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I would like to associate a text reader to extentionless files in Windows 8. On Windows 7, the steps to make that happen are described here: How to associate extensionless files in Windows 7? However, I have not made these steps work on Windows 8 successfully.

I would greatly appreciate if someone could show me how to do that.

What I have tried (that didn't work) :

  • I have added a "." key in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, and associated default to my application, namely sublime_text. The value I put is "C:\Program Files (x86)\Sublime Text 2.0.1 x64\sublime_text.exe".

  • I also tried putting assoc .="No Extension" ftype "No Extension" = "C:\Program Files (x86)\Sublime Text 2.0.1 x64\sublime_text.exe" "%1" in an admin shell, still to no success.

  • [**See edit further down] I also tried http://defaultprogramseditor.com/, which successfully changed the icon of extentionless files with the icon edition part, but which had no effect on the actual opening of files.

  • Finallly, I tried Windows 8's Default program editor. In the association menu, having created a value in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, I could see an entry for the "." format, but when I tried to modify the value associated to that entry, the thing that's supposed to happen, namely, the popping of the association menu, did not happen. In fact, nothing happend.

Edit: As mentioned in my own answer, http://defaultprogramseditor.com/ ended up working. You just really need to click "Set selected command as default" before saving your association. Thanks to Andrej. Link to his comment.

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Could you describe what you've already done and/or what exactly isn't working? –  Nicholas Cole May 26 '13 at 23:14
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Added what I tried to the question's body. –  Julius May 26 '13 at 23:27
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Turns out Andrej's comment in the original question did the trick : Link to Andrej's comment.

With http://defaultprogramseditor.com/, you really need to click on "Set selected command as default" before saving, or the association will not work.

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