File associations - can't modify in non-Admin accounts


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Alberto

I just restored my eMachines XP Home computer to its original settings
(scrubbed and restored). I created 4 profiles for the family, and recreated
from scratch the 4 Outlook Express accounts. When I tried to open a picture
in any of the non-Admin accounts, I get the "file not associated with an
application" error. When I tried to alter the association in Windows
Explorer, the ability to change is grayed out. When I switch to the Admin
profile, I can change the association, but it isn't globally deployed. If I
change one of the other profiles to Admin type, then the file association
works and I can open pictures.
Thanks in advance for help.
 
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Alberto

Just to be clear - I am trying to open a picture attachment in an email while
using Outlook Express in a user profile that is non-Admin.
 
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Pegasus \(MVP\)

Alberto said:
I just restored my eMachines XP Home computer to its original settings
(scrubbed and restored). I created 4 profiles for the family, and
recreated
from scratch the 4 Outlook Express accounts. When I tried to open a
picture
in any of the non-Admin accounts, I get the "file not associated with an
application" error. When I tried to alter the association in Windows
Explorer, the ability to change is grayed out. When I switch to the Admin
profile, I can change the association, but it isn't globally deployed. If
I
change one of the other profiles to Admin type, then the file association
works and I can open pictures.
Thanks in advance for help.

The installation program for your picture viewer should have taken care of
this issue. If it did not then you may have to promote your ordinary users
to "Power User" so that they can do it themselves.
 
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Alberto

With XP Home, there is no Power User, that is usually for XP Pro. Anyway, as
I aid, if I allow the other users to become administrators, then the
associations are saved and they can open attached pictures. As soon as I
convert them back to Limited Users, they lose the ability ro open them, and
they do not have access to change the associations.

Hopefully I don't have to un-install OE and reinstall, thereby having to
import the address book again, etc.

Thanks anyway.
 

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