Description of default programs in Windows® 7
What are the various ways to set up default programs in Windows 7?
Windows 7 is the latest and most advanced version of the Windows Operating System from Microsoft. Like its predecessors, Windows 7 is also based on the Windows NT platform and shares some common features and functions. The Windows versions of operating systems are known for their simple users interface and they also have excellent support for third party applications. Although the Windows 7 Operating System also has third party applications support, it has some programs or applications that come preinstalled with the Operating System. These applications are called default programs and can be utilized by the users to perform different operations in the system. Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer, Windows Photo viewer are some examples of the default programs integrated into the windows 7 Operating System. These programs are integrated into the Operating System with the aim of helping the users to access and perform different actions in the system without the need to install different third party applications.
Some points regarding the default programs in Windows 7 and the different ways to set them up using the available options are discussed below:
- Setting default programs
- File associations
- Autoplay settings
- Setting up computer defaults
Setting default programs
Different options to set up the default programs in Windows 7 can be accessed via the default programs folder in the system control panel. The first option in the default programs folder allows the users to set a program as default for all the file types or protocols that it can open. When the users select this option, a new window will open up indicating different applications installed in the system and options to set them as defaults for performing functions supported by the selected application.
The file association options in the default programs folder allow the Windows 7 users to select the default application for a selected file type. Different file types or formats and the available applications that are currently installed in the system will be displayed in the related menus and the users can choose the default application for opening up the selected file type using the available options.
The options to turn off the Autoplay feature and change its settings are also available in the Default Programs folder of the Windows 7 control panel. The ‘Change Autoplay settings’ option allows the users to set the default action that is to be taken by the system while inserting or attaching different media and devices to the system. The different types of media disks and devices are listed in the related menu and the users can choose between the available options to select the default action.
The ‘Set program access and computer defaults’ option in the default programs folder allows the users to choose between different program configurations in the system like Windows defaults, non-Microsoft and custom configuration for performing different functions. The default configuration setting reverts all the settings to Windows defaults i.e. all the file types and protocols use only default Windows programs like Internet Explorer, Image viewer, Windows Media Player etc. The non-Microsoft configuration sets different third party applications as default programs for the related functions and removes the Microsoft programs from the default programs list. Choosing the custom configuration sets the current user set applications as the default programs for different functions and all these configurations can be later changed as desired by the users.
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