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Windows Media Player v. Real Player

By jardinier ·
Windows Media Player used to be the default media player on my Win 98 computer. Somehow Real Player has become the default player.

Real Player has a crappy interface. How do I restore Windows Media Player as the default player?

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by Virtual1 In reply to Windows Media Player v. R ...

Depending on your version of Windows Media Player... go to tools | options | file types, then select the media types that you want Media Player to be the default program for.

Hope this helps

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by jardinier In reply to Windows Media Player v. R ...

Where do I find "tools | options | file types,"

It is not in Windows Media Player and this option is not listed in Firefox 1.5

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Windows Media Player v. R ...

I would suggest that you remove Real Player as it has been known to create quite a few software problems with 98 and it's also been known to make the system unstable.

You'll be getting rid of a potential problem and freeing up Disc space at the same time.

With every 98 computer that I ran across running Real Player there where numerous Stability Issues that simply disappeared once Real Player was removed.

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by jwc1413 In reply to

I have a bunch of videos on RelPlayer that I would like to burn to DVD, but the system keeps failing, destroying my once-blank DVDs and making my system unstable and leaving th evideos unburnt... I will remove realPlayer ASAP, but is there a way to transfer the media from RP to Windows Media Player? I see nothing in WMP to show it can reach out to find files outside of itself in the rest of my computer and nothing in RP that will allow me to export the files...any suggestions?
Thanks

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by sugus5 In reply to Windows Media Player v. R ...

Tools>Folder Options>File Types is found in the My Computer window. Highlight the file extension, say .mp3 and click on Change, Select the Program from the list (Media Player) and make sure the tickbox is marked.
Alternatively, go to a music file you have, right-click the file> choose program> select Media Player and of course have the box ticked.
Then you are done!

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by jardinier In reply to Windows Media Player v. R ...

To Virtual1 and sugus5

There is NO Tools>Folder Options>File Types

in My Computer window. I am running 98 SE. Perhaps you are thinking of XP. But it is not in 98 SE.

I like Hal's suggestion best. I will simply uninstall Real Player.

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by jardinier In reply to Windows Media Player v. R ...

I have now uninstalled two versions of Real Player, as well as some files which were not removed in the unistall process.

I have picked up some hard drive space, and Windows Media Player -- two versions -- are still functional.

Thanks Hal and thanks to the others for trying. I have a policy of awarding points to people who make an informed comment, but not to persons who are obviously guessing.

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