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If you’d rather play CDs with the generic Windows CD Player applet than Windows Media Player (or another player application), you can change some file associations to make the Windows player your default.

Today, it’s not uncommon for a user to install several different types of audio software on the system (such as Real Player and Windows Media Player). The problem is that each type of software wants to install itself as the default CD player applet. If you’d rather play CDs with the little generic Windows CD Player applet rather than waiting for Windows Media Player (or another player application) to load, you can change some file associations. Open My Computer, click View, Folder Options, then click the File Types tab. Scroll down to Audio CD, select it, and then click the Edit button. Select the Play action, click Edit again, and under “Application Used To Perform Action” type C:WINDOWSCdplayer.exe. Click OK and then click Close twice to exit. Now try your CD again.

Formerly part of Computer Currents, Stephen J. Bigelow’s Computer Advisor column has been resurrected on computeruser.com as a daily tech tip column. Find Stephen at www.dlspubs.com.

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