File Associations in Win XP SP3

By braaiman ยท 5 replies
Mar 23, 2010
  1. Hi

    I wonder if anybody can help with the following problem. I use VLC as my default video program, and had a problem with .mkv files. This was sorted out by updating VLC to the latest version. The .mkv files were for some reason associated with Internet Explorer, and it took ages to find a way to assoicate these with the VLC program. The normal way of just changing the program didn't work because IE seemed to want to hang on to them.

    Now the problem is this, if I click on an .mkv file I receive a message that VLC is unable to open the file, however if I cick on the VLC program and then File Open and then on the file it opens and plays as it should. Anybody have any idea why this should be happening.

    Thank You
  2. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    You could try this.
  3. braaiman

    braaiman TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Tks for your reply and advice, but unfortunately thats exactly what I did and yet at the end of it, Windows still showed that file type associated with IE.

    Judging from the fact that I have not seen this problem reported anywhere on the forums, I am wondering if there might not be a problem with a corrupt file in windows.

    Thanks anyway
  4. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    might be a problem with the registry, in which you could restore if you made a backup, but i wouldn't recommend going and modifying entries yourself, but go here for a list reg files that could possibly fix the associations. just make sure to make a backup of the registry beforehand.
  5. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    This is just a "stab in the dark" if you want to try.... but you might want to try resetting IE (which will remove all IE add-ons, etc) in guess something added to IE is grabbing that mkv file association.
  6. braaiman

    braaiman TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Thanks for the replies and advice. EXCellR8, yes a registry restore did the trick, only problem was I had to go back to the only back up I made which was a long long time ago, that should teach me something. LookinAround, thanks for your advice, but managed to solve the problem without resetting IE.

    Regards to you both
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