The same thing happened on my Windows system. Did you have any plugins installed in After Effects? I did, so the old version of AE was uninstalled except for the plugins directory.
Anyway, depending on where you have Creative Cloud setup to install applications, you should be able to manually choose a program from your computer to link After Effects up to .aep files. After Effects should be installed somewhere like this (drive letter may be different):
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CC 2015.3\Support Files\AfterFX.exe
I seem to get similar problems to these often after upgrading Adobe software. I'm really not sure who is to blame (Microsoft or Adobe) for these issues, though.
Thank you TeeKayCC, I do have plugins, they appear to be functioning. The update left my old version installed but now unless I open an aep from inside the updated AE the file will open in the old program. My aep file association is set to AE CS4 now and I have browsed to the Support files\AfterFX.exe but when I select it, nothing happens. Can't associate it. The others in my department do not have any old version on their machines so in the file association panel, .aep is not even listed as an extension.
Same issue no mather is it Windows 10 or Windows 7. It seems as always Adobe have to broke samething that was working fine through previous CC versions. I desn't have this problem on previous updates.
It is becoming a sad tradition that after updates I have to uninstall it and download again previous versions, becouse the first releases of new Adobe software are so full of this kind bugs. Little, but very uncomfortable bugs.
You are absolutely right Piotr Tomasz. I did a chat with an Adobe rep, told him that the After Effects update broke the program. He tried a few things and then said "there is no one who can help you". I couldn't believe it.
Ha, I found another bug. When importing composition from After Effects to Premiere its cut final seconds of audio track. Just for no reason in any comp. Of course, there was no rpoblem with taht in previous versions.
I just can't balive how someone could release such software.
It is frustrating when first you have to do after update is to uninstall and instal previous versions.
I found another one also. The Media Encoder no longer functions. I need to render WMV and can't do it.
It is very frustrating.
Same problem here. I manually associate the project file. Icon remains funny but at least it works. Happens also with Premiere cc.
Any fix in the way?
If you're able to link up the software yourself, but just the icons are incorrect (this is what happened to me), you can download a third party program to correct the icons.
In the past, Windows included a way to edit filetype associations and choose icons and stuff, but I think they removed it after XP.
The one I used is called FileTypesMan v1.82 - File Types Manager for Windows by 2016 Nir Sofer. Once you get it running, find the extension you want to edit (example .aep), double-click to edit, click the ellipsis beside Default Icon and navigate to the exe (C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CC 2015.3\Support Files\AfterFX.exe), and then you should be able to pick from all the icons After Effects has to offer.
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No fix that I know of. My chat with Adobe provided no solution at all, although someone else in my department was told by Adobe to rename the AE exe file to AE2015 and that helped but there is still no way to render out of Media Encoder.
After renaming the exe in Program Files I was able to use After Effects again, and the icon did return to normal after a day or 2.
The problem remains rendering with Media Encoder. Seems I can still render AVI, so I don't have to use AME but someone else in the dept can't render AVI either.
Awesome d.g !! A very rare actual fix of an Adobe problem, found on the forum.
Hey, works with AE CC 2017 as well.
Thanks for the tip!
I had the same problem with the association of the aep with afterfx.exe and I think I got it.
Here's what I did.
1. Chage your user account type to administrator.
2. Uninstall and delete aftereffects folder from program files
4. Go to Control Panel>Default Programs and associate aep with AfterFX.exe
5. Change your user type back to standart.
I logged in as an admin and everything worked. I think it's an issue with the User Account settings.
I tried to associate png filetype with photoshop and I couldn't
Hope it helps.