Cannot Play Audio CD - double click gives 'program does not have association" error

Posted on 2009-05-02
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have a Windows Vista Home system.  When I put in an Audio CD and double click the CD or Right Click and choose open, I receive:

"This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action.  Create an association in the Set Associations control panel."

If I explorer the CD and double click on one of the .cda files, it open just fine in Windows Media Player.

In Control Panel >> AutoPlay I have Audio CD and Enhanced Audio CD set to "Play audio CD using Windows Media Player"

In the Registry:
are both set to a Hex value of 91

This is happening on all my music CDs.  

Any help is appreciated.

Question by:ltlbearand3
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To set the default autoplay action for media/devices:
Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\AutoPlay

If you want to associate a program with a particular file extension:
Control Panel\Programs\Default Programs\Set Associations
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Alternatively you can right-click on the type of file you want to associate, click "Open With | Choose default program..." and browse to the application you wish to associate the file type with.
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In my original post you will note that I already have autoplay options and file associations set.  I need to know what else can be done for this error.  Thanks.

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To confirm:  Control Panel\Programs\Default Programs\Set Associations is correctly listing .cda files as a CD Audio Track to be opened in Windows Media Player?

Personally I'd try associating the file type(s) with another player, verifying that works and then setting it back to Windows Media Player.

You could see if there is a problem with the system files I suppose.  Try:  sfc /scannow
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.cda shows as CD Audio Track when associatied with Windows Media Player
Change .cda to open with Media Monkey
Set AutoPlay for audio CD to Media Monkey
Ran sfc /scannow - found no problems
Rebooted Machine

Still have error message.

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Just got it solved, but not completely sure what the culprit was.

I starting going back through all my installed programs to see what I had changed in the last month or so.  Found two programs I had installed (Wave Pad Sound Editor and SpeSoft Audio Converter).  I uninstalled both (should have done one at a time - argh!)  Then my Audio CDs started working again.

I re-installed each program one at a time to see which one caused the problem.  However, the audio CD is still working after both programs have been re-installed.  One of them must have gotten corrupted somehow.

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