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Disable using Web service to check for unknown file types.

If you open an unknown file type, Windows will prompt to use the Web service to find the associated application. This setting enables you evade the step and go directly to the programs list.

Tweak for : Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista
If an unknown file type is opened, Windows starts Web Service dialog to find the associated application. This setting enables the user to go directly to the program list.

The web service picks up the information about file name extensions, file types and the applications to use with them and provide the user the ability to open a file. The operating system has the ability to open the file type with the associated application or component.

For this, go to Start > Run menu, enter “regedit” and navigate to the registry path listed below. You can create a DWORD value "NoInternetOpenWith" at each registry path i.e. HKEY_CURRENT_USER and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, if this value does not exists.

Now, right-click and modify the value data to “1” which can disable using Web service. However, if you want to show the message back, change the value to “0” or delete the value.

The changes take effect after a restart or logoff.

NOTE:
The value data on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE key will always have precedence over HKEY_CURRENT_USER key value.

Disable Web Services for unknown file types.reg

The '.reg' file can disable Web services for unknown file types.

Enable Web Services for unknown file types (Default).reg

The '.reg' file can enable the default Web service for unknown file types.

Apply registry settings according below given steps of screenshots with related changes.

‘Open With’ dialog box is called on opening the unknown file extensions.

Web Service dialog box is enabled by default with unknown file extension.

First, click the 'Start' button, and select 'Run'. In the resulting dialog box, type "regedit".

Go to [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion Policies\Explorer\],right-click in the open area to create a DWORD Value with the name "NoInternetOpenWith" in "Explorer" key.

Next, right-click on "NoInternetOpenWith" and click on 'Modify'.

Finally, enter the value "1" (Base Hexadecimal) in the text box and click on 'OK'. Once you are done, follow the above steps to create similar registry keys and DWORD value at [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\].

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