I was setting up a new virtual machine (for playing with Windows Server 2003 R2 as it happens, but that's for another day) this morning and getting frustrated when you double-click files which have no application associated with them. On most machines, I add notepad for the list of options to "Send" a file to. Then you can right-click a file in Windows Explorer, select "Send To" and then "Notepad".
To quickly set this up:
- Open Windows Explorer
- Navigate to Documents and SettingsUserNameSendTo
- Right-Click and select "New Shortcut"
- Notepad.exe as the program
- Notepad as the name