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For most files or programs on my computer the response comes up, windows cannot open this file, to open this file windows needs to know the program that created it. It gives two options to either use a web service which gets me no where because I cannot download anything, and to select a program in the list is impossible. Can you help please

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Hi shepand kate,

Each file has an extension that tells windows what type it is. There is an index file that cross references this extension with what to do do with it when you do something to it. Like execute, or Open. If it's Open, It keeps track of what program opens it.

If possible, run Explorer. From the menu bar click Tools. Select Folder Options. Click the File Types Tab. This is where this index is accessed.

Get back to me when you find it.
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Which type of file do you want to run or play???

Posted on Aug 23, 2008

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    Narmada Anand Aug 23, 2008

    If you open a file with 3gp extension then you could not use windows media player.For this type of file you need Quick Time Player(QTP).When you dont have QTP then that 'select programme' dialog box will appear.This above mentioned was an example.....

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    Narmada Anand Aug 23, 2008

    In short, A particular file extension which cannot be played by any player or installer, then this box will appear, asking you for an alternate player and I dont think this is a virus as this is usual...

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There may be virus in your pc ...so just check for virus in it ....due to virus you will get this kind of problem .....

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