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For as long as I can remember the Windows default "Use the Web service to find the correct program" when opening a file that has not been associated has never done anything but being in the way. All it does is add two extra clicks (Select a program from a list of installed programs -> OK) and I would like to go directly to the "Open with"-dialog but there is no setting in Windows for this, can this be solved?

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Luckily I've found the solution after years of annoyance; there is a setting that can be added to the Windows registry.

Type regedit in run under the start menu, browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer, create a new DWORD value with the name NoInternetOpenWith and value 1.

I can confirm that this works on both XP and Win7.

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A bit auto-gratifying, but largely justified by the value of the information ;) – Gnoupi Jan 16 '10 at 22:59

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