Windows 7 Professional x64 (Windows Media Player)

Discussion in 'alt.windows7.general' started by Andy Leese, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. Andy Leese

    Andy Leese Guest

    I have recently bought Windows 7 Pro (x64) with my new laptop...

    I followed the instructions online to change the default Windows Media
    Player from x86 to x64. So now when I click on the quick launch icon, and
    the icon in all programs start menu, it runs the x64 version.

    However, all the file associations are still set up for x86, so when I click
    mpg (or whatever) directly in explorer it still runs the old x86.

    I have tried changing the file associations manually one-by-one from x86 to
    x64, however it's slow and cumbersome and all it lists is two versions of
    exactly the same name 'Windows Media Player', so all I can do is guess which
    one it is by trial and error. Also, when I do this, it loses all the
    Description, and other information regarding the file association and the
    file (which I don't want to lose)

    Does anybody please have any solution? (Thanks in advance)
    Andy
     
    Andy Leese, Mar 2, 2011
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  2. Andy Leese

    Char Jackson Guest

    On Wed, 2 Mar 2011 10:34:21 -0000, "Andy Leese" <>
    wrote:

    >I have recently bought Windows 7 Pro (x64) with my new laptop...
    >
    >I followed the instructions online to change the default Windows Media
    >Player from x86 to x64. So now when I click on the quick launch icon, and
    >the icon in all programs start menu, it runs the x64 version.
    >
    >However, all the file associations are still set up for x86, so when I click
    >mpg (or whatever) directly in explorer it still runs the old x86.
    >
    >I have tried changing the file associations manually one-by-one from x86 to
    >x64, however it's slow and cumbersome and all it lists is two versions of
    >exactly the same name 'Windows Media Player', so all I can do is guess which
    >one it is by trial and error. Also, when I do this, it loses all the
    >Description, and other information regarding the file association and the
    >file (which I don't want to lose)
    >
    >Does anybody please have any solution? (Thanks in advance)
    >Andy
    >


    What's your reason for making this change? Don't do it. You aren't
    gaining anything.

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    Char Jackson
     
    Char Jackson, Mar 2, 2011
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  3. Andy Leese wrote:
    > I have recently bought Windows 7 Pro (x64) with my new laptop...
    >
    > I followed the instructions online to change the default Windows Media
    > Player from x86 to x64. So now when I click on the quick launch icon, and
    > the icon in all programs start menu, it runs the x64 version.
    >
    > However, all the file associations are still set up for x86, so when I click
    > mpg (or whatever) directly in explorer it still runs the old x86.
    >
    > I have tried changing the file associations manually one-by-one from x86 to
    > x64, however it's slow and cumbersome and all it lists is two versions of
    > exactly the same name 'Windows Media Player', so all I can do is guess which
    > one it is by trial and error. Also, when I do this, it loses all the
    > Description, and other information regarding the file association and the
    > file (which I don't want to lose)
    >
    > Does anybody please have any solution? (Thanks in advance)
    > Andy
    >
    >



    Something to try:

    In Windows Explorer, right-click on one of the files you wish to
    associate with WMPx64 and select "Open with." Instead of choosing
    either of the two displayed "Windows Media Player" options, select
    "Choose default program...." Then browse to C:\Program Files\Windows
    Media Player and select the applicable "Wmplayer.exe." (This presumes
    that WMPx86 is located under the C:\Program Files (x86) folder tree.)




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    Bruce Chambers, Mar 3, 2011
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