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Every file I download opens up with Windows Media Player

Dec 14, 2017 8:02PM PST

How do I solve this issue? I tried downloading Project Diva for PC (It's free) but when I download the file, It doesn't have the file icon. It has the empty paper icon with the windows media player logo over it. When I click it, instead of installing, it goes to Windows media player and tries playing a video but can't even do that.

I have Windows 7, if that information is needed to solve the problem.

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Post was last edited on December 15, 2017 2:56 AM PST

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Dec 15, 2017 2:59AM PST

You say "every file", but you mention only one.

Please tell the full filename including extension of the file (like .mov, .pdf, .jpg, .exe) you downloaded. If you don't know how to determine that, google it or ask here.

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Re: Re: WMP
Dec 15, 2017 6:55PM PST

The file extension is .rar

I just don't get it. About a month ago, downloads were fine, but now, it tries to find a program to "open it up with". And it always automatically resorts to Windows media player.

When I download almost anything, it does this. I don't know how to fix this.

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right clk on the file
Dec 15, 2017 7:00PM PST

then choose the proper program to open it, some zip program. Also if there, check the box to "always use this program for these files".

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Re: right clk on the file
Dec 15, 2017 7:26PM PST

But what program do I use?

(Sorry, I'm kind of a noob to computers)

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Dec 15, 2017 10:38PM PST
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Re: rar-file
Dec 16, 2017 12:27AM PST

My recommendation to open a .rar-file is 7zip from Download the exe or the msi of version 16.04 for your version of Windows (32 or 64 bit). Then, in Windows Explorer, run that install program.
When it's installed, you can choose 7Zip from the right click menu in Windows Explorer on a .rar file and extract the contents.

.rar is rarely used for legitimate downloads. But it's more or less common for cracked stuff. We don't recommend downloading cracked stuff.