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02-Mar-2011, 03:41 PM #1
Solved: WMP has taken over my computer!!!
Problem: Windows Media Player has changed all icons on my desktop to stated program and all directories are now trying to use Windows Media Player to start. This inturn gives an error that *program a* cannot open in Windows Media Player.

I could fix this with regedit, but that too is directing towards Windows Media Player to open.

Cause: After a friend of mine purchased music from a site he has been purchasing from for awhile (legit site), he stated that unlike normal files, one album he purchased came in a zip file. He opened and the problem started.

I could also resolve this issue by "Backup and Restore" center, but no backup or restore points can be found?

I do not believe for this to be a virus, but yet I have never experienced this harsh of an issue.

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!
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Thanks for the response, but clicking the link above states: "
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Thanks again for the response. First of all I do not have access to the computer from my location as we speak, however I'm thinking this will not correct my problem as the actual dictation of where to open the file has changed, not just the icon.

The link below describes how to repair an icon, but not the actual registry direction of where the file should open to. Correct me if I am wrong. Thanks for the help.
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02-Mar-2011, 04:41 PM #6
does the system restore work,(not a os install)
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02-Mar-2011, 05:24 PM #7
Nope, as stated above; System restore does not show any Restore points.

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02-Mar-2011, 09:29 PM #8
Any idea guys?

Is a full restore imminent?
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03-Mar-2011, 11:44 AM #9
Update:

After much research, I have decided it is best to reformat the drive at this time. The registry is completed changed with all target types directing to Windows Media Player. No program will currently open due to this. Thanks for the views an comments.
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03-Mar-2011, 12:16 PM #10
Go here:
File association fixes for Windows 7
and download the fix for EXE files.
To extract the file from the ZIP archive, double click on the downloaded file to open it, then drag the enclosed file to your desktop.
Double click the file to merge it into the registry.
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03-Mar-2011, 12:19 PM #11
Thanks. I tried that along with several others previously and no result.
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03-Mar-2011, 12:23 PM #12
What does no result mean?
Were you unable to extract the .reg file from the .zip file?
Did it fail to merge?
Did it give an error?

Is it only programs (.exe files) that want to start with WMP, or shortcuts?
Try the .LNK fix from the same website.

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I could fix this with regedit, but that too is directing towards Windows Media Player to open.
Rename regedit.exe to regedit.com, you should then be able to run it.
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03-Mar-2011, 12:26 PM #13
Sorry, no result as in the files extracted, made successful changes to the registry, but upon reboot the same issue was still present.

As for the zip files, I tried .lnk, .exe, .mp3, and .reg. None of which had any result after making changes to the registry.
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03-Mar-2011, 01:14 PM #14
Wow, so much for the easy fix. I double checked the exe fix and it does removes the UserChoice key, so should allow you to run regedit, or any other .exe file, when double clicking them directly.

Something has certainly gotten corrupted, I don't know what else to suggest. Tracking it down might be quite a job, a re-install may be the fastest solution.
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Yep. When in doubt, Reformat + Carbonite backup.
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