Can't associate mp3 files with 64bit WMP?

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  1. Posts : 445
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 1803
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    "Look for another app on this PC" option makes Explorer crash


    This is apparently a more general issue in my case with Windows than initially thought, so I have edited the OP accordingly.

    Hello,

    I'm getting a weird reproducible Explorer hang when using a cetain option in the Properties menu of any file type.

    Here are the 2 steps that causes this:

    1. Right-click on any file type on your PC (audio file, Word document, etc.), choose Properties and click the "Change..." button shown here.

    Can't associate mp3 files with 64bit WMP?-properties.png

    2. A menu comes up, choose "Look for another app on this PC" as shown here:
    Can't associate mp3 files with 64bit WMP?-windows-10-my-capture-0003.png

    A dialog box then appears where you can select the desired app to associate the file type with. Just click "Cancel" on that dialog box.

    For some reason, in my case this makes my cursor stuck in a loading loop icon and I can't click anything within the Properties box of the file. I'd have to end it using Task Manager or wait for a very long time until the Properties box is reactive again.

    I did an sfc /scannow but didn't find any problems. Using Windows 10 Pro x64 1909 with latest updates.

    Anyone else experiencing this when following these steps?
    Last edited by JohnnyGui; 29 Feb 2020 at 16:15. Reason: It seems to be a more general problem than just for mp3 files!
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  2. Jacee's Avatar
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    Win 10 home 20H2 19042.844
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    I use WMP and no, I've not had any problems playing my files.
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  3. sygnus21's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (x64) 20H2 (19042.906)
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    It' doesn't matter if the OS is 64 or 32 bit media files should play, especially mp3 files. With that is it possible the file is corrupt?
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  4. Posts : 445
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 1803
    Thread Starter
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    sygnus21 said:
    It' doesn't matter if the OS is 64 or 32 bit media files should play, especially mp3 files. With that is it possible the file is corrupt?
    Jacee said:
    I use WMP and no, I've not had any problems playing my files.
    Sorry guys, I made a mistake in my OP, I have changed it. It's not about selectng "Open with", it's about changing the app that the mp3 files open with and selecting "wmplayer.exe" in the C/Program Files/Windows Media Player directory, as shown here:
    Can't associate mp3 files with 64bit WMP?-properties.png
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  5. sygnus21's Avatar
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    OK, I see what you're doing. Glad you got it figured out.

    Peace
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  6. Posts : 445
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 1803
    Thread Starter
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    sygnus21 said:
    OK, I see what you're doing. Glad you got it figured out.

    Peace
    Lol, I fixed the OP description not the problem, the issue is still there. Could you please try it out according to the new OP description and see if it hangs at your end?
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  7. sygnus21's Avatar
    Posts : 5,329
    Win 10 Pro (x64) 20H2 (19042.906)
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    I don't use WMP. I also don't use "mp3" files. Mine are flac and APE. My Media player is JRiver Media Center.

    That said, I see no reason why you can't associate your mp3 files with Windows Media Player. Again, my question - are you sure the files themselves aren't the issue. Have you tried other files?
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  8. Posts : 445
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 1803
    Thread Starter
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    sygnus21 said:
    I don't use WMP. I also don't use "mp3" files. Mine are flac and APE. My Media player is JRiver Media Center.
    That said, I see no reason why you can't associate your mp3 files with Windows Media Player. Again, my question - are you sure the files themselves aren't the issue. Have you tried other files?

    BTW... what version of Windows are you running - 32 or 64-bit?
    Yes I have tried several mp3 files. They work normally when I first open WMP 64bit itself and then play them from within the WMP library. It's just that I can't associate the mp3 files with 64bit instead of 32 bit WMP through the Properties menu.

    I'm using the 64bit of Windows 10 Pro
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  9. sygnus21's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (x64) 20H2 (19042.906)
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    JohnnyGui said:
    It's just that I can't associate the mp3 files with 64bit instead of 32 bit WMP through the Properties menu.
    I'm still a little confused so I'll post what I "think" you're saying....

    • You can associate your mp3 files with the 32-bit Windows Media Player without issue.
    • You can not associate your mp3 files with the 64-bit Windows Media Player.

    Is that correct?

    Anyway, I just tried associating my wave files with both the 32-bit WMP (Program Files x86) and the 64-bit WMP (Program Files) and both played without issue.
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  10. Posts : 445
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 1803
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    sygnus21 said:
    I'm still a little confused so I'll post what I "think" you're saying....

    • You can associate your mp3 files with the 32-bit Windows Media Player without issue.
    • You can not associate your mp3 files with the 64-bit Windows Media Player.

    Is that correct?

    Anyway, I just tried associating my wave files with both the 32-bit WMP (Program Files x86) and the 64-bit WMP (Program Files) and both played without issue.
    Yes, that's correct. I assume you associated your .wav files exactly according to the method in my OP? I just tried it with .wav files and it also hangs at my end.

    What do you have selected in the Settings app as the standard app for Music Player?
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