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Windows 7: Uninstalled Winamp and I'm still left w/shell extensions! Removal?

13 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Uninstalled Winamp and I'm still left w/shell extensions! Removal?

Hi All! I uninstalled Winamp media player but the problem is I'm left with three Windows explorer shell extensions which appear when I right click on mp3 files. They are: "Play in Winamp", "Enqueue in Winamp" and "Add to Winamp's Bookmark list". How do I remove and delete these? Driving me nuts!!! Thanks!

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13 Dec 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Gums,

You could try the free program ShellExView to see if it may be able to delete or disable these "Context Menu" types.

Hope this helps,
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13 Dec 2011   #3

Win7 64bit Ultimate

Reinstall winamp. Go into the preferences. There is an option that allows you to select which shell extensions are shown on right clicking files and folders. Uncheck them all. Uninstall winamp again.

There may be a better solution to this problem but this will work just fine I think.
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13 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 64 bit

OK, I'll try that. Now I've discovered another problem. For some reason my flac music files say mp3 in Explorer. Each file even has the little mp3 logo next to it. But they're not mp3, they're flac! I had the codec installed (it has a tiny little fish head logo) and now that's gone. Even at the bottom it states MP3 format sound. In the column under 'type' it says mp3 format sound. Trouble is, they're not mp3 and they've never been converted. I've installed and reinstalled the xiph codec and its still there. Tried a system restore and nothing. Any suggestions?

What I'd really like to so is a system restore that would take me back to a specific time about two days ago but I know that isn't possible.
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16 Dec 2011   #5

Win7 64bit Ultimate

Yeah that reminds me of the exact same thing real media player did to me a few years back. I had mp3 files and it changed the file extension to some crap of it's own that was specific to real media. When I removed real it left all my mp3 files crippled. From that point on I have been completely against real media player.

I don't know what would have changed your flac files though. I use winamp and I also have flac files and I can tell you right off this is not something caused by winamp.

I do not use whatever codec it was you mentioned I use the k-lite codec pack because it covers anything and everything in one shot and has never let me down.

I know there is an easy way to correct those file extensions but I have not had to do that so I will let someone else handle it. About all I can do is say what did not cause it since I also use flac and winamp.
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16 Dec 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

Are the files still flac (i.e. can you rename one and then play it)?
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16 Dec 2011   #7

Windows 7 64 bit

Yeah, they were always flac files the entire time. The file extension (.flac) remained the same and nothing was converted in the process. BTW, I use dBpoweramp to convert any flac files to mp3. I can batch convert an entire folder by right clicking on it and selecting the dBpoweramp convert option in the shell extension. Pretty straightforward. Pretty nice to have if I ever want to put any flac files onto a portable player. Anyway, only the logo had changed so it wasn't too traumatic of a change to begin with. I was advised by dsperber to download a zip file called FileTypesMan from here:

FileTypesMan - Alternative to 'File Types' manager of Windows

Here is what my flac files used to look like:


Here's what they look like after using FileTypesMan:


Here's the FileTypesMan application when opened: (It's fairly wide and requires two screenshots.)



Worked great. Had to navigate my way over to the codec install in order to find the correct icon but there it was. Now mp3 files have the Windows mp3 icon and flac files have the codec icon.

You know, I learn a lot about Windows 7 and how my PC works every time I visit Sevenforums. It's amazing, really. Just when you think that's about all one needs to know, you learn a little more. More than you thought you'd ever need to digest in the first place! Will the learning curve ever straighten out and come to an end? I doubt it. It's actually great fun in a weird sort of way. Who knows what I'll have to learn tomorrow or even a year from now? Thanks everyone!

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