Windows XP File Association Web Service

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Via Darrell Norton comes one of the best tips ever:

When you open a filetype that is unregistered on your system, you get presented with a time-wasting dialog about if you would like to use a web service to find the appropriate program, or select the program from a list. This tip involves bypassing that dialog and going straight to the Choose Program dialog.

Option 1: Using the Registry Editor, navigate to HKCU (or HKLM, if you want to make it machine wide)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer. In the right panel, set REG_DWORD InternetOpenWith to 0, creating it if it doesnt exist.

Option 2: Using the Registry Editor, navigate to HKCU (or HKLM, if you want to make it machine wide)\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System. In the right panel, create a REG_DWORD value named NoInternetOpenWith and set its data to 1.