Windows XP Open With Programs not working

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
September 16, 2010 at 18:49:51
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP3, Intel Pen 4, 1 Gig RAM
Hi all.

Usually when I insert a DVD movie into one of the optical drives (I have 2, a ROM and a burner ) up comes a small window asking me which program I want to use to open it, and this is exactly what I want, but it is not happening when a DVD movie is inserted, instead the drive window opens displaying the 2 folders, Audio_TS and Video_TS.

My OS hard drive is mounted in a cradle and easily removable and here is the thing, if I replace the OS HD with another HD also using Win XP SP3 the problem does not exist and all works as it should.

In short it is only acting up on one of my operating systems and not on the other, why?

What I want is for the "option" window to open allowing me to select the program I want to use to run the DVD (Power DVD) as it does with my XP HD.

I have gone into the drive "Options" panel for both optical drives and did what I could there. I even checked my AV program to ensure that the "block autostart" was not turned off (which can be done with my AV program).

I am at a loss as to why it is doing this and only with this XP HD.

Any ideas?

Regards

Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia


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#1
September 16, 2010 at 19:34:13
This page shows how to disable Autoplay, Do the reverse/opposite.
http://www.labtestproject.com/using...

Other pages if needed.

http://ask-leo.com/how_do_i_really_...

http://www.wikihow.com/Disable-CD-a...


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#2
September 16, 2010 at 23:18:30
Hi John.

I took your advice and explored TweekUI as instructed only to find that all the drives were already ticked and ready to go, but in my case dispite the boxes being ticked, "She dunna wunna go!".

Back to the drawing boards. :-(

Regards

Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia


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#3
September 16, 2010 at 23:33:54
Janset, pure SWAG, since it occurs on 1 and not the other, I'd think that means that either your default player got switched and 'always use' checked (a new download can do that) which negated the box or you've been infected with a worm/trojan in which case, you need to scan.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#4
September 17, 2010 at 01:14:42
Hi ED.

I have uninstalled and re-installed "PowerDVD for XP" and it has made no difference. I am about to do a full AV scan now.

Pardon my ignorance, but what is SWAG?

Regards

Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia


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#5
September 17, 2010 at 01:35:49
"I live in West Australia"
Me too Janset.

If you come up clean after the scan, here are System requirements.

http://www.cyberlink.com/products/p...

Here is a program to look at yours.

SIW
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://www.gtopala.com/
Portable
http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTAB...


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#6
September 17, 2010 at 05:47:47
Hi John.

Small world, nice to know that we both live in God's own country.

A deep AV scan came up with nothing as I would expect.

I had a look at the Cyberlink site you suggested but it really did not help. If you remember, one of my drives work as it should but the other does not. I am in fact using the same PC, and all it's components, only the HD is different .

I will have a look at the other sites tomorrow and get back to you.

Regards

Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia


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#7
September 17, 2010 at 20:56:18
Hi all.

John I downloaded that program. I had a version of that already installed but is was about 2 yrs old. Even with the new version I could not fix the problem.

It still persists. I insert a DVD and instead of auto playing, it opens the window for that drive displaying the afore mentioned folders.

A brick wall me thinks!

Regards

Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia


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#8
September 18, 2010 at 00:11:16
"A brick wall me thinks!"
Could be Jan, about a year ago I googled & found about 20 ways to fix mine. None fixed it. I know it was disabled by me originally as a safety factor, the computer alongside me which I did'nt disable & was setup using the same XP Cd is Ok.

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#9
September 18, 2010 at 04:31:53
Hi there.

During my endeavours to fix this problem I discovered that a few of my other programs were not performing as they should, they were either very slow, or would freeze up , these are a few faults spring to mind.

So there was only on thing to do, I restored a Ghosted backup that I made about 3 weeks ago and I am pleased to report that ALL pprograms are functioning as they should...........so far!

Regards

Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia


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#10
September 18, 2010 at 05:10:03
That slowness may an indicator to you being infected Jan, won't hurt to download, update & run these.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivi...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
http://www.spywareinfoforum.com/ind...
Forum
http://www.malwarebytes.org/forums/
Error codes
http://forums.malwarebytes.org/inde...
Common Issues, Questions, and their Solutions, Frequently Asked Questions.
http://forums.malwarebytes.org/inde...
VIPRE Rescue Program
http://vipre.malwarebytes.org/
http://live.sunbeltsoftware.com/
Try it in Safe mode.
If it won't run, rename the downloaded mbam-setup.exe file to mb.exe to help work around certain malware that will block it from being run.
If it still will not run.
1: Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features and uninstall Malwarebytes.
Next redownload Malwarebytes but rename it before you download it to your desktop. As you are in the process of downloading when you get to the point that the "enter name of file to save to" box appears, in the "filename" slot, rename mbam-setup.exe to something.exe, then click Save.
If it installed but will not run, navigate to this folder:
2: C:\Programs Files\Malwarebytes' AntiMalware
At the top of the page, Tools > Folder Options > View, click > Show hidden files and folders and untick > Hide extensions for known file types.
How to see hidden files in Windows
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tut...
Rename all the .exe files in the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder and try to run it again.
When it opens, update 1st.
If it won't update after installing, update manually.
http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam/da...
Download & install.

SUPERAntiSpyware
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Intern...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://www.superantispyware.com/ind...
Portable
http://www.superantispyware.com/por...


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#11
September 18, 2010 at 19:27:06
Yikes John! There is a lot there. I will see how I go before I try your advice. For the moment my system is working nice and fast again.

I think the reason for the problems was the fact that I downloaded a number of files from a file sharing site and did a bit of experimenting, which obviously proved my undoing.

I think what I will have to do in future, is what I used to do in the past and that was to insert my "suicide" drive into my PC and play around with that. At the end of the day when I had had enough or achieved what I wanted, I would simply re-Ghost back to the previous condition. Lazy aye?

Regards

Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia


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#12
September 18, 2010 at 19:49:15
"Yikes John! There is a lot there"
Only 2 programs Jan, the rest of the info is if you have any nasties & they give you a hard time installing the program.

"insert my "suicide" drive into my PC"
Good idea or you can right click on the download & scan with your antivirus & MBAM etc, you will see what is available when you right click.
MalwareBytes specialises in the latest infections, that is why it is so small in size,
As soon as the infection is covered by the other programmers, such as SAS, MBAM removes it from his database.
If you ever get a new infection, MalwareBytes ( MBAM ) will be one of the 1st tools of attack. SAS would be used later.


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#13
September 18, 2010 at 22:42:13
Thanks John. I will give it a go as time permits.

Regards

Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia


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