I receive many pictures as attachments in Outlook Express - also Word documents. They have always opened in the correct programme - i.e Photoshop Elements or Word. From yesterday none of them will open like that. Neither can I save them. I have sculled around the Net and followed many suggestions to cure the problem but nothing has worked. I hasve run Spybot, Ewido and CCleaner to no effect. I have used System Restore. I have subsequently cleared out old restore points and uninstalled programmes because, at one point, I was told there was not enough disk space to save the documents. This was patently rubbish. I have a large HD with plenty of free space.
In the registry the correct lines exist to open Jpg in Elements.
What format are the Photos, As it may be that it as lost it's file attachment to open them. If so look in Windows Explorer for one of the same files double click it to what opens it, if it's changed right click the file while holding the shit key then choose open with scroll through the programs to find the program that opens them tick the box to always use this program
woodchip the format of all the photos is jpg. I have done what you suggest amd still they will not open. The same has happened to a 'dot file which should open in Word but does not - although the associated programme is Word!