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AR# 62350

Install - Is there a way to restore Windows file associations without running a complete install


Is it possible to set the tool preferences and file association after Vivado has been installed?

  • By default this is enabled, but if I un-checked the box and then decide to associate it after installation, how can I do this?
  • The file associations are set to the last version of Vivado installed.  Can I associate the files with a previously version?


With Vivado 2014.1 or later a user can use the following steps.

1.  Launch the network-setup installer C:\Xilinx\.xinstall\Vivado_2014.1\networkShortcutSetup.exe

2.  In the product selection tree, unselect all of the checked installation options. (Leaving them selected will not cause any issues but is unnecessary)

3.  In the destination panel unselect the program group shortcut creation (Create program group entries), but keep the desktop shortcuts and the Create file associations.

4.  Complete the installation process.


Your file associations will be restored to 2014.1.

File associations can also be set using the Windows "Choose Default Program" option.

AR# 62350
Date 10/07/2014
Status Active
Type General Article
  • Vivado Design Suite