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Viki Scheldrup
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OK - I am so new to Java that I don't even know the proper question to ask or the forum to ask it in! I have Windows Vista Home Premium on my computer. I WAS using a little program called ObitFiler but it has quit working. Now all I get is a window that shows a rar file with a bunch of jar files in it. I'm fairly sure a windows update screwed me over - but have no idea which one and no restore points prior to problem. I can send a screenshot of the Window if you want. I just want my program to work again! I don't know Java programing and am not real interested in learning at this point in time (maybe later). Could someone tell me where to go to ask my question - or anwer it here? I am aware I sound kind of ignorant - I am about this. Please bear with me. Has anyone else had this problem? I did a search but nothing came up.
 
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I did some web searching and I found quite a few references to the ObitFiler program. Apparently the Java version is the new version, from what I could see. But what I didn't see was any place to download it from or any place to ask questions about it. There's no www.obitfiler.com domain or anything like that, either. So even though there are quite a few users out there, the product looks pretty dead.

My initial thought was to reinstall the product -- provided you still have the installer lying around somewhere, that is. That might reset whatever it was that the Windows update broke, if indeed that's the problem. But that's the best I could come up with.
 
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Knowing nothing about the problem, my guess is this:
1) The application you used to run was packaged as an executable JAR
2) You installed a new archive application
3) The new archive application decided it should be used to open JAR files
4) The Windows update was probably something unrelated that happened

You need to re-associate JAR files with the Java runtime. You can do this using Windows, but I can't give instructrutions for Win Vista - no reference compuer to work from, but in Windows 7, if you type 'File association' in the Start menu's search box you will get a control panel to set the default program file associations. If you can't find it then try re-running a Java installation.
 
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Hi STEVE!
You're brilliant!!! Your reply jogged my brain a little and I considered file associations - went and sure enough - jar had been assigned to WinRar!!! Thanks so much for your speedy reply - you and Paul absolutely ROCK! I will be back to these forums periodically - and may give Java programming a try - I found some how to's on web - probably have more questions later but this one is SOLVED!!! There were a couple replies beneath yours but I wasn't sure if they were aimed at me or not? Thanks to all!
 
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