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    Default Revit Version

    I know this has been answered sometime before - either here or there - but I can't seem to find the answer now...

    I had just uninstalled an older version of Revit on my computer and now after rebooting when I double click to open a Revit file the computer wants to open Revit 2010 instead of Revit 2011. I tried changing the default program to the Revit.exe that is located in the Revit 2011 folder but that didn't work...

    Any ideas?
    Chad Koscinski | Architect

    #2
    You cant change it. It will always use the last version installed, because theyre all the same "Revit.exe." Its annoying. IT knows to always install RAC last, for that very reason.
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      #3
      I figured it had something to do with all of them being Revit.exe. I thought since 2011 was installed last that it would stick with 2011 as the default... I'm wondering why it reverted back to 2010 as the default...
      Chad Koscinski | Architect

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        #4
        Yes very annoying that you cannot easily reset the default version in the windows settings. The workflow that I use, if you open the version you want to open it in first, you can then double click the RVT file in explorer and it will open in the current open session of Revit.

        I did a little digging into the registry and I would guess there may be some way of switching it there, but I stopped for fear of breaking something! But that would be the only other path I would suggest looking at
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          #5
          That did not work for me. I had 2011 open and when I double clicked on a revit family it would proceed to open start and open it in 2010.
          Chad Koscinski | Architect

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            #6
            Just out of interest, did you try changing the path in the Set Associations section of Windows?

            Not sure about other versions, but for Windows 7

            Control Panel - Programs - Default Programs - Set Associations

            Highlight RVT - select change program button, there will be two (or more - depending on how many version you have loaded) revit.exe. Click on the one which points to 2011 should (?) do the trick, or even select the browse button and direct it to the exact location of the revit.exe 2011.

            This would need to be done with all extensions relating to Revit. RFA, RVT, RTE etc etc

            Cheers,
            Last edited by Ian.Kidston; February 2, 2011, 09:48 PM. Reason: additional info
            Ian Kidston
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              #7
              Is there some problem with opening Revit first, and then opening the file through Revit, rather than navigating through Windows Explorer and double-clicking on the file? Why make it any harder than it has to be?

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                #8
                Yep, did that. And it still didn't take...initially. What happened was, after I had done that when I right-clicked on a file and chose "Open With" there were two exactly alike Revit icons instead of just one. I chose one...and none of the icons for the Revit files in Windows explorer changed...so I repeated the process and chose the other Revit.exe and the icons in Windows explorer changed to the darker 2011 icons. So, problem fixed. But what a weird convoluted way to get there...
                Chad Koscinski | Architect

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by rosskirby View Post
                  Is there some problem with opening Revit first, and then opening the file through Revit, rather than navigating through Windows Explorer and double-clicking on the file? Why make it any harder than it has to be?
                  No, there isn't. And that is what I normally do but there are some instances where I don't have that option:

                  1. I choose to open a file instead of save it when downloading from a web browser. I could save it and open it. But I like to open it, modify if needed and save with a new file name. Or I'm just opening to look at it and don't want to have to worry about deleting it later

                  2. When choosing edit file from KiwiCodes Family Browser add in it behaves like it is being opened through windows explorer and not through Revit itself. This is how I initially discovered that the default Revit version had changed.
                  Chad Koscinski | Architect

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                    #10
                    That is strange, having the Revit session open seems to work for me

                    When I goto control panel "Set Associations" I only have one Revit icon to choose from, and repathing the EXE doesnt seem to make any difference. The last install I made was MEP2011, which is the default program opened if I just double click on a file

                    I am thinking "Set Associations" may be affect by security settings as well
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