Adding new programs to Default Programs list

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Tyree, Apr 16, 2007.

  1. Tyree

    Tyree Guest

    I use AutoCAD software daily at work. Autodesk just recently updated AutoCAD
    to work with Vista. Version 2007 worked with Vista, but not well. For one
    thing a .dwg file did not open in AutoCAD by double-clicking it. You also
    couldn't add AutoCAD to the Default Programs list.
    Great thing was, when I installed AutoCAD 2008, that was fixed as well as
    all the other issues that 2007 had with Vista.
    I was on vacation last week and arriving back at work today, I have found
    that AutoCAD is no longer the default for .dwg files. Worse yet, the Default
    Programs window will not allow me to add the acad.exe file to the list of
    applications to choose from. I click Browse, select the acad.exe file, click
    Open, it goes back to the Default Programs window and NOTHING happens. No
    error, nothing.
    WHAT - THE - HECK???

    So, question 1, why did it change the default program?

    Question 2, why can't I add AutoCAD to the list?

    Thanks,
    Matt Tyree
     
    Tyree, Apr 16, 2007
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  2. Tyree

    Tim Feld Guest

    I don't use AutoCAD but I can think of two possible scenarios:

    1) Someone messed with your PC while you were on vacation. If so, try System
    Restore to a time prior to your vacation.

    2) If you are on a network, perhaps the administrators applied a Group
    Policy that made the changes. If so, have a chat with your IT department to
    work out a fix. You could try a System Restore but if it really was a Group
    Policy change it will revert back to the policy settings.

    Tim
     
    Tim Feld, Apr 16, 2007
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  3. Matt,

    No idea how it changed that way. But you can do one of these things:

    1. Re-register Acad.exe to the Open With dialog
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/openwithadd.htm

    2. Remove and reinstall AutoCAD.

    --
    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    I use AutoCAD software daily at work. Autodesk just recently updated AutoCAD
    to work with Vista. Version 2007 worked with Vista, but not well. For one
    thing a .dwg file did not open in AutoCAD by double-clicking it. You also
    couldn't add AutoCAD to the Default Programs list.
    Great thing was, when I installed AutoCAD 2008, that was fixed as well as
    all the other issues that 2007 had with Vista.
    I was on vacation last week and arriving back at work today, I have found
    that AutoCAD is no longer the default for .dwg files. Worse yet, the Default
    Programs window will not allow me to add the acad.exe file to the list of
    applications to choose from. I click Browse, select the acad.exe file, click
    Open, it goes back to the Default Programs window and NOTHING happens. No
    error, nothing.
    WHAT - THE - HECK???

    So, question 1, why did it change the default program?

    Question 2, why can't I add AutoCAD to the list?

    Thanks,
    Matt Tyree
     
    Ramesh, MS-MVP, Apr 20, 2007
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