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Audio files - Windows explorer needs to close

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by smackenzie, Sep 15, 2004.

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  1. smackenzie

    smackenzie Thread Starter

    Nov 1, 2000
    Here's a weird one. I'm running Windows XP Pro (SP2), and use an audio player called Quintessential Player. At some point in recent weeks - I can't be sure when - all the audio files on my machine (wav's, wma's, mp3's) seem to have acquired the following annoying characteristics:
    1. they have all taken on the icon associated with Quintessential, even though I did not set up this as the default file association. Any attempt to re-associate these file types (with Windows Media Player for example) seems not to work.
    2. Attempting to right-click any file with this icon in Windows Explorer (for instance to get the properties or perform some other operation) brings up the error message "Windows Explorer needs to close - sorry for the inconvenience.... " etc. Windows Explorer then duly shuts down; when you bring it back up, there are several icons missing from the system tray (i.e running tasks/processes have closed - this is normally what happens if Windows Explorer crashes).

    I've tried doing a System Restore - no effect. Any views on causes - or possible fixes? Other courses of action I'm thinking of are de-installing the Quintessential software, or attempting to make clean copies of all the files, or perhaps run them through an audio processing program - however, as I have rather lot of audio files, this would take forever.
  2. zmaster


    Sep 10, 2004
    What about the preferences within Quintessential? Can you change it so that it doesn't associate itself with .mp3 .wav ect. If worse comes to worse uninstalling Quintessential from within add/remove programs should fix the problems
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