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ARM Frequently Asked Questions: General Information



How do I update my program to the latest version?

Updates are available for the current ARM version; see the ARM Updates page for more information.


GDM staff members attend several professional meetings each year. Stop at the GDM display in the sustaining member area to see a demonstration of the latest ARM features.


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Can I change the file type program associations?

Registered File Types

Registered file types allow a file to be opened directly from Windows Explorer, an email message, or a program without first starting the associated program. For example, on most computers the program registered to open a .TXT file is Windows Notepad. It is much easier to double-click on a .TXT file than to select Start - Programs - Accessories - Notepad.


ARM Registered File Types

The ARM setup program registers the following as file types supported by ARM: .PRT, .DAT, .EDE, .EDP, .STC, .FLD. Sometimes another program may share a file type, such as a drawing program that can save files with the same .PRT file extension used by ARM protocols. Unfortunately, the Windows registry can only associate or define a single program to open a specific file type.


Viewing Registered File Types

File types currently registered with Windows may be viewed by opening My Computer located on the Windows desktop. Next select Tools, then Folder Options, then File Types Tab.


Changing File Type Program Associations

To change the program name shown in “Opens with:”, you will need to edit the file type by following the steps listed next:

  • Click on the file type you want to change.
  • Press the Edit button.
  • Next, select Change button to choose the program you want to open this file.
  • Then Press OK

Additional Help

Please consult the Windows Help System for additional information related to this subject.


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Is it safe to download the ARM program and any updates?

Yes. Program installations and updates for all GDM software are built on computers that:
  • Run enterprise virus protection software that is updated daily.
  • Are scanned daily for viruses.
GDM also monitors the safety of the installation links by using VirusTotal, a subsidiary of Google, which analyzes files and URLs enabling the identification of viruses, worms, trojans and other kinds of malicious content detected by antivirus engines and website scanners.