Tips to Change Microsoft® Windows® 7 Default Application
The latest versions of different default applications featured in the Windows 7 enhance the usability and functionality of the OS by automatically integrating with different files and functions. Like its previous versions, the Windows 7 also has good support for different third party applications which can be installed and used on the Windows 7 as replacement for the default system applications. Installing supported third party applications on the Windows 7 allows you to enhance the overall functionality of the system under minimal software errors and issues.
Some points regarding various default applications in Windows 7 and different ways to change them are discussed as follows:
- Windows 7 Default Applications
- Options in Control Panel
- Application options
Windows 7 Default Applications
The Windows 7 OS has its own set of applications or default applications that allows you to carryout various functions in the system without installing new third party one. Windows Media player for multimedia playback, Internet Explorer 8 for Internet browsing, Windows Mail for e-mail management and Windows paint and Image viewer for image editing & manipulation are some of the default applications that are integrated with the Windows 7 OS for the added convenience of users.
Options in Control Panel
Although there are many default applications integrated into the Windows 7 OS by the Microsoft, some users might want to change the default ones and associate new third party applications with different files and functions. You can the options in the Windows 7 control panel for safely changing the default applications in Windows 7. The ‘Default programs’ menu in Windows 7 control panel gives access to different options that allows you to change the program and file associations in Windows 7. You can also create program profile containing a list of files and functions assigned to the user desired programs in the system. Moreover, by turning off all Windows 7 default application associations by selecting the ‘Non-Microsoft’ applications profile in the program access menu of Windows 7 ‘Default Programs’ control menu, you can define your own requirements.
Some third party applications have association options which will associate the application with certain supported file types or functions & select the newly installed program as the associated application will automatically replace the Windows 7 default application and will thus allow the users to change the default association without needing to change the settings in control panel. As an example, upon the completion of the installation of Mozilla Firefox web browser in Windows 7, the application itself will prompt the users to set it as the default browser in Windows 7. Doing so will replace the default Internet Explorer 8 browser in Windows 7 with the third party Mozilla Firefox web browser. These kinds of options are valuable with various other programs like media players, image viewers etc and can be utilized by the Windows 7 users to change the default applications and their associations.
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