Make Windows Media Player 64 default

I have a laptop windows 7 that is running on a 64-bit processor, but I realized that the media player in the taskbar is the 32-bit one. I tried to change to the 64 bit one series. So, I changed the destination of the shortcut to open the 64-bit player. However, this causes a new upcoming media player icon and when I right click on, none of the normal shortcuts such as, recently played songs, recent songs, or tasks, rises. Anyway is to make the default 64-bit version?

Thank you

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Hi thepramillionaire,

Important: This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems can occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you proceed with caution. For added protection, back up the registry before you edit it. Then you can restore the registry if a problem occurs.

Back up the registry
http://Windows.Microsoft.com/en-us/Windows7/back-up-the-registry

(1) in the elevated command prompt, type unregmp2 /SwapTo:64 and press ENTER.
If you are prompted, click on continue in the UAC prompt.
(2) the open registry editor:
Go to start and type regedit.exe, and then press ENTER.
3) go to this site:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE Paths\wmplayer.exe
(4) in the right pane, click with the right button on (default) and click on change. By default, it is on the WMP 32.
(5) type %ProgramFiles%\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe.
6) click OK to apply.
(7) in the right pane, click with the right button on the path and click on modify.
(8) a) type %ProgramFiles%\Windows Media Player.
9) click OK to apply.
(10) close the registry editor.

Check if this affects Windows Media Player 64-bit as the default value.

Kind regards

Shinmila H - Microsoft Support

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