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missing information in details pane for media files (such as song length)

Q: missing information in details pane for media files (such as song length)

I googled the problem and NOTHING!!!!! many information NO LONGER is displayed in my details pane in Windows Explorer!!!!!! song length is one of them gone missing (& total length if multiple files are selected) and I use that frequently!!!!! it ONLY shows basic information now such as artist, title, album, and genre!!! but total length is GONE!!! also MANY UNRELATED INFORMATION is now in the details pane for media files!!!!!!! mood of music has been added (never heard of that tag), song rating, and composer now have been added!!!! it even displays ALL THIS SAME INFORMATION for WAV files when it used to be ONLY file size and length for WAV files!!!!!!! WAV is NOT capable of tags so I don't know why Windows Explorer shows this information for WAV files!!!!!!

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A: missing information in details pane for media files (such as song length)

Can you post a screen shot of what you are seeing?

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How can I re-associate .mp4 files with video details displaying in the Details Pane? After installing the K-lite codecs pack, my mp4's all began displaying in the details pane as audio files (Album, Artist etc) and no longer displays the important video default details (size, frame height, bitrate etc). I assume it was because of incorrectly associating file types when installing the codecs (even though wmv's, avi's are still correct), so I uninstalled the codecs but the Details categories remain for typical audio files. I've exhausted The Google and I'm stumped... any help? (Win7, 32-bit with VLC as my default player) Thanks!

A:Details Pane associating mp4 video files with audio details

Have you tried resetting your Folder Templates?

Folder Template - Default

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I have this problem with the vista details pane and I have not been able to find any solution. I have Windows Vista 32 bit Home Premium version. The problem is that:
1. My details pane is missing a lot of properties/tags . Only ones that are appearing are file date, file name, dated created.
2. When I go into a MP3 folder, same thing happens as I described in 1. Just the 4 tags appear and I don?t get any other tags that used to be there like artist name, rating, title, etc.
3. I cannot edit any Tag in the details pane. When everthing was working fine, I could go in the MP3 folder , I could edit the title, ratings etc. and Save it. But now I can?t do anything, the save button does not appear and the tags don?t go in edit mode.
Up till now I have tried the following solutions:
1. I have reset all the folder options in Vista by going to Folders/tools/reset defaults. (did not work)
2. After resetting the folders, I have also turned on the details pane option under Organize/Layout and the details under the Views. (did not work)
3. Under View, in the tool bar, I went to Customize This Folder and chose the Music Folder Option, All Items etc. (did not work)
4. Then on the Microsoft site, I found this solution ? Open Documents by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Documents., and click a file to apply properties. Then In the Details pane at the bottom of the folder window, click the property that you want to change, type the new property in the Tags.? But it did not work ei... Read more

A:Missing Properties/Tags in Details Pane


Is this only for mp3 files?

You said "when everything was working fine" what happened? did you download a new program? (itunes,vlc)

If it wasn't that long ago, you could try system restore.

Did you use a "registry cleaner" or an "optimizer"?

On the properties window, general tab, what is it set to "open with"?

good luck

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My friend has MSN Messenger 7.5, with the Messenger Plus 3 add-on. She used to be able to display the song she's listening to as a personal message, but she can't anymore. The "display song information from Windows Media Player as a personal message" box in her settings is still enabled and there is no known reason to this problem. She already updated and reinstalled both MSN and Windows Media, and she even reformatted her hard drive, but the problem has not been solved.

She uses Windows Media Player 10 to listen to music, under Windows XP SP2. Thanks for any help you can provide.

Edit: By the way, she has trouble with her sound card drivers. Could that be the problem? She can listen to music just fine, though.

A:Solved: MSN Messenger: Song information from Windows Media not displaying

Update: She installed Messenger 8, and the problem is still the same.

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Every song I play, the same picture for the "album" shows up every time (mine is the A Static Lullaby album cover). What is wrong and how do I change this?

A:WMP 10 Media Information Pane...

Hi Allen,

When you use the term "media information pane", you're talking about the Library screen display... the pane below the center Details pane... the pane where information from your currently selected online store is displayed? Right?

Left click on "Help", at the top of your screen, to trigger the drop down menu. Click on the Contents and Index. Up comes the 2 page help screen. On the left side, on the "search" page, enter "media information pane" and click on the display button. Check out the entry on the right side page...

What happens when you hide the pane, by clicking on the "More Info" button?
Also, there is a link at the bottom of the page, "To update information about an album". Does it help?


