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I'm using Win 7. A few days ago I downloaded an update for Faststone Viewer via what looks like a useful site for such things, Ninite.com. Now, whenever I open a file in Explorer it opens in Firestone Viewer, which of course is useless for anything other than graphic files. Right-clicking the file/programme shows Browse with Firestone at the top in bold, followed by Open and then Open in new window in normal font. Doing that then opens the file correctly (ie not in Firestone). I am unable to remove Browse with Firestone from that index.

 

I have tried system Restore, which failed with a message saying it might be due to an antivirus programme (which it isn't because I disabled it). I have uninstalled and reinstalled Firestone Viewer and looked through File Associations on both that and on Windows, but can't find a solution. Nor can I find reference to the problem on Google.

 

By using right-click and open I can access the programme or folder I want, but it's an irritating extra step. Does anyone have any suggestion on how to fix the problem, which sounds perhaps like a Registry corruption.

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I stopped reading after your first sentence.

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56 minutes ago, Bangkok Barry said:

I have uninstalled and reinstalled Firestone Viewer...

You reinstalled it?

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1 hour ago, Bangkok Barry said:

I downloaded an update for Faststone Viewer via what looks like a useful site for such things, Ninite.com

Don't be duped by sites selling apps that will automate your program updating. Get updates from the source, not third-party websites.

 

I would look at your installed programs list and see if there was anything else installed on the date/time you did this FastStone update.

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1 minute ago, NanLaew said:

You reinstalled it?

 

Yes, to see if I had solved the problem by uninstalling it. It previously worked fine, before the update. I've also searched for an alternative as good, without success.

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8 minutes ago, NanLaew said:

Don't be duped by sites selling apps that will automate your program updating. get updates from the source, not third-party websites.

 

Good advice, but this site came recommended by a highly regarded IT blogger and technician. Maybe I should contact him about my problem 🙂

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22 minutes ago, Crossy said:

Try restoring to the default file associations

 

https://www.wintips.org/how-to-change-restore-default-file-associations-in-windows/

 

 

I'd tried that and I've had a look at that link but it doesn't really address how to open Explorer or anything in it, only individual programmes. Strangely, Faststone doesn't even show up n listed programmes. Items open in Faststone by default with no apparent way to prevent it. A right click doesn't produce an 'Open with' dialogue, which would be the obvious way to set the programme defaults, but that option isn't there.

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I've deleted Faststone for good - or at least until I change to a new laptop in the near future, and found what looks to be a decent alternative called XnView, which I'm going to tinker with. It doesn't try to open all my folders in a photo viewer!

 

Anyway, any further suggestions will still be welcome.

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There are other programs like

 

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/file-association-fixer-for-windows-7-vista-released

 

And if you search for  windows 7 file associations registry fix  you will find much more. 

 

Perhaps you have a backup and you can restore this. At this occasion - it is always a good idea to keep the system partition as small as possible and to store software (if possible) and data on different partitions. I have more than 10 Terabyte on my computer. I have backups for everything but it takes very long to restore everything. But my system partition is small and restored from backups in a couple of minutes. 

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Is it an add-on?


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12 minutes ago, Bangkok Barry said:

I've deleted Faststone for good - or at least until I change to a new laptop in the near future, and found what looks to be a decent alternative called XnView, which I'm going to tinker with. It doesn't try to open all my folders in a photo viewer!

 

Anyway, any further suggestions will still be welcome.

There are many good options to show pictures. I use IrfanView a lot. Here more

 

https://techwiser.com/best-photo-viewer-for-windows-10/

 

I would download software only from the developer directly if possible and I always check the downloaded files for viruses before I install anything. If I am not sure I even run it in a virtual space first. I also always use unistallers (that remove all changes as far as possible) and of course I have my backups. 

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