How to Change the Default Media Player in Windows 7

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Your computer's media player opens and runs a variety of different audio and video files. Generally, one default media player automatically regulates the functions of most or all media files on your machine. The Windows 7 operating system allows users to change the default media player that opens audio and video files. However, only some media players are available in the system's defaults menu, which means users looking to set an alternative media player as the default might have to change the audio and video file associations one by one.

Set Default Programs

  • Click on the "Start" button.

  • Click "Default Programs."

  • Click "Set your default programs."

  • Click the media player you want to set as the default.

  • Click "Set this program as default."

  • Click "OK." If your desired media player does not appear in the Set Default Programs menu, proceed to the next section.

Change File Associations

  • Click on the "Start" button.

  • Click "Default Programs."

  • Click "Associate a file type or protocol with a specific program."

  • Click on a file type associated with your previous media player to highlight it. You can determine the current default program for a file type by checking the column titled "Current Default." Click "Change Program."

  • Click "Browse." Select your desired media player from the list. Click "OK." Click "OK" again to change the default media player for that particular file type. Repeat these steps for each file type associated with your previous media player. Click "Close" in the file associations window when finished.

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