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My Windows Media Player 9 Music Library settings will not automatically update media information for files which were copied from CD's. These CD's were copied over several months but the missing media data i.e. '01 Track 1' is intact. I have done this successfully in the past with no issues.

I added the correct folder for monitoring with the following settings in Tools - Options - Media Library:
Update files by retrieving missing information from internet.
Only add missing information.
Find media information for music copied with another program.

I restarted the computer and started the browser before opening WMP9 and waited several hours for it to update with no changes appearing. I tried this with both Explorer and Firefox.

There is no menu item to force media information updates.

Is reinstalling WMP9 the best option at this point?

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I recently used IOBit uninstaller to remove all traces of a program from the registry. I'm assuming it removed something that caused this issue, because after I used it all my program information in Add/Remove programs was missing. However, other users on my PC show all information in Add/Remove programs. Is there a way to repopulate this or would I have to create a new user? Thank you

A:Missing Program information/details in Add/Remove programs

Use a restore point before this happened.

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So I have a MP3 file from a while ago. The song itself is about 2.5 mins long, but every media player displays it as being 16 mins. The track ends when the counter is at 2.5...
So is there a way to get it to display at 2.5 rather than 16?

A:MP3 Song length error

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Can someone help me? i have no idea why this is happening

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I have mp3 files of songs saved on my hard drive. When I import the song to windows movie maker, it makes the song longer. For example, a song is 4:01 minutes long as saved on the hard drive. When I load it into Movie Maker, it says it's 7:53 minutes long. Any ideas on how to fix this? I've tried numerous songs and it's always the same result.


A:Win Movie Maker-audio download extends length of song??

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I'm using Windows 7 Professional x64. When I use Windows Explorer to view image files (jpg, png, etc.), I would like to see each image's dimensions listed in the Details Pane (when it's set to view the images as Icons/Thumbnails, rather than Details). However, the only details that show up in the Details Pane are Name, Type, Date Created, Date Modified, and Size. This is the case even though:

* I've checked 'Dimensions' in the 'Choose Details' options
* The folder is already categorized/optimized for 'Pictures'
* Other folders show the other details I want -- i.e., the Details Pane for my 'Videos' folder shows Length, Frame Width, Frame Height, and other details that I've chosen

Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.


A:Need for details in Details Pane

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A long story short is that my cat ran over my keyboard and now all my folders have a preview/details pane I can't get rid of. I read it could be removed by going to Folder Options, General, Use Classic View. Well guess what, there is no classic view! I included two screenshots to show my problem.

Lack of Classic option

A:Preview/details pane won't go away!

Alt + p

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A fairly simple question:

Has anyone tried to (or found a third party app) that can put the details pane back to the bottom of the File Explorer windows, like it was in 7. It was of great use to me when reading tags and other information. In 8, it just takes needless width space from the windows.

A:Explorer's Details Pane

Shell32.dll but modifyng it crashes windows 8 (at least in CP/RP), havent tried in RTM yet.

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How can I change the color of details pane in Windows Explorer? I'm trying to modify Soft7 visual style to suite my needs.. I've found allmost everything else, but I can't find the way to change this. Is it a bitmap in shellstyle.dll, msstyles, or something else?

A:Details pane customization

Hi Morpheus

Are you using Windows Style Builder?

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So, I upgraded directly from XP, I hated Vista and I hated Win7. So. It's only natural that the omittance of the details + preview hybrid pane being missing causes me a lot of mental insecurity and overall discomfort (not literally :P ).

But point is.

Can I move the details pane from the right to the left, where the tree explorer is located?


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A:Details pane problem help!!

Not sure how you did that but i can not replicate it at all.

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I'm running a machine with Vista Home Premium and in a folder I was looking in there is a details pane at the bottom of the folder. Well, I accidently hit 'Hide The Details Pane" button and poof it was gone. Now I can't figure out how to get the details pane back. Any help would be mucho appreciated.

thanks all,
by the way.....great forum, it's been a lot of help.

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Is there a way to display file folder location in the details pane view?
In the search box I've type *.* and it display all files.  There are duplicate files I want to delete so I want to see which folder they're in without checking each file's properties.

Thanks in advance.

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is there anyway i can display my details panel on the bottom ? like it used to on win 7?

because windows 10 shows it on right hand side, but it's just taking too much of the space on my screen, it's really inconvenient when you open 2 folders and snap to sides and modify files.

A:Possible to display details pane on bottom?

