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Accidentally Deleted Extensions

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by lygerzero198, Mar 13, 2004.

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  1. lygerzero198

    lygerzero198 Thread Starter

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    Help, I deleted some extensions and now my windows media player doesn't play any of the normal files it used to play. Also, those icons that appear on the bottom right of my screen dont appear anymore. Does anybody know if and where I can find out
    what the default extensions were and get them back? Thanks!

    PS. someone told me to type "sfc /scannow" in start-run but it would always tell to me insert my windows xp home edition cd, which i did, and it never worked.
     
  2. rude

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    Have you tried "system Restore "? Just chose a restore point from before you deleted the extensions.

    If this dosn't work get back and we will take it from there
     
  3. Elvandil

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    Deleted extensions from where? If from the registry, you can return all of XP's default file-associations by running this:

    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/xp_fileassoc.zip

    This will not, of course, restore any changes to file-associations that you or any third-party application have made.
     
  4. Rollin' Rog

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    You can't delete the extensions; however some programs will cause extensions previously associated with Media Player to become un associated. Just open Media Player and look under its Tools > Options > File Types menu. You can associate it will all supported file types by using the "Select All" option
     
  5. lygerzero198

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    Hey, just to clear up some stuff. The extensions that were accidentally deleted came from "folder options" under "file types." and no i have no restore point
     
  6. Rollin' Rog

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    Ok, in that case, you're right (sorry for the dumb answer), though I can't imagine why you did it.

    Which extensions did you delete from there? The file elvandil posted may be of some help, but it seems rather limited in what it does to me.

    Another possible method is to right click on a file you want to reassociate and select "properties". In XP you will see an "opens with" text there and a "change" tab. Select the "change" tab and navigate to Windows Media Player or whatever program you want to open the file and select that. Check the "always use" option if you want to permanently associate it.

    If this, or the other methods mentioned do not resolve the problem, you need to list the file types for us.
     
  7. lygerzero198

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    that the problem rollin log, i dont remember what file types i deleted
     
  8. Tumbleweed36

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    Here are three programs that friends have told me that they work. See what they might do for you.


    This one is probably the best, but have listed three . Have had several (never tried it myself) friends tell me it was a wonderful little program.

    http://www.r-tt.com/

    Ontrack "EasyRecovery Professional" is a good data recovery software.
    http://www.mapistore.com/Exchange/B...0208_index.html


    Restoration works as well as any pay program:

    http://www.snapfiles.com/dlnow/dlno...o&ID=106926

    You can choose file types to search for if you want. You'll have the best luck if you click "Others", "Scan All Clusters".
     
  9. Rollin' Rog

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    You're not going to recover them through "data recovery" methods.

    But it really should be easy to create new associations. Just let us know what media files you are running that are not opening in Windows Media Player. In fact, have you gone into WMP and done what I suggested?

    And if you don't know what you deleted, how do you know you deleted them? Are you sure that is the source of the problem and not something else? I'm not sure what icons you are referring to at the bottom right of your screen. Normally these are "system tray" icons associated with running programs.

    And if you open Windows Media Player directly and browse to a file you want to play, can you open it that way? If there is an error message, post it exactly.

    You can reinstall or upgrade WMP from here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download/default.asp

    Extensive Troubleshooting page here:

    http://www.nwlink.com/~zachd/pss/pss.html

    Advice: Do NOT get WMP 9 unless System Restore is working reliably!
     
  10. Elvandil

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    That file association restoration file that I posted restores all the file associations that XP ships with.
     
  11. Rollin' Rog

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    It's one strange .bat file. I can't figure out how it works. I'm unfamiliar with the command line it is using and what it does.

    Ok, got it; it's a built in NT based command line:

    http://www.jsiinc.com/SUBA/tip0100/rh0108.htm

    Thanks, learned something new :)
     
  12. Elvandil

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    Yeh. It sure doesn't look much like the standard DOS batch file.

    But after trying to help someone with a group of file association problems with single commands from the cmd box, this little thing was a lifesaver. It can save someone a complete format and reinstallation if a virus has wreaked havoc.

    .Bat doesn't even have a file association in XP, so it will still execute in the NTVDM even if all the associations are lost.

    (Thanks for taking the time to look into this, Rollin' Rog. Your word carries a lot of weight around here!)
     
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