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Cannot Associate .asx with WMP using GPP

Posted on 2011-02-20
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Hi,

20 of our Windows XP SP2 PCs have VLC Player installed thus .asx file extension is defaultly associated with VLC instead of Windows Media Player 11.

I would like to re-associate the file back to WMP11 and have done the following, however this doesnt seem to work.

1. Created a Group Policy Preference
User Configuration>Preferences>Control Panel Settings>Folder Options>Opent With
   Name: asx
   Action: Replace
   Association: C:\Program FIles\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe
   Set as Default
   
Background Info
Windows Server 2003 R2 Std 32
RSAT - to administer GP
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Have you installed CSEs on client computers?
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc731892(WS.10).aspx

Do you see the setting in "RSOP" on client computer?
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/Q_24200602.html 
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This is an article I wrote for using GPP to set file associations. You should be able to use the steps listed but modify for the filetype you want to use.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/File_Servers/Active_Directory/A_4133-Setting-file-associations-with-group-policy-preferences.html
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20 Machines?

In the time it took to post this and wait for a response you could have manually done it and it would be over.  Hour and a half or two hours tops.
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@davorin:  No i havent installed CSE on client computers.  Will give that a go.  And yes i do see that the GPO is being applied.

@xxdcmast:  Thats a great article will use that as the guide.  cheers

@pwindell:  That's true.  You might get the job done... but gained no knowledge of the topic..

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CSE's are a must before using GPP. If they are not installed the client can not run the GPP. This might be your major issue. But my article covers all the necessary pre-reqs.
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I'm about getting the job done,... that's what I do.
Get the job done and move on.

But for the sake of discussion, I would probably go to a machine that is correct,..use Regedit to export the correct Key to a "reg" file and try to import it into the target with a Startup Script so it ran under System Authority rather than user authority.  However that depends on whether it is in the HKLU or HKLM part of the Registry.

But that is just for the sake of discussion,...I never use Start Up scripts and I am not totally sure how I would choose run it in the script anyway.
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