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Windows - How to restore file association for .bat files

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So for some silly reason I associated .bat files with a text editor (Notepad++) ... which suddenly resulted in .bat files not executing, but being opened in Notepad++ instead.
This typically would happen when an application would run a little script - in my case: The Windows streamer for Virtual Desktop (Oculus Quest VR).

To restore the file association, copy the following code into a plan text editor, and store it in a .reg file - for example restore.reg.
After saving the file, double click it and confirm that you allow registry changes.
After this, .bat files are registered correctly again.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.bat]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.bat]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\batfile]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\.bat]
@="batfile"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\batfile\shell\open\command]
@="\"%1\" %*"

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