Double-click to launch videos


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rfdjr1

I'm running Windows 7 Professional, 64bit.

Since every time I try to run Windows Media Player it crashes (why should
Microsoft's own media player work with Windows??), I've been using VLC Media
player. I was trying to correct something in the resize of video playbacks today
and VLC started giving me trouble. I ended up having to uninstall and reinstall
it twice. It now works, except I can not longer double-click on a video file in
a folder and launch it with VLC. I used to be able to doub;e-click on all videos
and VLC would launch. Is there an option I have to check to make this happen?
Thanks.
 
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J. P. Gilliver (John)

In message <[email protected]>,
I'm running Windows 7 Professional, 64bit.

Since every time I try to run Windows Media Player it crashes (why should
Microsoft's own media player work with Windows??), I've been using VLC Media
player. I was trying to correct something in the resize of video
playbacks today
and VLC started giving me trouble. I ended up having to uninstall and reinstall
it twice. It now works, except I can not longer double-click on a video file in
a folder and launch it with VLC. I used to be able to doub;e-click on
all videos
and VLC would launch. Is there an option I have to check to make this happen?
Thanks.
Do the video files show up with VLC's icon next to them?

Have you tried the usual of right-clicking on one of them, selecting
"open with", making sure "always do this for files of this type" is
ticked, and selecting VLC from the list offered (or you may have to
browse for it)?
 
R

rfdjr1

Do the video files show up with VLC's icon next to them?

Have you tried the usual of right-clicking on one of them, selecting
"open with", making sure "always do this for files of this type" is
ticked, and selecting VLC from the list offered (or you may have to
browse for it)?
Thanks. Yes, I have all the video files in the folder defaulted to VLC. The VLC
icon shows up next to each. But double-clicking on them does nothing.
 
P

Paul

Thanks. Yes, I have all the video files in the folder defaulted to VLC. The VLC
icon shows up next to each. But double-clicking on them does nothing.
Can you start VLC on its own ?

Perhaps it tries to start and errors out.

Check that it runs all by itself.

If the clicking doesn't work, try starting
from a command prompt or the like. You have to
navigate to the folder with the executable using
CD for that to work.

Of course, they don't give you a tutorial on how
to use cmd prompt here. And when I tell people to
use command prompt, there are usually a couple
people in the audience who insist I spell out
each and every step :)

http://www.videolan.org/doc/play-howto/en/ch04.html

Paul
 
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R

Rob

I'm running Windows 7 Professional, 64bit.

Since every time I try to run Windows Media Player it crashes (why should
Microsoft's own media player work with Windows??), I've been using VLC Media
player. I was trying to correct something in the resize of video playbacks today
and VLC started giving me trouble. I ended up having to uninstall and reinstall
it twice. It now works, except I can not longer double-click on a video file in
a folder and launch it with VLC. I used to be able to doub;e-click on all videos
and VLC would launch. Is there an option I have to check to make this happen?
Thanks.
The usual reason WMP stops working is that a broken 3rd-party codec pack
has damaged the system. This may affect VLC, too, if the codec
needed by a particular video file is not one of VLC's built-in ones.
If you have installed any codec packs, try uninstalling them and
see if that fixes WMP. If so, get a better codec pack (k-lite is
one of the less-damaging ones.)
Sometimes the system codec damage is not easily reversible and
re-installation of Windows is needed.
 

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