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Windows 7: .MKV File Associations Lost

27 Apr 2011   #1
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
.MKV File Associations Lost

I was about to play a movie, but found that even though videos of other formats appeared to be okay, none of the videos with the .mkv format displayed their normal icons in the file manager, and there seemed to be no way to select them from the context menu.

I checked in Windows File Associations, and there is no .mkv even listed. How do I correct this?


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27 Apr 2011   #2
Carolyn

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

right click on a .mkv file
select "Properties"
you'll see "Open with", click the Change button
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27 Apr 2011   #3
Muggs

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

At a guess, your trying to watch Senna? VLC player will play it fine and you'll get the normal icon up with the VLC cone in the corner, or download DivX and again it will show the normal icon for the film.

HTH

Muggs
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27 Apr 2011   #4
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Carolyn View Post
right click on a .mkv file
select "Properties"
you'll see "Open with", click the Change button
No, that does correct the association with the player, and causes the file manager to display the proper icon for the files, but Windows doesn't even know that .mkv files even exist, and that format is not listed in Windows File Association. When I attempt to play a movie, the system freezes and requires a reboot, just as it did before.

I do not believe that this problem can be fixed, until WFA lists .mkv files among known formats.
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27 Apr 2011   #5
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Muggs View Post
At a guess, your trying to watch Senna? VLC player will play it fine and you'll get the normal icon up with the VLC cone in the corner, or download DivX and again it will show the normal icon for the film.

HTH

Muggs
The problem is not with just one movie, it is with all movies that are of the .mkv format.
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27 Apr 2011   #6
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Seeker, try installing Shark's codecs.

Shark007's FREE Codec solutions - Windows 7 codecs
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27 Apr 2011   #7
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Seeker, try installing Shark's codecs.

Shark007's FREE Codec solutions - Windows 7 codecs
Thanks, that returned .mkv to the WFA list, but VLC still froze and WMP only displayed a black screen. I fixed VLC by reinstalling/upgrading it, and it now works perfectly. As far as WMP goes, I'm not going to mess with it, because I have never liked it much anyway.
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27 Apr 2011   #8
Carolyn

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Carolyn View Post
right click on a .mkv file
select "Properties"
you'll see "Open with", click the Change button
No, that does correct the association with the player, and causes the file manager to display the proper icon for the files, but Windows doesn't even know that .mkv files even exist, and that format is not listed in Windows File Association. When I attempt to play a movie, the system freezes and requires a reboot, just as it did before.

I do not believe that this problem can be fixed, until WFA lists .mkv files among known formats.
It works when I do it on my computer.
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27 Apr 2011   #9
Carolyn

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Common Problems - VideoLAN Wiki

scroll down to
"VLC hangs when opening Matroska (mkv) files"
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