Last updated on December 4th, 2017
On a Windows 7, 8 or 10 based computer the following error may appear whenever you try to launch Windows Explorer from its Task Bar shortcut or by typing "explorer.exe" into the Run command box: "Explorer.exe: 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 tutorial contains instructions to resolve "Explorer.exe This File does not have a Program Associated with it" error in Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista.
How to solve: "This File does not have a Program Associated with it" when launching Explorer.Exe
To fix the "Explorer.exe This File does not have a Program Associated with it" problem when you try to open Windows Explorer, you have to download and merge into the registry, the corresponding folder association REG FIX file. To do that:
Step 1. Download the Folder Association REG FIX according to your OS.
- Folder Association FIX for Windows 10. (Source)
- Folder Association FIX for Windows 8. (Source)
- Folder Association FIX for Windows 7. (Source)
- Folder Association FIX for Windows Vista. (Source)
Step 2. Create A Restore Point.
IMPORTANT: For preventive purposes, always create a restore point before modifying the registry. If after registry modification, something goes wrong then restore your system to this restore point.
To create a restore point:
a. Type: Create a restore point at the search box and then click on the result.
b. Then click the Create button, to immediately create a restore point.
Step 3. Merge the REG File to your Registry.
Finally, right click on the downloaded REG file and select Merge.
That's it! Let me know if this guide has helped you by leaving your comment about your experience. Please like and share this guide to help others.