Unable to play music from external HDD

By Mark Fuller
Mar 16, 2011
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  1. I have a Dell Inspiron 530 with vista and every time i try to play a song from my external hdd i get an error message that says "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Set associations control panel.
  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,886

    This is the normal instruction for setting up a file association.

    1. Open Default Programs by clicking the Start button, typing "default programs" and then clicking Default Programs in the pop up list.
    2. Click on Associate a file type or protocol with a program.
    This opens a list of extensions.
    3. Choose the extension of the files that you wish to open then click on change program button.
    4. Select the program you wish to associate the file with and click Ok.

    If you have already done this try right clicking on the file and selecting open with then choose the player.
  3. Mark Fuller

    Mark Fuller TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 146

    Problem Solved

    I did that and it opened the file to windows media player but it had no sound. I then downloaded a fix from microsoft and it solved the problem.
  4. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,886

    Please provide the link for the fix as it may help other people reading this thread.

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