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Change the default program for all users in XP

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I need some help with changing the default program for AVI's from Windows Media Player to Media Player Classic. I can do this on a user basis but I would prefer to make the program the default for all users. Does anyone know how to do this.
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if you're on a windows 2008 domain you can use group policy prefrernces for this.  Here's a list of some and some links to get you on the way,

    Applications: Extensible for ISVs to create simple Group Policy preference settings for their applications.
    Drive Maps: Create, modify, or delete mapped drives, and configure the visibility of all drives.
    Environment: Create, modify, or delete environment variables.
    Files: Copy, modify the attributes of, replace, or delete files.
    Folders: Create, modify, or delete folders.
    Ini Files: Add, replace, or delete sections or properties in configuration settings (.ini) or setup information (.inf) files.
    Network Shares: Create, modify, or delete ("un-share") shares.
    Registry: Copy registry settings and apply them to other computers. Create, replace, or delete registry settings.
    Shortcuts: Create, modify, or delete shortcuts.

Control Panel settings

    Data Sources: Create, modify, or delete Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) data source names.
    Devices: Enable or disable hardware devices or classes of devices.
    Folder Options: Configure folder options; create, modify, or delete Open With associations for file name extensions; create, modify, or delete file name extensions associated with a type of files.
    Internet Settings: Modify user-configurable Internet settings.
    Local Users and Groups: Create, modify, or delete local users and groups.
    Network Options: Create, modify, or delete virtual private networking (VPN) or dial-up networking (DUN) connections.
    Power Options: Modify power options and create, modify, or delete power schemes.
    Printers: Create, modify, or delete TCP/IP, shared, and local printer connections.
    Regional Options: Modify regional options.
    Scheduled Tasks: Create, modify, or delete scheduled or immediate tasks.
    Services: Modify services.
    Start Menu: Modify Start menu options.



    Group Policy Preferences FAQ
    http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/technologies/featured/gp/preferencesfaq.mspx
    An Overview of Group Policy Preferences
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=42e30e3f-6f01-4610-9d6e-f6e0fb7a0790&DisplayLang=en 

for something like this, I usually use the GPP to modify the registry at the computer level

This link might have some more detail.

http://josephadaly.com/setting-files-associations-with-group-policy-preferences 
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Would like to have known how to do this in the registry without having to reply on GPP.
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>Would like to have known how to do this in the registry without having to reply on GPP.

Ahem... this is what is done on the first link : http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/Q_26368095.html
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