Was just thinking the same thing. Here is how my Win7 workstation looks (about perfect to me! Note Classic Explorer is also running).

...and in Win10. The preview thumbnail image in the details pane cannot be resized (larger).

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Hello! I would like to somehow know how to move the details pane from bottom to the top, like this:

Thank you!

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I have a video folder that I would like organize by genre (i.e.: action, drama, comedy, etc.) but Windows isn't allowing me to add or change existing file details.

I consulted this document and realized the following applies to my situation.


Some properties can't be added or changed. In those cases, clicking next to the value won't change its appearance.

Is there a work-around? (e.g.:Additional software)

A:Adding properties to details pane


Click Here to download abcAVI, save it to your desktop, once download is complete run installer => Open up abcAVI => On the top menu bar the first icon will let you select one movie file to edit, the second icon will allow you to select a whole directory to edit all movie files in it, once in the movie just go down to Genre and choose the one you would like or type in your own => Click Save once done

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How would I add an image to the background of the details pane? The ones highlighted in the screenshot I attached.

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In order to customize which fields are displayed in the details pane for a given file type you can:

1. Run Regedit.
2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\SystemFileAsso ciations\.mp3 (Or whatever file type you want to edit.)
3. Edit the PreviewDetails string.

My question is:
Is there a way to do something similar for folders? Currently, the only info displayed in the details pane when a folder is selected is Date modified, and Availability. I would like to add other details to this pane (Size, Date created etc...). Is this possible?

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I have three computers, and one of them has all of my iTunes music. I tried to burn it all to CD-RW's, only to find that when I put the burned CD-RW into one of my other computers, there was no song information (like title, album, artist etc...) In addition to using the burned CD-RW's to put music on my other computers, I was also planning to use them to back up my music collection in case it is somehow lost. All three computers are Windows XP Home Edition. I plan to delete the CD-RW's and then re-burn them...How do I make it so that the CD-RW's (HP brand CD-RW's) remember the song info?

A:Music CD's won't remember song information...

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As the title says. I first tried to find the album info using WMP, got it, and it changed the file names... but then in the library everything changed back to what it was before. I tried a couple more times with the same result.

I then decided to manually change the info, thinking it was a problem with WMP. Long story short, every change I made disappeared as soon as I hit OK.

But here is the real clincher that has me beating my head against the wall: It is only happening with a certain 15 files that are all in the same album. They have no protection on them, they aren't locked, they aren't hidden, I even checked to see if they were system files. Nothing. Can I get suggestions on this unusual problem? I just can't think of anything else to try, besides getting a hex editor out and trying to change the info that way, but really...


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Does anyone know how to edit the details that appear at the bottom of the screen when you select a file? I'm not talking about the details that you can change when you select view but the one at the very bottom of the screen.
Thank you

A:Edit windows explorer details pane?

Try this:


Once installed, go to the details tab of a files properties, and you can edit them as you wish, which will also appear at the bottom of Windows Explorer.

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For some reason when I go to the layout menu in Vista Exploer (Explorer --> Organize --> Layout) there is no details pane listed. Is there a way to get that back?

I checked to see that "Show Previews and Filters" is selected" and it is. I tried unselecting and reselecting it and that didn't work.


A:can't get details pane in Explorer layout to show up

Hi, the details pane is not under organise it's under View.

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Is there any way to permanently remove or disable all of the various "views" in the Windows 7 Navigation Pane *except* for Details? If a subdirectory contains audio files I *never* want to see "Album" or "Artist" or any of the rest of that garbage. If the subdirectory contains an image file I *never* want to see a thumbnail of images. If I need more information about a file I'll right click on it and select Properties, thankyewverymuch!

In short, when I click anywhere in the left or right panel in the Navigation Pane I never want to see *ANYTHING* except the file name, type, size, and date modified. If it isn't a file (e.g. Network, etc.) just show me a computer or device name, not some massive image of a router or other waste of my time.

Jerry H.

A:Remove All Options Except Details From Navigation Pane

You can modify the folder templates for different folder types like Music, Pictures, etc. where you can specify things like that.

These should get you on track to setting those up:

Folder Template - Change
Folder View - Set a Default for All Folders

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I've been trying to re-organize my photo collection. Previously, I had been using Windows Live Photo Gallery to tag my photos, and admittedly it was convenient. Recently, though, the program has gone on the fritz to where thumbnails aren't loading so it's harder to differentiate photos simply by the file name in cases where I have a lot of photos of the same group or folder. While I've tried a lot of troubleshooting to get the thumbnails to load, and would gladly take advice on that issue, in the meantime I'm trying to accomplish the same thing using the details pane in explorer.

