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"Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" checkbox are grayed out in Windows 2003

Support for Windows Server 2003 ended on July 14, 2015

Microsoft ended support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

Author:
Yuval Sinay MVP
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SYMPTOMS
When you try to mark the checkbox "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" in Windows 2003 Terminal Server, you may find out that this option is unavailable.
CAUSE
The reason for this is to ensure that unintentionally changes using the user interface affects the server running as Terminal Server or one of its users.
RESOLUTION
1. Go to "Start" -> "Run".
 
2. Write "Regedit" and press on "Enter" button.
 
3. Navigate to:
 
        HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer
 
4. In the right side of the screen double click on "NoFileAssociate".
 
5.  Change the value of  "NoFileAssociate" from 1 to 0.
 
6. Close "Regedit".
 
7. Reboot the server.
MORE INFORMATION
Windows 2003 Terminal Services

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Article ID: 555076 - Last Review: 03/20/2004 13:14:00 - Revision: 1.0

Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems

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