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Published on 05.26.09 by Brent Trahan

Turn Off Internet File Association Service

Learn how to turn off the Internet File Association service in Windows 7.

Specifies whether to use the Microsoft Web service for finding an application to open a file with an unhandled file association.

When a user opens a file that has an extension that is not associated with any applications on the machine, the user is given the choice to choose a local application or use the Web service to find an application.

If you enable this setting, the link and the dialog for using the Web service to open an unhandled file association are removed.

If you disable or do not configure this setting, the user will be allowed to use the Web service.

Turn Off Internet File Association Service

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, Internet Communication Management, and then select Internet Communication Settings in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Turn off Internet File Association service in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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