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How to associate a Windows 7 file with a Windows XP Mode application

by Scrvpvlvs
Aug 9, 2011 11:56 AM–If you use Windows 7's Windows XP Mode to run older applications which don't support Windows 7, you might run into this problem. You have installed an older application into Windows XP Mode. You have a file in a Windows 7 folder that should open in the older application, but it doesn't. And, in the Open With dialog box, Windows 7 does not show the older application as an option to open the file.

The solution assumes you have Windows XP Mode's Auto Publish parameter set to the value Enabled. To check or set this parameter, be sure your Windows XP Mode desktop is shut down. Start, Windows Virtual PC. Select Windows XP Mode and click Settings. Check and set the parameter.

Now follow these three steps to associate your file with the older application in Windows 7.

1. Using your Windows XP Mode desktop, associate the filetype with the application.

2. Shutdown your Windows XP Mode desktop.

3. Start your Windows XP Mode desktop.

Now, when you open a file of that type from your Windows 7 desktop, it should open in your older application.


If Windows 7 already has files of that type associated with a Windows 7 application, there is one more step to switch to the older application.

1. Using your Windows 7 desktop, right click any file of that type, click Open With, and click Choose Default Program.

2. In the Open With dialog box, click the Windows XP Mode application, be sure “Always use the selected program” is checked, and click OK.

The file should open in the older application, and all files of that type should automatically open in the older application from now on.

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by Anonymous Anonymous
August 25, 2011 2:59 PM–Very timely topic, clearly described. Question: do you have a suggestion if the Windows XP Mode (published) application does not appear in the host machine's program list when attempting to associate the file-type to it?  

by Blogger Scrvpvlvs
August 25, 2011 3:18 PM–Where you write that the XP application does not appear in the “host machine’s program list”, I assume you refer to the Windows 7 “open with” dialog.

If so, note that you should actually use the Windows XP “open with” dialog to associate the filetype. Then, after you reboot the Windows XP desktop, you can expect to find the filetype associated with the application not only in the Windows XP mode but also (via the auto publish mechanism) in Windows 7.  

by Anonymous LSKarp
October 31, 2011 9:57 AM–I am having a problem trying to associate .WAV files that will play on WM9, but not on WM10. I have VM9 loaded on my XP mode VM and I can see VM9 in my Virtual Mode Apps on the Win7 Start Menu.

I also went to the XP Mode machine and unassociated, then reassociated .WAV to the WM9 program and verified that it opens correctly on the VM.

However, when I go to the Win7 desktop, it does not give me the option to associate with WM9 in the "open with" dialogue.

Any ideas?


by Anonymous Anonymous
March 30, 2012 3:59 PM–I opened the Windows XP Mode VM, associated the file to the old Application. Ensured the Auto Publish was enabled. Restarted the XP Mode VM. When I attempt to associate the file the Windows XP Mode is not in the list anywhere.  

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