any type in your Windows.

 

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