Open mp3 & mp4 in different programs

August 22, 2009 at 17:55:36
Specs: Windows 2000 Pro, 3.0 P4 - 2gb DDR400
I use Winamp for mp3s but, without altering a set of codecs that otherwise work for me, it won't play mp4 video. That's fine with me as I can use VLC to play the video. But I'd like to be able to have each of them open with a single click, instead of having to right click and choose the appropriate program. I went into Folder Options and tried to manually change the default program for mp4 so they would open with VLC but, after a reboot, VLC takes the file association for mp1, mp2, mp3 and mp4. I tried it the other way around, by manually specifying Winamp for mp3, but it also takes the file associations for all the mp_ files. Anyone know a work around for this?

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#1
August 23, 2009 at 12:41:34
First in WinAMP in Options / Preferences / General settings, click on filetype and deselect MP4.
Close settings and WinAMP.

Open Windows Explorer, navigate to a file of type mp4.
Rightclick the mp4 file and select open with ...
Select the program you'd like to associate this filetype with, set the checkbox for always use this program ...

This should work for you.

Paul

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August 23, 2009 at 14:44:19
Okay - that should've been obvious to me. But it's leaving me with something else I can't make heads or tails out of.

It's now leaving me with the default file icon, not the icon for a VLC file. It's also not opening with VLC, but prompting me for what to open the file with. If I click Restore to take it back to what it was before, I now see it listed as a MMCCtrl Class File Type Any ideas on that? :laughs: Windows is fun.

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#3
August 23, 2009 at 16:56:58
You might have to go to the Folder options first, search the filetype AVI and reset this to it's default setting.
Sometimes windows need to restart, to get these thing set correctly.
Then again go to the folder options and search filetype AVI again. Choose change and select VLC. Click ok.
To make sure, this setting gets done correctly, you might have to restart again.

Month ago, I had such problem with another filetype and got it to work as decribed above. Ah btw, I don't know, whether this kind of icon association is also stored in the IconCache.db, which is stored in \Programs and Settings in your user profile folder. Simply search for IconCache.db and delete it. It will be recreated automatically during windows startup.

Hopefully that helps.

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#4
August 23, 2009 at 17:54:25
Once again, Windows baffles me. I've always manually set the icons and programs to open every other audio and video file type but this one didn't seem to want to go. So I played around and played around with it and this is what I think did to make it happen.

• Unchecked mp4 in winamp
• Right clicked on an mp4 file to choose the program
• Rebooted
• Opened folder options again to return mp4 to default
• Added mp4 file type in folder options, specifying the icon and the program.

Why that didn't work the first time I tried it is beyond me. But, it's done and I thank you, paulsep, for the replies!

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#5
August 23, 2009 at 18:54:39
:-)
Windows, it's often a closed book.

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