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Remove the Ability to Modify File Types (Windows 2000/XP)

This setting allows you to remove the ability to change, add or delete file types using explorer the Folder Options interface.

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Open your registry and find or create the key below.

Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called "NoFileAssociate" and set it according to the value data below.

Exit your registry; you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|NoFileAssociateREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
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|HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\...|
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Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
Explorer]
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
Explorer]
Value Name: NoFileAssociate
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = buttons enabled, 1 = buttons disabled)

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: March 25, 2002