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How to change default media player in XP Pro SP3?

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  • Have installed Divx mediaplayer, recently. At first got sound when played movie. Had to rt.click on sound button and select "audio track 1." Didn't get sound again on next movie. Tried same thing, but still no sound. I also have flashplayer, wmp, realplayer on computer and one of these is probably set as the default player. Some sites always require install divx to stream movie. How to check to see what player is set as my default media player. How to check to see if I have more than one sound driver (I think I only have one "PCI" something. What is difference between sound card and sound driver? Can I download additional sound drivers? Do these drivers all work using the sound card in my machine? How to identify the specs on the sound cards in my rebuilt machine? Me computer Jane, you computer NERD I hope...but patient with computer primitives....I don't even know where to look for an answer here...?
    Monday, June 08, 2009 4:42 AM

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  • Hi,

    I am not an expert, but let me try to answer at least one of your questions. The easiest way to change your default player would be following:

    Choose a file (any media file) and click right mouse:

    Then Select – Properties  

    Under properties you will see Open with and your current default player is selected and next to it a button Change. Click the button Change. Now select you desired default player (Media Player should be here for you to choose) and hit OK.

    Once you hit ok your default for this type of media file (selected by you) will always open with media Player. Only thing is, you have to the above steps once for all the file type.

    Hope this is helpful and answers at least one of you questions.  


    Rubel Khan
    Monday, June 08, 2009 1:39 PM
  • To check which media player is set as your default, click on start and then "set program access and defaults". Click on custom and look which your media player is. There will be an option somewhere in the media you want to use for "properties", "preferences" or "options".

    There will probably be a tickbox in this options section allowing you to select it as your default media player.

    Happy hunting!


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    Monday, June 08, 2009 2:04 PM
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    • Marked as answer by Electrongal Saturday, January 16, 2010 4:26 AM
    Monday, January 11, 2010 6:30 PM

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  • Hi,

    I am not an expert, but let me try to answer at least one of your questions. The easiest way to change your default player would be following:

    Choose a file (any media file) and click right mouse:

    Then Select – Properties  

    Under properties you will see Open with and your current default player is selected and next to it a button Change. Click the button Change. Now select you desired default player (Media Player should be here for you to choose) and hit OK.

    Once you hit ok your default for this type of media file (selected by you) will always open with media Player. Only thing is, you have to the above steps once for all the file type.

    Hope this is helpful and answers at least one of you questions.  


    Rubel Khan
    Monday, June 08, 2009 1:39 PM
  • To check which media player is set as your default, click on start and then "set program access and defaults". Click on custom and look which your media player is. There will be an option somewhere in the media you want to use for "properties", "preferences" or "options".

    There will probably be a tickbox in this options section allowing you to select it as your default media player.

    Happy hunting!


    MCDST
    MCITP - Enterprise Support Technician - Charter Member
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    MCTS - Volume Licensing Specialist, Small and Medium Organizations - Charter Member
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    Monday, June 08, 2009 2:04 PM
  • Dear Brian,

    Thank-you for your answer to my question how to set default media player. This was the answer I was looking for because it provides an alternative to the right-click method when you are in a streaming video website which only allows you to play the video in one kind of player, versus a website which lets you choose which player to use. At least I think that is how streaming videos are played...I am still learning how the computer performs its magic, but at any rate, your answer helped me learn how my computer program works with respect to the default media player selection. Rubel's answer helped me to know how to select the default player when I am already at a selected website for streaming videos. Now, the next problem is how to copy and paste your answer into a Word 2007 document so that the entire answer gets pasted without exceeding the page margins. When I attempted to save your answer in a Word document, I could not adjust the selected text so that it fit within the Word document, even when I switched from portrait to landscape view. I had no problem jotting notes, however, and now you are in my book of "Techie Wizard Lessons" which I use to refresh my memory about computer lessons I've learned! Thank-you so much for your answer which I jotted down in this fashion:

    Start>set program access and default>custom>(properties, preferences, or option)>(tickbox your preferred default media player)
    Sincerely,
    Electrongal

    Monday, January 11, 2010 5:57 PM
  • Copy and paste the text into notepad first and it will then behave itself when you paste it into Word

    MCP, MCDST, MCTS x 4, MCITP x 2

    Please don't forget to mark this post as an answer if it is the solution to your problem!

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    • Marked as answer by Electrongal Saturday, January 16, 2010 4:26 AM
    Monday, January 11, 2010 6:30 PM
  • Two years later, I am clicking your post as the most helpful answer because it was the most complete instruction....I am just now making a concerted effort to learn the process for submitting posts, replying to them and actually FINDING them again, in cases where I was not getting notified by email. I am also trying to learn how to configure my email notices so I don't keep getting them once I have been notified and made an answer. Then, I need to figure out how to turn off notifications when one post has been answered, while still keeping email notification active for other posts. I realize I may be a little slow on the uptake, compared to you Techie Wizards out there, however, I have a strong ego and will perservere until I am one with you....It's never too late to learn:)

    Electrongal


    • Edited by Electrongal Thursday, April 04, 2013 6:39 PM
    Thursday, April 04, 2013 6:38 PM