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Windows 7: Change default media player, icons on media files not changed

28 Nov 2012   #1
eyo

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Change default media player, icons on media files not changed

I have VLC Portable as the default program for opening some video files, like .mp4 and .avi. And I have Foobar (portable) as the default program for .mp3.

Usually the icons on .mp4, .avi, .mp3 files get updated with the icons of the assigned media players.
But on this PC it's not working. They're still the same icons as if WMP was the default player.

Does it have to do with the Standard user account? (Because on other PCs I run from an Admin account and I don't have such problems.)


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28 Nov 2012   #2
eyo

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Update: Tried on the Admin account on that PC, still the same.

Do I have to remove WMP to make it work? (I would remove it, but I need WMC, so I can't.)
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28 Nov 2012   #3
indianacarnie

 

Have you rebooted after you made the changes? Have you tried actually using anything to see if it defaults to your specified player?
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28 Nov 2012   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Something wrong with the associations. Btw, WMP cannot be removed unless you slipstream the system.
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28 Nov 2012   #5
eyo

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
Have you rebooted after you made the changes? Have you tried actually using anything to see if it defaults to your specified player?
Yes, I tried rebooting.
And yes, the files do open with my specified players. It's only the icon that is the problem.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Something wrong with the associations. Btw, WMP cannot be removed unless you slipstream the system.
I meant removed in "Turn Windows features on or off". On other systems I've done just that and I don't have this problem, so it seems like it could be the solution (but as I said, I can't do that on this system).


Also, on files which don't have WMP as the default program (.flac or .mkv) there is no problem. With those I see the icon of the specified program.
The problem is only with file extensions which open with WMP by default.
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29 Nov 2012   #6
eyo

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Update:

I tried on another Windows installation inside Virtualbox and I saw the same problem.

So I disabled WMP/WMC and I was able to get the proper VLC icon (for .mp4 files).

But as soon as I re-enabled WMP/WMC, the icon changed back, even tho VLC was still the default program for opening those files.


So it seems it's a Windows bug.
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