Re: my computer no longer plays wave files

Joe Giovanelli

Gene, finally got to try Control-O when in Windows Media Player. Nothing happened.

I tried this when in the folder as well as outside the folder.

Joe G.

----- Original Message -----
From: Gene <>
Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2021 9:24 pm
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] my computer no longer plays wave files

I meant control o.

-----Original Message-----
From: Joe Giovanelli
Sent: Tuesday, January 05, 2021 8:22 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] my computer no longer plays wave files

Hi, Gene,

It isn't clear about pressing Control to open a dialog box. Usually the
control key bky itself does nothing. It needs a modifier.

Joe G.

----- Original Message -----
From: Gene <>
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2021 12:20 pm
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] my computer no longer plays wave files

You can probably play files within the program, even if you can't by
pressing enter on them in the list outside of the program.
In Windows media player, press control to open the open dialog. Shift tab
once or twice, I'm don't know just how things are set up in Windows 10.
You can get to a list of files and folders. If you back space you will
back from where you are toard the c drive. If you backspace more, you
be in a list and computer will be one of the items. Press enter
Move to the drive, I think it is an external drive, and press enter. Move
to where you want to be as usual on the drive. Try playing a file. After
that, we can see if you can play files as you wish, perhaps selected files
or an entire folder.

-----Original Message-----
From: Joe Giovanelli
Sent: Sunday, January 03, 2021 10:55 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] my computer no longer plays wave files

Good Morning, Blaster,

I had no trouble removing Web Adviser.

when it comes to File Associations, I had limited success.

Thanks to Gene, I was very careful to select WAV. When I entered on that,
showed that Windows Media Player was the default player. I accepted this
closed that out.

I still couldn't play wivefiles. I went further and found that I couldn't
play MP3 and MIDI files.

In one of my many trials I got one file to play but I have no idea how

Where am I, except lost, of course?

Joe G.

----- Original Message -----
From: Blaster <>
Date: Saturday, January 2, 2021 1:34 pm
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] my computer no longer plays wave files

Joe, Everything I wrote was for Windows 7, not Windows 10 as you
mentioned that in your first post. The website removes all
adware before you download it to your PC, that's why I suggested the
K-lite codec pack, and yes it does work in Windows 7. But since it
opened and played in the media player classic it's safe to assume
you've got a working codec for .wav files installed. So, If you want
to get rid of web advisor first then go to your control panel, then
find the add and remove programs section and remove the McAffee Web
Advisor. You will probably need to remove the entire McAfee suite if
it's like all of the other McAfee products that I've dealt with in the
past. I think the only other option, that is if you want to keep the
McAfee suite, is to temporarily disable it when you need to accomplish
a task that it's blocking and I think that's got to be done in
whatever browser your using. I'm no fan of McAfee, so I'd get rid of
it, but that's your choice.

As far as the file explorer issue, I'm not sure why your getting a
different fly-out window on the open with screen, as arrowing down
should give you a list of programs associated with .wav files followed
by the choose another program option. Mike may have something there,
so try arrowing to the right instead of down to see if the menu is
horizontal. If that doesn't work, we're not sunk yet, Press the
windows key on your keyboard and type "file associations" in the type
in field and press the enter key. This should open the file
associations window, where you can skim through the list until you
find the .wav format and then choose the program you want to associate
with this file type manually. Follow the instructions at the top of
the page and see if that works for you. If you have any troubles, just
post back here to the list.


On 1/2/21, Mike B <> wrote:
The folders in Explorer may not be in a list so, try using your right
left arrow keys.

Stay safe and take care. Mike.

----- Original Message -----
From: Joe Giovanelli
Sent: Saturday, January 02, 2021 8:27 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] my computer no longer plays wave files

Hi, Blaster,

I now can say that you are on the track. Here's what happens:

First, I cannot get to my wavefile folder with Explorer. It does not
show me

everiy folder. It just shows Documents and Libraries, and control

I therefore bypassed that step and went to the folder by running it.

I selected a wavefile.

I pressed the context menu key and found Open with.

I wasn't given a choice. It showed Media Classic, O.

I pressed O, and the highlighted selection began playing.

This is the only selection which played.

I guess this is because I could not follow your outline. I suspect

are getting this outline from Win 10 a nd not 7, but I don't really k

I was able to download a Win 7 codecs pack, but other things came
including Winzip Updater.

I can't uninstall it and other unasked for programs. There's Web
and it won't uninstall and it won't let me install anything else until
Adviser is uninstalled, and looks like it won't ever want to

It reminds me of Congress where we get what we want along with other

we would never care to have.

There you have it. I hope you or some others can figure out what I can
do to

solve the wavefile problems and get rid of uninvited guests.

Joe G.

----- Original Message -----
From: Blaster <>
Date: Friday, January 1, 2021 10:05 pm
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] my computer no longer plays wave files

Joe, You don't really have to know what the codec files are exactly,
only that they are installed on your pc. Windows will pick and
which ones it wants whenever it wants one. But, Here's something else
you can try. Just in case your file associations got a little mixed
up between audio programs, you can re-associate the .wav file type
with your media player. I'm not sure if specific codecs are tied to
file associations, but it's worth a try.

Press the windows key on your keyboard and tap the letter E key to
open a file explorer window.

Navigate to a folder where you keep your .wav files.

Arrow up or down to select a .wav file.

Press the context key on your keyboard, shift key plus the F10 key if
you use a laptop, to open the context window.

Arrow up or down until you come to the selection titled "Open with"
and press the right-arrow key to open the fly-out window.

Even though media player is in this list, arrow down to the selection
titled "choose another program" and press the enter key.

In this window, Tap the tab key until you get to a list of programs,
In this list, arrow down to media player and then tap the tab key to
jump down to a check box that says always use this program to open
associated file type.

Press the space bar to check the box and then tab to the OK button
press the enter key.

You'll be taken back to the file explorer where your .wav file should
still be selected, so press the enter key on it and see if it opens
media player and starts to pley.

Good luck,

On 1/1/21, Joe Giovanelli <> wrote:
David, just to say that your suggestion does not work with Win 7.

I looked at codecs but they are more complicated than my pay grade.

I hope you or others have more ideas.

Thank you.

Joe G.

----- Original Message -----
From: Blaster <>
Date: Wednesday, December 30, 2020 8:14 pm
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] my computer no longer plays wave files

You may want to reinstall your codecs just in case the one Media
player and VLC has become corrupted. You can get the K-lite codec
pack from this website:


On 12/28/20, Gene <> wrote:
I don't know what is causing the problem. Try selecting a file

and instead of just pressing enter on it, try opening the
press enter on open and play. While I doubt this will cause the
play, you never know.

But as to how to solve the underlying problem, I don't know.

-----Original Message-----
From: Joe Giovanelli
Sent: Monday, December 28, 2020 2:44 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] my computer no longer plays wave files

Hi, Listers,

I am using a computer running Win 7. For whatever reason, it no

let me play wave files. This is NOT an association problem.

the default program for playing wave files. I also tried VLC,

still do not play.

I installed CCleaner Professional and wondered if something in

cased the problem. I uninstalled it. No luck. Next, I chose a

point which was earlier than the date when Cclear was installed.

There is where I am now. I do a lot with wave files. My CD


on an external hard drive, backed up with another drive.

In case it means anything, Goldwave permits me to play wave
don't think there's a way to play all the files in a folder.
what I

would have to do in order to play a CDE.

I thank you for any way to resolve my dilemma.

Joe Giovanelli, W2PVY

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