If you're not mildly techie, do not read on, only heed the warning not to install Nero Essentials!
Just a very quick blog; I spent most of the weekend and part of last night trying to revive my file associations. Let me explain; I have a lovely new quiet PC - after having mistakenly thought that a water-cooled PC would be quiet (it's like having a swimming pool pump next to your ear), I decided that I would go for quiet. And it is; it also came with Nero Essentials pre-installed. Now I used Nero some 5 versions ago without any problems, but I started noticing some persistent activities in terms of programmes checking stuff and doing stuff in background.
So I de-installed Nero; then did it again, then searched on the web to find that it needs a utility (as a side-note, this is a really well-known problem) . To quote their own blurb "The Nero General CleanTool has removed all selected Nero entries from your computer." Well, actually, no it hasn't - my StartUp inspector shows that there are still four entries in the startup routine that refer to Nero files that are no longer there. So I have to go into the registry and remove the entries manually - a tricky process.
So, after 5 hours of effort I thought 'killed it" - good. And then I noticed that one of my icons had changed; it was a humble Word 2000 file. I double-clicked on it and it then asked me to search for the appropriate application. Word and Office 2007 aren't there!?! What the **** Hmmm. So I check that Office 2007 is still installed - it is. I then see that there are an awful lot of file associations that have disappeared.
Apparently, Nero Essentials, grabs file associations on install unless you tell it not to. And if you install stuff (as I had) afterwards, when it updates itself, it grabs all the file associations, including those you told it not to grab in the first instance. So when you double click on an icon, it goes through Nero first! As the recommended solution appears to be to deinstall and reinstall everything, I am now havering between trying to live with it, doing as it says or a factory settings reboot, a deinstall, nuke Nero Essentials and then start again. Oh, and that means a series of downloads of updates for Windows and Office 2007 that amounts to over a gigabyte on a 0.5 Mbps broadband line. Update: 25/2: Office 2007 Repair recovers the Office associations - now for the rest!
And that brings me onto BT. Spit. They rang me last night offering cheap broadband. They are the clowns who've split my line down to provide capacity for other numbers in the area to the extent that I now have a maximum theoretical line speed of 1Gb, which works out for contention reasons to between 0.5 and 0.8 Mbps. When I raised this with the caller (who I'd already roasted because I'm registered with the TPS; her response that I was one of their customers was squelched by the fact that I'd said on all and every communication not to use telephone) she still persisted on trying to use my time and telephone line to sell me something!
Re, the bandwidth, I've tried Oftel and also lodging a fault report, but nothing works.
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