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When i receive execuitable files as attachments in email upon clicking on the file to open it instead of being prompted to select the saving location the file automatically opens with Winamp.I have tried opening the file on my other system and all goes per normal..ie,i get the saving location box etc....etc!I carry out the normal steps and all is ok.But on my newer system with win98SE AND,NETSCAPE COMMUNICATOR 4.7 I CANNOT OPEN THE EXE FILES AS PER NORMAL.They open with WinAmp as soon as i click on them.Does anybody have the answer to my problem?Thankyou.
Carl
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by:jjcontact
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Try this. Right click on Winamp Equalizer and choose the Options, then preferences. Under preferences are file types that Winamp opens like MP3 and Wav. You deselect the ones you don't want by making them white. See if EXE is in there and disable it.

If that doesn't work, try this next.
Open My computer and click on View, then folder options. Choose the Files types tab and take a look at the EXE extenttion. If you find it there, remove it. Restart and see.
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   Marriage.exe

                 Name:
                       Marriage.exe
                  Type:
                       Winamp File (application/x-msdownload)
              Encoding:
                       base64                                              I tried both suggestions and found no exe selections in either location.Above is the type of file i receive when they open in Winamp,could the sender be sending it in the wrong format?But as i stated in my posting i can forward it to my other system and it opens in the proper format.
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Open My computer and click on View, then folder options. Choose the Files types tab and take a look at the Winamp media file. Click edit and see if EXE is in the "default extention for content type" drop down list. When you click on an exe, do you actually get Winamp up with a wrong media type error message?
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carlbcromwell,

I have now worked on three machines with problems due to Winamp lite, which comes with Netscape. It is always possible to uninstall Winamp lite and when your computer returns to normal, download and install the full Winamp program which is now freeware and has never given me any problems. I am looking again, but the last time I visited the knowledge centers for these companies, neither Winamp or Netscape acknowledged the problems I am seeing with microphone feedback and Winamp "taking over" associations. If I don't come up with anything, I suppose it is possible to do some looking in the registry, but I don't know how comfortable you are with that.
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by:tafederek
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Easy, just right click on the file and "save as" or some variant option will appear, use this.
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by:carlbcromwell
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To JJCONTACT,in ref to your 05:11 am posting,no i don't get any error message when i click on the exe file.Winamp opens and when i press the play button or arrow nothing but noise,because it's an exe file and winamp don't play exe files as you are aware of.What is your registery suggestion as i have a register editing programme and have used it before.Thanks ..Carl
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by:jjcontact
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As a shot in the dark, look at for HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exe and you should see

"Content Type"="application/x-msdownload"
@="exefile"
or see if it has Winamp.

Also check [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\CLASSES\.exe] for the same thing.
You didn't find it listed in the winamp associations?
I am stumped.
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Guess what.  Now it is 4 machines.  Spent today a the neighbors with another Winamp lite feedback problem. I really think you should just uninstall Winamp lite and get the full version.
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i DUMPED WINAMP LITE AND GOT THE FULL VERSION.tHAT TOOK CARE OF THE PROBLEM.
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Has worked on all the machines so far. Thanks for the points.
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