Skip "Use the Web service to find the correct program"

Recently I’ve been opening up files that don’t have a program assigned to their file extension. Each time I try to open these files, Windows prompts me with a dialog asking me is I want to “Use the Web service to find the correct program” - no thank you, Windows.

So, I did a quick search and found this nice little registry edit:

1. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer
  1. Create a new 32-bit DWORD value on the right-hand side with the following values:
  • Name: NoInternetOpenWith
  • Value: 1

This causes Windows to never open that useless prompt ever again. Thanks, HowToGeek.com.