Fix My Computer Manage Context Menu Error “This File Does Not Have a Program Associated” in Windows 7/Vista

When you right-click the Computer icon and click Manage, the following error message appears and Computer Management window doesn’t appear.

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 happens if the IsShortcut registry value is deleted, in an attempt to hide the shortcut arrow overlay. This is one of the many side-effects caused by the removal of IsShortcut registry value. To resolve the problem, download and apply the .lnk file association fix from the following link:

File Association Fixes for Windows 7

File association fixes for Windows Vista

This restores the IsShortcut String value in the following registry key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile

Editor’s Note: For a proper way to remove the shortcut arrow in Windows Vista and Windows 7, see article How to remove or modify the Shortcut overlay in Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

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3 thoughts on “Fix My Computer Manage Context Menu Error “This File Does Not Have a Program Associated” in Windows 7/Vista”

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I spent a total of 16.5 hours trying to fix a problem where all my .exe (applications, programs) were associated only with Windows Media Center. I couldn”t even open “System Recovery” apps, etc. Finally, at the last minute before giving up in defeat, I decided to search for more answers online, and stumbled upon your blog. Your solution (these registry fixes for EXE, etc.) are INVALUABLE. You saved my professional and love life, because I now have a working computer again! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I realize I sound blissed out and over-emotional, but lemme tell you — it’s hell working 16.5 hours straight to fix what should be a simple issue (file associations). My burned out brain and weary, sleepless body thank you too!

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