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Streaming Video in IE7 & IE8 beta not working

Streaming Video in IE7 & IE8 beta not working.

I have been using Vista for months with no problems. Problem has just started (like many others here) that when i click on an embedded video within a website it opens a new webpage into which it is unable to connect - it is as if it is attempting to play the video using IE instead of opening WMP (which is the default).

I've done a System Restore, I've reset IE, I've downloaded IE8 beta (same problem).

Obviously something is tricking the WMP file association of the IE video stream into thinking it should use IE to play the video in a new webpage. Maybe its a sneaky other player.

Any ideas would be appreciated
Well thanks to my posting in the Vista installation & setup forum under the heading "Default programs" which stated " When I enter the "Choose the Programs that Windows uses by Default" and go to the link of "Set Your Default Programs" there are no programs in the box" a reply from Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User] intrigued me and using his link at the subject Default Programs list is completely empty - The Winhelponline Blog:
http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/de...pletely-empty/ I followed the following procedure on my registry:

To restore the system default entries to the Default Programs dialog, download registeredapplications.reg and save to Desktop. Right-click on the file and choose Merge. This should restore the following entries to the applet:
  • Internet Explorer
  • Windows Address Book
  • Windows Mail
  • Windows Mail (News)
  • Windows Media Player
  • Windows Media Center
  • Windows Calendar
  • Windows Photo Gallery Viewer
  • Windows Search
It worked perfectly and the full list of programs returned in the box. I set Windows Media Player as my default player, fired up IE7 & then IE8 beta and the imbedded videos loaded up in WMP as if nothing ever had gone wrong.
The loss of the default program list it turns out may have been the installation/uniinstallation of the latest Nokia PC suite. Uninstalling it may have caused the problem of Vista losing all the software default setting. ANyway its all fixed now