When I highlight a photo right now, most file types load the date stamp, tags, rating, author(s) and comments properties in the details pane. However, I'd like to edit the people properties so I can tag individuals in the photos. I have not seen a way to easily do that short of using other software (such as Photo Gallery).

Does anyone know if there's a way to do this through explorer or will it require a separate application?

A:People tagging of photos using details pane

You are talking about edit Exif data. There are programs out there that allow you to do that.

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Hai Im new here..

Recently I was trying to add comments to movie folders so that i can keep a brief description about it when i click on it. It was easy to add comment then i had a bit trouble to get the comment getting displayed in the details pane...after playing with the registry for a while i got that solved as well.
Now I ended up with a problem where the comment being displayed eds with just some 3 or 4 words with the remaining given in dots (...) and I get a full display of it when i hover the mouse over it, which obviously goes way in 5 seconds or so.

So what i need is to find a way to expand what ever that is shown in the details pane so that it shows the entire content in consecutive lines without being restricted to one line (without having to hover a mouse)

You might get a picture of it if you have a small details pane on the right and make it show your processor details when you open thisPC.

A:Is there any way to show extended detail in the details pane ?

This is what i mean, if no one gets it :P

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The details pane used to show a thumbnail preview of the first page of Adobe Acrobat documents when I selected the file. This was extremely helpful to me due to the nature of how I file these documents, as I didn't have to open the files - I only had to select them. As of this morning, the details pane only shows the name of the document and does not display a thumbnail preview of the first page. How do I fix this? Thank you!!

A:Details Pane No longer showing previews

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I was wondering if you know if there is a way to improve Vista's Video Preview on the Details Pane.

The problem I see is that Vista shows the very 1st second of video, while Windows 7 shows the 4th. That's why many of the video previews on the details pane show a black screen on vista instead of actual video.

If anyone else has the answer, I will be really grateful.

A:Vista vs Windows 7 - Video Preview on Details Pane

I guess you could edit that through the registry, but believe me, lol, to be honest Idk...

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I must apologize in advance for any forthcoming ignorance, as I am a forum newbie. Using Win8.1, I am trying to relocate the Details Pane in Explorer from the space wasting right side to the well fitting & familiar bottom.

Fix I found is here: How To Move Details Pane To The Bottom In Windows 8.1 File Explorer

Has anyone had any experience in general with this tool? Haven't been able to find out any more jnfo either way othter than the link.

Thank you in advance for your time.

A:Win8.1: Reconnect Details Pane to bottom of Explorer

Better use Old New Explorer:
OldNewExplorer - make your 8.1/10 explorer work like Win7/8 one - StartIsBack+ - MSFN Forum

It has some other features but the one you are searching for is one of them. It doesn't always make the hack but it is much safer than patching the shell32.dll

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How do I change the font style in the Windows Explorer details pane using Windows Style Builder?

I have attached a screenshot, I want to change the font inside the red box. More specifically, the font of the text in black.

A:Change the font style in Explorer details pane

Welcome to the Seven Forums
That would be at Styles > TextStyle > BodyText > FONT:FONT

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Hello! Title says everything
Win 8 Enterprise x64, non local administrator user.

I can not change music's rating or other stuff from details pane. In local administrator user I can. Should I change my account type or any help?

Also the music is at external HDD

A:The Details pane - Can not modify Music's Rating and stuff

Check that your files haven't suddenly become "Read-only".

Also try running CHKDSK to check the drive.

After I've used one of my external HDDs at TAFE, my PC claims that it is "Read-only" and it takes several CHKDSK commands to fix the problem.
Of course after CHKDSK is finished, it says that there weren't any problems.

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I do not want to see a large space to the right of my photos & files in file explorer. I want to see the full space filled with them. I have been searching for hours for the mythical "General Tab" which supposedly contains the key but it doesn't seem to exist. Does anyone know if this display is possible?

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I want to make some specific changes to the default Preview Details string for picture files in Windows Explorer. I have found an excellent write-up on how to edit that string using regedit, but the author was only interested in the specific around music. In the attached picture, I show the file properties/attributes that I am interested in placing in the Detail Pane. The current edited string is shown below.


As you can see, some work, others don't. Is there a comprehensive list of these properties and their syntax in the form
that one can refer to when modifying the string?

