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4 Messages


164 Points

Sun, Nov 18, 2018 7:29 PM

Photoshop - Registry/File Association Bug in Windows 10/Latest Photoshop Update

This has been happening recently, I'm going to take a guess ever since the most recent windows update?

Every time I open a .psd file, I get a dialogue that says "how do you want to open this file?" and then I open it with photoshop.

So, I tried to go into settings and change the default program for .psd files to Photoshop...which didn't work.

So I went into control panel and tried changing the association there, didn't work either.

Went into explorer, went to a psd file, went into properties. Said "unknown application" for the default program. Tried changing it to Photoshop. Even used the path to the Photoshop 2019 .exe file. Still didn't work.

Opened the command line (as administrator), tried to do this. Got an error.

and then:

Also, something odd I noticed - in properties, the file type is labeled as this? Aftereffects Photoshop File??? Sounds weird.

I know this is going to absurd lengths just to get rid of an annoying dialogue every time I open a psd file, but I just want to solve this underlying problem in case any more issues arise in the future.


546 Messages


12.4K Points

2 years ago

Hi Zoe -  some helpful information.

Microsoft Broke Windows 10’s File Associations With a Botched Update

File associations no longer work properly on Windows 10 after a buggy update. Windows won’t let you select certain applications as your defaults. We tested multiple PCs running the stable version of Windows 10, and they all had this problem.

Update: Microsoft has confirmed this bug exists. Microsoft says it “is working on a resolution and estimates a solution will be available in late November 2018.”

This is a strange bug. It affects some applications, but not others. For example, Windows 10 won’t let you make Adobe Photoshop or Notepad++ a default application for images or text files. But you can make other applications, like IrfanView, VLC, or Google Chrome, your defaults.

4 Messages


164 Points

Ok, thank you so much. I'm glad I'm not the only one experiencing this issue. As of recently it seems like Photoshop is opening, but instead there is a "do you want this app to make changes to your computer" dialogue that opens every time, so I'm hoping they fix that soon as well.

546 Messages


12.4K Points

Me too Zoe! 

3 Messages


144 Points

3 months ago

I started getting this same (at least similar) issue 2 years later (Nov 2020) and searching the issue led me here so I'll post my fix for others stumbling here too.

Every time I would double click on a .psd file it would ask me "How do you want to open this .psd file?" and didn't even list Photoshop nor the "Always use this app" checkbox.


Click windows Start button.

Type "file type" and click on "Choose a default app for each type of file".

-- (Alternately, go into windows Settings > Apps > Default apps > "Choose default apps by file type").

Wait for the list to load, then scroll down to .psd.

Click on the blank box on the right side next to it, and select "Adobe Photoshop 2021".

My guess is something got messed up when adobe replaced photoshop 2020 with photoshop 2021.

If photoshop isn't on the list and you have to browse to it, it's located in:

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop 2021\Photoshop.exe