In the media pla<x>yer:<br />
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Click the arrow below the Now Playing tab, click More Options, and then click the File Types tab. <br />
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Select the check boxes of the file types for which you want the Pla<x>yer to be the default pla<x>yer. <br />
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The Pla<x>yer may not be able to play a file even though you have selected its file type. This can occur if the file uses a codec that is not installed on your computer. For information about codecs, including how to download them, see the Codecs FAQ.<br />
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The Pla<x>yer can play other file types but cannot be set as the default pla<x>yer for them. For more information about all of the file types that the Pla<x>yer supports, see the Microsoft Web site.<br />
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Clear the check boxes of the file types (formats) for which you do not want the Pla<x>yer to be the default pla<x>yer.<br />
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Clearing the check box next to a file type restores the file type association to the previous default pla<x>yer, if one was specified. If no default pla<x>yer was previously specified and you try to play a file, a Windows dialog box will be displayed so that you can select the program you want to play the file.<br />
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If a check box appears dimmed, the Pla<x>yer has only partial ownership of the file type. Multiple file name extensions are assigned to the file type, but the Pla<x>yer only plays some of those extensions by default. To give the Pla<x>yer full ownership of a file type, double-click the dimmed check box.

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You're so nice Dorian.. that was a lot of typing...

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Actually, it was a simple cut and paste.... it's in the Media Player's help information (While in Media Player, press F1). I used to do technical support for Symantec back in the early days of the computer age.

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when I try to play A download I get a message saying " the selected file has an extension that is not recoginised by windows media player".

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If you follow the directions above and you don't see the extension listed, then it will not play in the windows media player. What is the extension of the movies you are downloading? You may simply need a converter.

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I dont know the extention or how to get the extention info.

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I guess the question becomes, when you are downloading the movie does it save to a local file or do you watch it using streaming?

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More easily asked, where are you getting the movies from?

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I have hughesnet and it came with a downlosd manager and it saves downloads to c: on my pc and I get the movies from www.mylifetime.com

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and i can watch videos just fine while streaming

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Those movies require the supplied movie viewer so that you have to watch the commercials. They do not use a format that Windows Media Player can read.

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thank you for your time, i guess the same goes for all media players?

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There are some formats that people have learned to hack and do so, such as from You Tube or Daily Motion. It is easy to find convertors for those formats on the web. But the feature length films and television shows folks normally don't bother with as they can use Bit Torrent to download most of them from a pirate site or server.

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I now understand thank you once again

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