Windows 10: Unable to change default program

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  1.    1 Week Ago #1

    Unable to change default program


    I'm unable to change my wmv file player or the program that I use to open zip files. I'm wanting to change them to media player classic and 7zip, but nothing happens upon switching their default program. For wmv files, I use choose another app, check to always use media player classic, but it still uses the default windows player. Similar results for zip files. Same thing happens when changing it through properties. I tried changing default apps in windows 10 settings as well, but media player classic and 7zip don't show as options.
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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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       1 Week Ago #2

    Hi RickRS. Welcome to the TenForums @RickRS

    What version and build of Win 10 are you on.

    Right click Start, click Run, type winver, enter

    Please post

    I recall there was an issue with this way back but pretty sure it was corrected.
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  3.    1 Week Ago #3

    Caledon Ken said: View Post
    Hi RickRS. Welcome to the TenForums @RickRS

    What version and build of Win 10 are you on.

    Right click Start, click Run, type winver, enter

    Please post

    I recall there was an issue with this way back but pretty sure it was corrected.
    Version 1803 (OS Build 17134.345.
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  4.    1 Week Ago #4

    RickRS said: View Post
    Version 1803 (OS Build 17134.345.
    You're not the first person i've seen with this problem recently. For example:

    Windows wont let me change default programs for certain file extensions : Windows10

    I would recommend trying this nifty little program:

    Default Programs Editor

    It's helped me with some issues in the past.
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  5. xTL's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit (1809) 17763.1
       1 Week Ago #5

    Dirk Gently said: View Post
    You're not the first person i've seen with this problem recently. For example:

    Windows wont let me change default programs for certain file extensions : Windows10

    I would recommend trying this nifty little program:

    Default Programs Editor

    It's helped me with some issues in the past.
    i use that program too :)
    it's helped me so much with context menu's
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  6.    1 Week Ago #6

    Version 1803 (OS Build 17134.345)

    I also have this problem. "Default Programs Editor" doesn't help since it doesn't have the extension listed that I want to associate an app with!
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  7. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       1 Week Ago #7

    I would try the inplace repair / upgrade. As you have 1803 and the MCT is providing that release, check dates on page, this should be a repair.

    Always recommend backing up data although this is a non-destructive process. No programs (apps) or data should be removed.

    The repair fixes a host of strange issues.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade
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  8.    1 Week Ago #8

    Hi, what happens, for example with zip and 7-zip when you rt click a zip file, Open With, More apps, click the box at the bottom 'Always use...' and select 7-zip?

    I'm on 1709, and an update some time back means the Control Panel Default Programs => Settings, where, like you, I don't see 7-zip listed.

    My current handler is WinRAR.

    If I use Open With, I can effect a change to 7-zip:
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    Not checked what happens after a restart.

    Also, by re-installing 7-zip (I chose as admin) I found it listed in Settings, Default Apps, File types for zip.
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  9.    1 Week Ago #9

    Mikegrant65 said: View Post
    Version 1803 (OS Build 17134.345)

    I also have this problem. "Default Programs Editor" doesn't help since it doesn't have the extension listed that I want to associate an app with!
    What is the extension? What is the app?
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  10.    1 Week Ago #10

    A program has to be installed which creates the file type. Many progs add file types when installed- Windows by default only 'knows about' a limited set of file types.

    (It is perhaps possible that uninstalling a program which is capable of handling a given file type might remove it).
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