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Windows 10 Codec Pack Guide

  Windows 8 File Associations
  How to set file associations in Microsoft Windows 8

Description: In Microsoft Windows 8 it is not possible to set all file associations using an installer. Microsoft chose to block changes of file associations with the introduction of their Zune players. Third party codecs are also blocked in some instances, preventing some files from playing in the Zune players. A simple workaround for this problem is to switch playback of video and music files to Windows Media Player manually.

Step 1:

On the tiled start page click on the "PC Settings".

Windows 8 Settings

Step 2:

On the "PC Settings" pane click on "Search and apps".

Windows 8 Settings, Search and apps

Step 3:

On the "Search and apps" pane click on "Defaults".

Windows 8 Search and apps

Step 4:

On the "Choose default applications" pane click on "Video".

Windows 8 Search and apps, Choose default applications

Step 5:

On the "Choose an application" pop up menu click on "Windows Media Player" to set Windows Media Player as the default player for video files.

Windows 8 Search and apps, Choose an application

Footnote: The same method can be used to apply file associations for music, by simply clicking on Music instead of Video in step 4.