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Why is there two instances of WMP for playing mp3's in IE7?

In the area under "Tools > Internet options > Programs tab > "associate a file type or protocol with a program" > mp3

mp3 is the ONLY audio file type that has *two* instances of WMP. All other common audio formats only show the single instance of WMP (and it works btw).

How could the .mp3 file assocation end up with two WMP entries? Only one plays mp3s. The other does nothing. How do I remove the orphaned WMP instance?
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johnb6767

8/22/2022 - Mon
johnb6767

I dont have what you are seeing... Can you please post a screenshot? I can tell you in the registry where the others Defualt Applications are under the program tabs, but I dont have what you are seeing......
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saxguy

Sure thing here it is:

Associated-filetypes.jpg
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saxguy

What do you think JohnB?
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sramesh2k

Hi saxguy,

Download FileExtInfo from the following URL, and generate a file association report for the affected file type (.mp3)

FileExtInfo - View the association settings for a file type easily:
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/fileextinfo.htm

Post the association report along with your reply.
johnb6767

Sorry I missed coming back to this one....

Do this as well.....

start>run>cmd.exe

reg query "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.mp3" /s >MP3.txt
reg query "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mp3file" /s >>mp3.txt

Then upload MP3.txt please....
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saxguy

here's the results
MP3.txt
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johnb6767

From the looks of it, you have a duplicate entry... But then again, so do I.... But only one instance to choose from....

Let see what sramesh2k can add.....
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saxguy

here is the 2nd report
FileExtInfo.txt
sramesh2k

The Open With list gets the entries from these locations (and possibly other areas as well)

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.MP3\OpenWithList]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.MP3\OpenWithProgids]

Open Regedit.exe and navigate to the above keys. Backup each of them by exporting to separate REG files, and then delete the branch.
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saxguy

I backed up OpenWithList and OpenWithProgids separately. Do I delete each of these now or the whole .mp3 branch?
sramesh2k

Delete each of those keys. Let the .mp3 branch remain.
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saxguy

deleted, then restared IE7....both WMP instances remain
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saxguy

any other ideas guys?
sramesh2k

Hi saxguy,

Can you generate a Process Monitor log (to track what happens when "Open With" dialog opens).

Example:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/939896

Once completed, Zip the .PML (log file) and upload it.
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saxguy

It's not allowing the PML inside the zip:

The extension of one or more files in the archive is not in the list of allowed extensions: Logfile.PML
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sramesh2k

I can compress PML files correctly here (using the default Zip support). Right-click on the .PML file > Send To > Compressed Folder. If that does not work, you may try 7-Zip.
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saxguy

Nope won't take the zipped PML....just emailed to work and trying from there...I'll change the extension and you can change it back
Logfile.zip
sramesh2k

Ah! I have a 32-bit system, and Process Monitor (32-bit) can't open the PML file created in 64-bit  version of Process Monitor.
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saxguy

ahhh!
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saxguy

I already deleted the two keys from your previous suggestion:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.MP3\OpenWithList]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.MP3\OpenWithProgids]

which didn't work.

But deleted this one:
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.MP3\OpenWithProgIds]

...and IT WORKS! Nice JOB!!!

One instance of WMP and it works when selected to play MP3's.

Thank you for hanging in there in solving this especially tough case sramesh!!
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sramesh2k

Thanks for the comments, saxguy. Glad those instructions worked! Long time back I wrote an article on how to remove Open With items listing, which lists out the registry locations which are queried by Windows to populate the Open With menu & dialog.

How To: Clear unwanted Open With entries
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/openwith.htm

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saxguy

great tips there as well..thanks for the link
johnb6767

I knew if anyone could nail it, he would..... Good work....
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