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30th December 2002

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#1 9 years ago

I setup a new (admin) User account for my girlfriend on my PC and I can't seem to get any file associations to stick. For instance, .mp3 and .avi; everytime I click a file with those extensions, it tells me windows doesn't know what to open the file with and I have to manually select an app for it. FWIW, these two particular file types show the WMP Icon in folder lists, yet that isn't the default app to open them either, nothing is, it's as if Windows has never heard of these "exotic" file types. I'm trying to get them associated with Winamp and Media Player Classic respectively.

Using Explorer>Tools>Folder Options>File Types has no permanent effect, and oddly enough, those file types above aren't even in the list, I had to click "New" and add them to even have them listed. "Advanced" does nothing for me either.

What's odd to me is I have a User account on the same PC/OS which works just fine, all associations are OK.

The OS is Windows XP Pro SP3, all latest updates.

Any ideas what I'm missing here?


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#2 9 years ago

[COLOR=black]You could try manually associating file types on the command line:[/COLOR] [COLOR=darkred]Run cmd, then type ‘assoc .ext’ without the quotes (.ext being the file extension in question) and hit enter. [/COLOR] [COLOR=darkred]It should then display the .ext full name. [/COLOR] [COLOR=darkred]Then type ‘ftype .ext full name=”path to executable”‘ (again, without "") and hit enter. [/COLOR] [COLOR=darkred]You then may need to type ‘assoc .ext=full name’ again to finish the process (and hit enter).[/COLOR] [COLOR=black]This method of course, doesn't help figure out what the problem is and takes a lot of effort, but if it works, at least you have something to fall back on.[/COLOR]