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windows vista 32bit-MEDIA PLAYER wont play link w/out savin

by misteronline / December 3, 2009 12:44 AM PST

Media player -wont play the audio file without having to save it first.How can i get to play audio like it did when i first got it?

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Do you mean
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 3, 2009 5:48 AM PST

Do you mean the audio file will not play directly from within the web site?

If so, check to see if your browser add-on has been disabled.

If you mean that you want to 'download and run' the file but the browser keeps popping up with "What do you want to do with this file?", then select your preferred action, and then see if there is an option in that pop-up that says "Always do this in future with this type of file".

However, we don't recommend download and running files without checking them for viruses first.


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Browser add on media player?
by misteronline / December 13, 2009 8:49 PM PST
In reply to: Do you mean

How do i check if my browser add on has been disabled(if not then what)should i try a newer version of internet explorer.......or what?

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 25, 2009 8:57 PM PST

My apologies misteronline. I received your email and now see I missed your reply above, and never responded. I am very sorry for that.

The web site link you provided in your other discussion here doesn't work for us, so we can't test the problem you were having with that web site.

Can you provided another web site link of an example where there is an audio file you want to listen to, but, when you click on the link, you are asked to save the file to your computer?

If you are using Internet Explorer version 7 or 8, then you can check the IE Add-ons by opening IE, and going to Tools > Manage Add-ons. Look for any Media Player add-ons and see if they are enabled or disabled. You may have to click the "Show" button to list all of the add-ons currently installed.

But, we would prefer to see a web site where this is happening to you, as we can then test and learn more about the problem.

For example: Web sites can hold files like audio files in different ways. Some web sites will display a link to an audio file which, when you click it, will only allow you to download the file to your own computer. Other web sites are so coded that, when you click a link to an audio file, it will play the file from within the web site itself. That is called "Streaming", but that is wholly controlled by the web site itself. What I mean is, the web site designer chooses whether to allow streaming, or whether the file is only for downloading.

There is another factor. Even if the web site(s) you visit only allow files to be downloaded, your browser can offer you the option to "Download and save" the file, or "Download and Run" the file. As Grif said in the other discussion, we do not recommend users to "Download and Run", because that does not give the user the chance to scan the downloaded file for viruses before opening it to run it. We much prefer to suggest that any downloaded files are 'saved', so that the user can then scan the downloaded file with their anti-virus scanner before running the file.

In Internet Explorer this option to Download and Run or Save is held in Tools > Internet options, then the Security tab. Highlight the "Internet" globe, then click the "Custom level" button. In the new window, scroll down and look for "Downloads", then;

Under "Automatic prompting for file downloads" - click Enable.

Under 'File downloads", and select "Enable". Click OK.

Then click the "Advanced" tab, scroll down to "Multimedia", and select "Play sounds in web pages". Click Apply, then OK.

I hope that helps.


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Mark heres a link that wants me to save it rather than play.
by misteronline / January 2, 2010 4:45 AM PST
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Works with me.
by Kees Bakker / January 2, 2010 4:56 AM PST

If I click on the "Pray the Chaplet ... with us on audio"-link it opens Windows Media Player and starts playing. The link is:

So it it doesn't work with you, go to Control Panel>Folder Options>Filetypes, find the .wma extension and check its properties (under Advanced). Important points are:
- is the default (bold) set to "Play"
- is the checkbox for "confirm download" unchecked (blank)


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cant find filetypes
by misteronline / January 12, 2010 12:09 AM PST
In reply to: Works with me.

i found folder options cant find filetypes or wma extension????

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Vista makes it more difficult
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 12, 2010 4:16 AM PST
In reply to: cant find filetypes
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