Check the Advanced part of your file associations. The extension is possibly being clogged up by some generic tool like a text editor or packer. Any file extension can only have so many programs associated. You might in fact need to remove all generic association of that potentially offending program to make this work. Similarly, make sure the AEP extension is not being flagged in some security tool and thus always disabled/ reset for your safety...
Could you elaborate on where I would look and what I would change? It seems like every attempt I make is accepted, but isn't applied.
Latest issue: Now, AfterEffects is giving me a 'Licensing subsoftware has experienced a catastrophic failure'!
What's going on?
Well, looks like you have a more serious issue on your system. Perhaps a virus or really your security running amok? The rest is not really clear. I mean, you know better than me what software you have on your system. Extension overload cannot be fixed by justt adjusting the one file type. you realyl need to verify what tools you have. E.g. if you have a packer tool like WinZip it will have options to provide context menu entries and associate itself with a number of file types in the prefs. Same for Quicktime, TextPad etc. That's what you must investigate. If you wanted to do it the manual way, you will have to literally nuke all existing third-party file associations and rebuild all of them....
UPDATE: I uninstalled AfterFX, and reinstalled it. The license issue
seems to be resolved, and the .psd and .aep icons are restored again....
but ONLY when I'm logged in as an administrator. When I went over to my
regular user account, the icons were still generic, and the file
association still broken... but the license issue on AfterFX is no
Any ideas what to do next?
Okay, I just verified that it's a permission thing. If I put my user
account as an administrator account, everything gets fixed... file
icons, file associations, etc.
That said, what specifically is it that is holding back the Adobe
suite from associating the files properly? What could I alter on the
permissions (or whatever) to get it to work?
I just tried allowing Write actions to the Adobe folders/file, but
that didn't work. I'm going to try Modify next.