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Fix Open with “Choose another app” Error Program Not Associated

When you right-click a file, and select Open with… in a Windows 10/11 computer, the following error may 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.

Or if the Open with… menu expands and you click the Choose another app option in the submenu, the same error may be seen.

This happens if the following registry key, its subkeys, or some of its values are missing:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown

To fix the problem, download openwith-fix.zip, unzip and run the enclosed REG file openwith-fix.reg.

Note: This REG file is to be used in Windows 10 and Windows 11 systems only. For Windows XP, Vista, and 7 versions of this fix, check out this page.

Here are the contents of the REG file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown]
"AlwaysShowExt"=""
"TypeOverlay"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\DefaultIcon]
@=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,00,68,00,\
65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,30,00,00,00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell]
@="openas"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell\InvokeDefaultVerbInOtherProcess]
"ProgrammaticAccessOnly"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell\InvokeDefaultVerbInOtherProcess\command]
"DelegateExecute"="{e44e9428-bdbc-4987-a099-40dc8fd255e7}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell\Open]
"MultiSelectModel"="Single"
"ProgrammaticAccessOnly"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell\Open\command]
@=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,4f,00,70,00,\
65,00,6e,00,57,00,69,00,74,00,68,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,20,00,22,00,25,\
00,31,00,22,00,00,00
"DelegateExecute"="{e44e9428-bdbc-4987-a099-40dc8fd255e7}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell\openas]
"MultiSelectModel"="Single"
@=hex(2):40,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,\
00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,00,\
68,00,65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,2d,00,35,\
00,33,00,37,00,36,00,00,00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell\openas\command]
@=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,4f,00,70,00,\
65,00,6e,00,57,00,69,00,74,00,68,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,20,00,22,00,25,\
00,31,00,22,00,00,00
"DelegateExecute"="{e44e9428-bdbc-4987-a099-40dc8fd255e7}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell\OpenWithSetDefaultOn]
"MultiSelectModel"="Single"
"ProgrammaticAccessOnly"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Unknown\shell\OpenWithSetDefaultOn\command]
@=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,4f,00,70,00,\
65,00,6e,00,57,00,69,00,74,00,68,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,20,00,2d,00,6f,\
00,76,00,65,00,72,00,72,00,69,00,64,00,65,00,20,00,22,00,25,00,31,00,22,00,\
00,00
"DelegateExecute"="{e44e9428-bdbc-4987-a099-40dc8fd255e7}"

(Last tested on Windows 10 v21H2 and Windows 11 v21H2.)

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