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missing option when i connect mp3 player with xp.

Dec 9, 2010 11:18PM PST

i got this replacement pc the other day as my old one died on me.
with my old one i could plug in my mp3 player and i would then get a list of choices as to what i wanted to do with it.

synch the files with wmp.
take no action.
open files in windows nt.

i would choose the last option and everything would be fine.
now though with this new pc[and obviously a different copy of xp home] i only get the choice of the first 2.

i've just spent ages trying to stop wmp automatically wanting to synch my player everytime i connected it. thankfully it looks like that was successful.

however is there a way to get the 'open files in nt' choice back in that list of options?
without it my player is more or less useless now.

all help will be greatly appreciated, thank you.

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Just a guess.
Dec 9, 2010 11:46PM PST

Given no make or model of the MP3 player I'm left to guess that some driver was installed that offered such an option.

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Re: open files in nt
Dec 10, 2010 12:11AM PST

It's more likely to be something like "Open folder in Explorer". And that, of course, can be done by running Explorer and going to the drive. Which should make it useful again.


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open files
Dec 10, 2010 1:29AM PST

thanks for replying. yes you are right, it was windows explorer.
the mp3 player is a sansa sandisk clip+ 2gb.

you'll have to excuse my ignorance but i am not computer savvy at all. how do i run windows explorer?
i've found it in programs-accessories-windows explorer, but when i click on it i get sent to my documents.
i just don't know how to activate it.


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All levels of expertise arrive here.
Dec 10, 2010 2:55AM PST

But you seem to be missing the basic windows skills. For example you could google what explorer is in windows and you could or maybe not have double clicked on the usual My Computer on the desktop to see drive c and other drives of this computer.

You'll catch up soon.

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Dec 10, 2010 5:01AM PST

i know that it is an interface for accessing the file systems of windows.

i have double-clicked on drive c, and i obviously get a page of folders. i click 'windows' and find a couple of icons that say 'explorer'.
i don't understand how this can help me with my original problem, how do you 'run' windows explorer, i don't get it, what do you mean by 'run'?
do you mean 'internet explorer?

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Sorry no.
Dec 10, 2010 5:11AM PST

I would have to hold some classes in basic windows skills so I fear I can't help you further.

I did drop a hint you could double click on my computer but this failed as well. There are many fine books if classes, google and friends fail you.

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OK, no Explorer then.
Dec 10, 2010 6:38AM PST

Then (as Bob suggests) My Computer, or Computer (depending on your OS) to go to that drive. It's about the same as Explorer that you already ran, so I doubt if it will make a difference. But it's worth a try.