WHY does WinXP do this???

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    Angry WHY does WinXP do this???

    I was going to change the icon and description for some of my music files (wav, mid, mp3 etc...) since they all used the same, and is hard to differ if they lie in the same folder.
    But when I change one of them the others automatically change too. WTF is up? If I tell that WAV files should be named "WAV file" why the h*ll does it change all other files (mp3, mid etc...) to be named "WAV file" too?
    Grrr, this is driving me crazy!!! Plz tell me there is an easy way to disable this...
    As mentioned, i use WinXP pro.
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    Is it really such a big deal?

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    I may sound a bit pedantic, but... yes, it's a big deal.
    There is no reason why a MIDI file should have WAVE file as its description. And why should WinXP be allowed to change back what I change? There IS a reason to why I changed it in the first place.

    Anyway, this doesn't matter anymore. I hacked the registry a little and it works fine now (seemingly, u never know with a MS product... ).
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    Oh, and while we're speaking of sound files. Is there any good (preferably freeware) sound file converter (like MP3 <--> WAV) you know of?
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    The sound recorder built into Windows can convert between many formats, but it can only save the data wrapped into a WAV.

    WAV is actually not a format, it's sort of a container (like AVI).
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    theres a free-ware program called "N-Koder" that will do wav -> mp3 encoding.

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    Check out RazorLame for encoding (you'll have to download LAME (the encoding algo) too, but they're both small) Get Exact Audio Copy for ripping CDs.
    Away.

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    I use WIN XP home version.It comes with an inbuilt Win Media Player ver.8.
    If you can manage to get an old Media player ver. like 6 or 7,you can change the extension of a Media file with them.

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