Ask OnSoftware: Set the default media player in Windows 7

Ask OnSoftware: Set the default media player in Windows 7

A few days ago reader Michael contacted us with the following question:

I have Windows 7 and want to make my KMP Player my default media player, but when I go to assign a default player, Windows doesn’t show any of the media players I have purchased or downloaded.

Actually, there are several ways to change the default media player (or other program) that Windows 7 uses to open specific file types. Let’s take a look at them, one by one:

The first one, and most obvious, is changing file association within the program you want to use as default. Most programs include an option in their configuration settings that allows you to select the file types you want to open by default.

Change default media player in Windows 7

Sometimes you can even set up these preferences while you’re installing the program. From that moment on, Windows will recognize it as the default app to open the selected file types.

Change default media player in Windows 7

Another way to change a default app in Windows 7 is using the files you want to associate with it. Right click any of them and go to Open with. You’ll open a menu with all the available programs on your system that are suitable to open that file type. Bear in mind though that this file association will only work this time.

Change default media player in Windows 7

If you don’t see the program you want to use on this list, click Choose default program… and select it from there. Don’t forget to tick the “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file” option if you want to make this file association permanent.

Change default media player in Windows 7

But if for any reason you don’t see the program in this list, simply click the Browse button and look for it on your hard drive. You’ll need to select the program’s executable file.

Change default media player in Windows 7

Michael, I hope this solves your problem and you’re finally able to set up KMPlayer as your default media player. Remember you can all keep on sending questions and doubts to ask@onsoftware.com so that we can provide handy solutions for you and all our readers.

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