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Hi, I just re-installed windows 7 on my desktop pc and have a question about the settings of the details pane in windows explorer (the one that appears and the bottom when you select a file). Previously when I selected video files (.mp4, .avi and .mkv) I would get the details at the bottom, the video frame width and height, size of file etc.. but since I reinstalled I don't get these details when I select video files. I know its only a small problem but I work with video files a lot and have gotten used to seeing the resolution of files without having to open them. Does anyone know how I can get the details pane to show these details again? At the moment it only displays the video size, name and state.

Here is a screen-shot of the details pane for a selected .mkv video file on my laptop, this is what I want it to display on my pc.

A:Solved: Windows explorer details pane for videos problem

Is the folder set as a "Video" type?
Look at the properties of the folder, and there you will see a drop down list for the type.

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Screenshot of my situation: http://i31.tinypic.com/e8txr7.png

I am aware that most or all of these song files do actually contain information on them, since I had them in an old computer, and everything was just fine. On this machine all the columns show blank.

I got tons of song files from various sources and none of them show any information under folder explorer. When I add them to the Winamp playlist the tags show normally, however by hitting Properties > Summary on any file I don't see any information there as well.

Thank you for your time, in advance.

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Please could someone tell me how to view the length of a playlist in Windows Media Player 11 on Windows XP?


A:Windows Media Player 11 Playlist Length

Open up media player. Click the library tab then select the playlist you want the length of.
Click "edit in list pane"

It will tell you how many items in the play list and the duration of the play list.

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Hey all,
Well...I finally got my Media Player 11 working again after an issue with firefox. After opening it today...I was reminded of an old problem I had been having with WMP 11. I have duplicate songs almost EVERYWHERE!!!
I had been trying to fix this for a quite a while but have come to no clear solution for it. This issue is probably my fault in the fact that when I moved my music from PC to now PC about 11 months ago, I put the Itunes Music files on 2 DVD's, and moved them into 2 different folders in my computer. Also, the music I've downloaded from the internet recently is spread throughout my hard drive. In simpler terms...my music is scattered throughout my PC and I don't want to move it around at risk of Itunes not recognizing where I moved it to causing me a huge headache and a long night moving things back. When media player "automatically" monitors folders for music, It finds the foldered song as well as the song in the Itunes Library, causing up to three of the same song, but from different locations.

Is there any way that you can just sync your itunes library to your Media Player 11 library, and have media player not monitor anything but the itunes library, so that when I add a song to Itunes, it also shows up in WMP, to prevent duplicates?

Any Suggestions?
Thanks in advance!


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my computer is stuck with same MP3 song.
i had a mp3 song on my computer which i have deleted already but still all my media players (VLC,WMP,winamp) play that same file i have deleted.

i have got new mp3 and still the same.
any suggestion please..

A:all media players play the same song

some body please help me

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I am trying to add a song to a playlist in MS Media Centre. Can anyone advise me how to do this?

Dublin, Ireland

A:Add a song to a playlist in MS Media Centre

When I want to do this I usually have selected the Playlist to play. Clcik on the Edit Playlist in the right pane window. Then I will select Library and move to the selection which I want to add to the Playlist. Right click on the selection and an option to add the file to the playlist will be available.

Repeat for all files you want to add.

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I have a bizarre problem that I can't seem to solve. I looked all over the internet for solutions, but can't find any.

My problem is that when I right-click on Mp3 files, the pop-up menu shows "Edit Song Information" as the default command for Mp3 files. The default command should be "Play In Winamp".

I've looked for a command in Winamp to change the default command back with no success. I've checked the Mp3 info in Folder Options > View File Types and the "Play In Winamp" command IS set as the default.

One of my other programs must be causing the problem. I have the following audio programs or codecs installed.

Winamp 5.52
Windows Media Player 10
VLC Media Player
iTunes (I don't really use it except for m4b files)
Roxio Easy Media Creator 9
RealPlayer 10.5
K-Lite Codec Pack 3.7.0
G-Spot 2.21
Quicktime Player 7.4

Does anyone know how to get "Edit Song Information" removed as the default command for my Mp3s and what program might be causing it?

A:Can't Remove "Edit Song Information" command in Mp3 Right-Click menu

Hello and welcome to TSF :Wavey:

What does the Edit song information belong too?

Can you post a screen shot of the .Mp3 file type in Folder options

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My windows media player will freeze up when playing songs. can anyone help me with this?

A:media player freezes when playing song

What version of WMP is this?

Do you have all the latest codecs?

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