PS CC 15 - Windows File Association Impossible

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Since installing PS CC 15, PhotoShop has disappeared from the "Open With" context-sensitive menu in Windows 7, and cannot be added as an option - it does not appear in the list of commonly used programs, and cannot be added to this list. I found a thread where a similar problem was reported two years ago but the suggested solution, disabling OnOne plugins, was irrelevant to my setup. Please advise. This is a crippling issue for my workflow.
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Chuck Steenburgh

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Adam Jerugim, Employee

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I just did a quick check on two different Win 7 systems and can associate PS CC 2015 with any supported file type (PSD, TIF, JPEG, etc.). I'm not seeing it in the default list, but I can pick it from the "other" list. I'm wondering why it isn't working like that on your system?

Do you have any asset management apps running (like Dropbox) or other programs that might affect PS's ability to associate with certain file types?
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Chuck Steenburgh

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I've had DropBox running for years...along with CC 14, CS6, CS5, etc...never had this issue.
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David Converse

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Check some other threads here and in the Adobe Forums. It is an installer bug, where entries pointing to old versions of Photoshop are left in the registry.

If you fix the registry so all entries point to the installed version of Photoshop, the problem goes away.
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Sankar Sury

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if you mess with your registry you will destroy the profile and have to create a new one on your machine. same thing happened to me last year and at the instructions of an Adobe Tech i cleaned the registry. Then the program stopped working. Another Tech said that other tech should never have instructed to clear the registry. So the incompetence goes very deep at Adobe.

it was fixed with the new 2015 then they broke it again with an update 2 days later.

Good job Adobe. Good Job.