This is the opening of a fairytale software engineers tell to amuse children: “Once upon a time in San Jose, there was this software company that has historically focused upon the creation of bloated software…”
Adobe, oh, bloated Adobe… They came up with the idea of a programming language for the description of image processing algorithms. Codenamed Hydra, the final product was given a spiffy name: Adobe Pixel Bender; and the IDE for scripting with the Pixel Bender was called Adobe Pixel Bender Toolkit. Recognizable with its PBK extension, Pixel Bender Kernel File is one of the file types associated with Adobe Pixel Bender Toolkit.
They are so arrogant they haven’t bothered to check Windows to see whether PBK extension has been previously registered to some other software. Originally called Dial-Up Phonebook, PBK extension belongs to Remote Access Phonebook, a Windows’ own application. PBK files were primitively designed to store RAS connection configurations in INI file format, but they’re in a wider use today to store VPN connections as well. So, if you have a VPN subscription, or you’re simply required to connect to a VPN, then odds are you’re diverted to Adobe Pixel Bender!
Adobe’s software bloat strikes again. If you install Adobe software packed with Pixel Bender—that includes Adobe Photoshop CS5—you’re going to lose PBK’s original file type association to rasphone.exe.
Back in Windows XP days, PBK files were originally stored in
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk, which is not mandatory for today’s Windows 7’s (or Windows Vista’s)
After installing Adobe Pixel Bender (Toolkit) on Windows XP, even if you go to the aforementioned folder, you see rasphone file is opened by Adobe Pixel Bender and has the icon of the Adobe program rather than a phone. There’s a similar case with Windows Vista / Windows 7, meaning PBK files, stored regardless of folder position or hierarchy, have their icons changed and are opened by Adobe Pixel Bender rather than “Network Connections.”
Searching for a solution to the problem across the Internet, I was convinced no one has fixed the problem with PBK file type association so far. So, comparing Windows Registry keys on a corrupted Windows and an undamaged Windows, I came up with the idea of a fix, or as I prefer, a “patch.”
Registry keys harmed by Adobe Pixel Bender are as follows:
Chortkeh Windows Registry Fix for PBK File Type Association
If you feel sympathy for Ivan Goncharov’s Oblomov, don’t worry, because I also prepared a command-line script to do the job effortlessly.
Please note the patch will restart the system without further confirmation. Therefore, save any unsaved work and close any opened applications before proceeding with the repair. Also please note because as part of the process, the current user’s Registry Hive needs to be modified, do NOT run as administrator.
- Download Chortkeh Windows Registry Fix for PBK File Type Association