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Windows 7: Quicktime overrides my default m4a association with WMP


20 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Quicktime overrides my default m4a association with WMP

I'm running Windows 7 x64.

Prior to QuickTime being installed, .m4a files would open up in WMP when I'm using IE8, which is my preference. Also, outside of IE, for example in Windows Explorer, double-clicking on a .m4a file also opens up WMP, per my association default.

But as soon as I install QuickTime--even though the default for .m4a is still set to WMP--in IE8 the .m4a file is now opening up with QuickTime! Windows Explorer is still fine and it opens up the file with WMP, but only IE is using the wrong default program.

How can I change the default program association for .m4a audio files in IE?

Thanks!


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20 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nuspieds View Post
I'm running Windows 7 x64.

Prior to QuickTime being installed, .m4a files would open up in WMP when I'm using IE8, which is my preference. Also, outside of IE, for example in Windows Explorer, double-clicking on a .m4a file also opens up WMP, per my association default.

But as soon as I install QuickTime--even though the default for .m4a is still set to WMP--in IE8 the .m4a file is now opening up with QuickTime! Windows Explorer is still fine and it opens up the file with WMP, but only IE is using the wrong default program.

How can I change the default program association for .m4a audio files in IE?

Thanks!

IE8
Tools
Internet Options
Programs
Internet Programs
Set Programs
Associate a File type or protocol for a program

Let it load the full data and look for your association you want to change.
Select it by highlighting it and click and select whatever program you want to run it.

That's it!


Hope this helps correct your problem.

Iggy
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20 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Also, look at the Preferences in QT as it may be set to be the default player for that file type and if you change it, per the instructions to associate a file type, the next time you use QT it can reset the association back to QT.
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20 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The associations are fine because, like I said, from Windows explorer, it is not a problem. From Windows Explorer, double-clicking on an .M4A file launches WMP correctly no problem.

QT doesn't have a separate file association preferences. That is, Edit | Preferences | Browse | File Types / MIME Types takes you to the Win 7 Set Associations, just like the IE8 Set Programs button does as well.

And in those associations, WMP is set as the default program. Again, this is not a problem from Windows Explorer. It's only from within IE8.

IE8 is launching the QT plugin, whereas Windows Explorer is launching WMP.
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20 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nuspieds View Post
The associations are fine because, like I said, from Windows explorer, it is not a problem. From Windows Explorer, double-clicking on an .M4A file launches WMP correctly no problem.

QT doesn't have a separate file association preferences. That is, Edit | Preferences | Browse | File Types / MIME Types takes you to the Win 7 Set Associations, just like the IE8 Set Programs button does as well.

And in those associations, WMP is set as the default program. Again, this is not a problem from Windows Explorer. It's only from within IE8.

IE8 is launching the QT plugin, whereas Windows Explorer is launching WMP.
I'm sorry but I'm unable to comprehend what you are asking.
I thought you had a problem with IE8 not having the proper program to start when it sees an .m4a file on a webpage and you click on it.


I showed you the steps to change an association in IE8 above but it seems maybe your problem is not in IE8 but with QT.

Sorry I'm unable to where the issue is as per your statements.
Win 7
IE8
QT
or Windows Explore.

Anyone else have any help for this guy because I'm totally lost on what he is asking.
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20 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hey, thanks for trying...let me try to explain a little more simpler and clearer:

1) From within Windows File Explorer, if I double-click on a .M4A file (a file from my iTunes music library), it correctly launches WMP to play the song;

2) If, on the other hand, I am using IE8 and I click on an HTML hyperlink for a .M4A file, IE8 will open and play the song using the QT plugin;

3) If I completely uninstall QT and then try IE8 again, this time IE8 will open and play the file with WMP.

QT is doing something such that it is causing IE--and ONLY IE--to open and play .M4A files with QT (instead of the default WMP).
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20 Dec 2009   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Did you check your IE Add-ons (in Tools).
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20 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If I disable the QuickTime add-on then IE still tries to load the file via QT, but with the add-on disabled, I just get a blank page, that's all.
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20 Dec 2009   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nuspieds View Post
If I disable the QuickTime add-on then IE still tries to load the file via QT, but with the add-on disabled, I just get a blank page, that's all.

Hmm, I guess that did not do any good then. Typical Apple - they want to take over the world. Do you still have the WMP add-on in there and is it disabled. If yes, enable it.
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31 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7
 
 

nuspieds, did you ever find a solution to your problem? I'm having the exact same issue.
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