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Windows Media Center killed my computer


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#1 HelpINeedHelp

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 06:22 PM

Windows Media Center killed my laptop! I tried to access a file that could not be opened and I foolishly chose Media Center to do the job. It is now the default opener for almost ALL my programs. I can't access Firefox and instead Media Center is opened! Please help!!!!!

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 06:44 PM

Try this:

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_easy_file.htm

Note that this is for Windows XP.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 06:54 PM

Any Windows 7 Version?

Edit: Also note that I am using my XP computer and it's my Windows 7 laptop that has the problem and since virtually I can't access Firefox, I need some way to change my default program opener manually. Thanks.


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Edited by tg1911, 19 February 2011 - 02:10 AM.


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Posted 09 February 2011 - 07:04 PM

You could try this:

http://www.windowsvalley.com/restore-default-file-association-in-windows-vista-and-windows-7/

WARNING!!! This suggestion involves editing of the registry. Improper editing of the registry can cause your computer to become unbootable. ALWAYS backup your registry before modifying the registry.

To backup your registry, create a System Restore point. Alternatively, you can use the free utility ERUNT to create backups of your registry: http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 07:27 PM

I tried to find Registry Editor. I couldn't find any program.


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Posted 09 February 2011 - 07:38 PM

Click on the start button (bottom left of screen) and input "regedit" in the search bar and press Enter.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 07:50 PM

I actually did find that out. And guess what? Regedit is "blocked" by Windows Media Center and when I try to access that tool Windows Media Center opens up instead. Any way around this?


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Posted 09 February 2011 - 08:05 PM

Try this instead:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950505
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Posted 10 February 2011 - 12:08 AM

OK, I am at a stand still. When I reach the step to type REG IMPORT exe.reg, the command says that it encountered an error. Any way around this?


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Posted 10 February 2011 - 12:37 AM

Try double-clicking on the Exe.reg file you created.
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Posted 10 February 2011 - 12:53 PM

System restore is always an option if you got your files backed up on a flash drive

I would NOT mess with the registry unless you know what you are doing

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 06:37 PM

System Restore is unfortunately "blocked" by Windows Media Center. AKA: If I try to System restore, Windows Media Center pops up instead.

BTW: I was able to access Firefox on my laptop bypassing WMC. All I had to do was go to "default programs", "set default programs" and then to Mozilla Firefox and then click mozilla.com. Surprisingly I was able to by-pass WMC. Any other way to access System Restore?

EDIT: I also was able to find a way to access UTorrent by downloading a torrent file.


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Edited by tg1911, 19 February 2011 - 02:13 AM.


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Posted 10 February 2011 - 06:38 PM

Try double-clicking on the Exe.reg file you created.

You mean I click the exe.reg on were I saved it or in Command?

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 06:53 PM

Where you saved it.
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Posted 10 February 2011 - 07:00 PM

Whenever I click it and say yes, my computer always says "The registry is not a binary file". What now?

BTW: When I try to backup my files, my computer has an error and just says "unspecified error".


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