Media file types - can't reassign except one-by-one, manually.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Music, Pictures and Video' started by abuck, Jul 28, 2007.

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    abuck Guest

    I have spent the better part of an hour trying to reassign several file types
    to my 3rd party media player programs, and so far the only solution I have
    found is to manually reassign each file type by hand, which would take a
    ridiculous amount of time. Windows Media Player 11 does not seem to be
    uninstallable, furthering this issue. I am extremely tired of having to deal
    with this horrible media player and the URGE media purchasing service that I
    also can't seem to remove. I request that a solution be made available for
    removing WMP 11's monopolistic death grip from my system, other than
    reassigning all of the file types manually and still having Windows Media
    Player and URGE show up annoyingly at random occasions. I have tried
    reassigning these file types with the separate programs that I intended to
    use, but it fails completely as there seems to be something in the background
    refusing to let these file types be reassigned automatically. I have also
    tried using Default Programs, but this seemingly has no effect except for
    removal of shortcuts in the start menu, which I could have done faster by
    hand. Normally, I would have let Windows Media Player reside on my system,
    but it has caused such a headache that I never wish to see this particular
    program again, so an uninstall facility would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you for reading.
    abuck, Jul 28, 2007
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    P. Di Stolfo Guest


    with RealPlayer, QuickTime and VLC Media player, I've always found a window
    in setup that let me choose which extensions should be linked to these
    Such a feature should normally be integrated into the programs.

    P. Di Stolfo
    P. Di Stolfo, Jul 28, 2007
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    abuck Guest

    I tried reassigning them with two different 3rd party programs, but both
    failed. The other file types they tried to assign to themselves worked fine,
    though; it would appear that something is keeping the other programs from
    properly assigning the file types.
    abuck, Jul 28, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    Try running the program that you are using to change default associations
    for a certain media type, in its options dialog, by right-clicking its
    shortcut, and choosing Run as Administrator. Do they "stick" after that?
    dean-dean, Jul 28, 2007
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    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    Which exact application are you trying to use? It sounds like they aren't
    Vista-compatible. This really isn't too hard for them to fix.

    WMP-Vista generally leaves file associations to the system to control. Note
    WMP doesn't even have a File Types menu anymore. I want YOU to be in
    control of your associations. The sole problem here from the description
    you've given is that your other application a) isn't Vista-compatible
    (LUA/UAC will block file association code from running in the method you
    seem to indicate) and b) isn't registered for Vista's default programs.

    So: what application are you trying to use here? It's actually really easy
    to register for Vista's Default Programs. If you can either have the owners
    of that application add this, contact me, or me contact them, I think that'd
    get you what you want.

    I've got a basic template somewhere, but it won't work without knowing the
    specifics of their application registration. It would likely take them less
    than an hour to fix this, and that means that not only you but everyone else
    would enjoy that other application that much more. =)

    zachd [MSFT], Aug 3, 2007
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