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Windows 7: Problem: Cannot change the default program to open a file-type.

27 Dec 2011   #1
jshnaidz

Quebec
 
 
Problem: Cannot change the default program to open a file-type.

I upgraded to windows 7 through a clean install. I just reinstalled itunes but when it prompts me to change itunes to the default program to use for audio files, i click yes and nothing happens. It prompts me every time I open itunes.

I went to control panel -> programs -> default programs -> set default programs and itunes wasn't there. I then went to ->associate a file type or protocol with a program but when I tried to change the default program for .mp3 the following happened:

I double click .mp3
I click browse
Secondary Drive -> Itunes -> Itunes.exe
I arrive at the screen that popped up after I double clicked .mp3 and itunes isn't on the list.

I tried going to a random .mp3 file and changing its default program but the same thing happened.

I googled what to do and I looked for a software that would change the default program for filetypes and I used both

(These are download links)
DefaultProgramsEditor

and Types

They didn't work. I tried the following:


a. Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
b. Navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer
c. In the right side of the screen double click on "NoFileAssociate".
d. Change the value of "NoFileAssociate" from 1 to 0.
if it the value is not present, create a DWORD value and enter the valaue data as 0.
e. Exit Registry Editor and Restart the computer and check.

But I didn't seem to have the nofileassociate part in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer

Any help would be appreciated


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27 Dec 2011   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven forums jshnaidz.
When you get to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer

Right click in the right pane and you will get a prompt New with some options. Click on DWORD Value (32bit). Then name it too NoFileAssociate then click it in the left pane an change the value data to 0 (zero). exit, reboot and test.
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27 Dec 2011   #3
jshnaidz

Quebec
 
 

I have 64 bit, i should still click dword, the 32 bit one?
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27 Dec 2011   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Yup, that is right.
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27 Dec 2011   #5
jshnaidz

Quebec
 
 

I restarted my computer, it's still not working
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27 Dec 2011   #6
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Default Programs and see if iTunes is listed there. Click on its name, then in the right panel click the bar for choosing what files you want it to open by default.
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27 Dec 2011   #7
jshnaidz

Quebec
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Default Programs and see if iTunes is listed there. Click on its name, then in the right panel click the bar for choosing what files you want it to open by default.
I said in the op that i tried that. Itunes wasn't listed. Although I appreciate the help.

I just reinstalled Itunes. It fixed it. Doh.
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28 Dec 2011   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jshnaidz View Post
I said in the op that i tried that. Itunes wasn't listed. Although I appreciate the help.

I just reinstalled Itunes. It fixed it. Doh.
OOPS, glad the reinstall works for you.
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