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Windows Media Player or Center announcing unkown users?

Question: Windows Media Player or Center announcing unkown users?

Dear All,

My computer has been suddenly popping up these Windows Media Player: then giving a username I don't know. I wish I had more details for you. When it pops up it gives me an option to share my Windows Media Player with them,a nd I click on no.

I should have written this when it happened. But it only started happening when I tried XTube one time. So I hope I didn't get a virus.

Do any of you know what this might be about?

Also, I forgot what information you need in my signature. I have a Windows Vista 32 bit (Service Pack 2) on a Sony VAIO VGN-FW140E.

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Preferred Solution: Windows Media Player or Center announcing unkown users?

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I am a Media Center user and in my home its my only computer.
I use Win7 for Work and Taking Care of Stuff for the Home...
and about 2 years ago I went from a part time Media Center User to
a Hardcore record everything on cable before I cut the cord user.
But after I cut the cord and go to Antenna I am just at the range where
TV Signals arent stable unless I install a 50foot tower and a really large antenna.
But even so I will want to record everything that way when 2 shows conflict during primetime
I will have it to watch when Jerry Springer or Judge Judy is on.
I will also have everything I have recorded off of Cable and I will be Legal
meaning watching torrents won't get my internet shut off
Which means my Phone would also get cut off along with my ability to make money as
a developer part time...
Streaming might be the solution for some people but it comes with a cost.
Either you are paying for services that add up to a higher cost than your cable or dish packages.
You are forced to resort to illegal torrents or sites.
or you end up paying higher costs for internet because it takes a ton of bandwidth to stream HD 1080p to the living room, kids room, parents .. whatever all at the same time ..
That free Gigabit Google ain't no where to be seen... so you will be buying 100-200Mbit plans so you can keep your TV, Phone, Alarm / Video Surveillance online at the same time and still surf the web and update your android apps on your cell...
You ever had Video Streaming, someo... Read more

Answer:15% of Windows Users are Media Center Users that Can't Upgrade

Please check this DVBLink wiki
I used this app a while ago to watch and record IPTV on Windows Media Center. But I think they can do it with other sources too. The latest version can record TV server side so you don't need a Windows Media Center anymore. And now I use Plex server for all of my Video stuff instead of Windows Media Center.
It's really a shame MS stopped so many successful apps.

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I'm trying to use my laptop that has media center for live tv, but can't seem to find anything that will work w/ DiVX and Live TV.

thanks for any help

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I installed Windows 8, and now avi files look like poo when played through Windows Media Center on my PC or X-box. The same .avi file looks great when Windows Media Player is used though.... I was using Windows 7 before the "upgrade" and Media Center worked just fine on my PC and X-box.
Example of what I'm talking about:

What the video looks like with Media Center:
Same file using Media Player:
Does anyone have a clue why the same damned file looks so different between two Windows programs.....and how I can fix this? We preferred using Media Center on the X-box before this "upgrade"...

Answer:Windows Media Player vs Media Center avi issues

I use media player classic home cinema x64. I never experience crap like that.

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Ever since WMP11 came out I have been searching the web to see if there is any way whatsoever to get Windows Media Player 11 to run on XP MC2002. I heard from a friend that I can do a registry change. Any ideas on that, or any ideas on getting WMP11 to work on XPMC2002? All help appreciated.

Answer:Windows Media Player 11 on XP Media Center 2002?

I found this click here not sure how much help it is

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Help. I have a HP media center computer. I have never used Media player and rarely use the Media Center software. Until yesterday when I tried to set up media player for my preshcooler to watch some video that I have on my HDD. Media Center view is very confusing for a kid so I thought I would use the Media Player and set up a library. Well nothing works. The darn thing will play a dvd in the dvd drive, but it won't play any video thats on the hdd including downloaded itunes video. Life in my house is becoming more unpleasent by the moment, because mommy can't fix Jake Long the American Dragon. AHHHH, I want to be able to configure Media Center or Media Player to show info on a video, ie rating, genre, thumbnail of cover, that type of thing. I would like to set it up to be as easy as possible to use, point and clink. So my little girl can get to her stuff visually. I spent hours on the phone with HP and they said I needed a file converter. Well I tried that and I'm only making a mess of things. There has got to be a way. I have to be doing something simple wrong. I did the search and it seemed to find the files but didn't add any of them. This is really driving me nuts. I can't believe that I would have to convert itunes files to play in the media center. Not to mention every other file type I have. Which I have no idea. It seems most are *.VOB but this thing won't add any of my video files, not home recorded dvd stuff, not itunes, not backup dvds. Please tell me what I'm do... Read more

Answer:windows media center and media player

I am a mature adult, have been messing with computers for about 10 years and I find Windows Media Player to be a complex pile of dookie. So it's no surprise that the preschooler is perplexed.

The freeware alternative I use Media Player Classic, which is much simpler and does a fine job of doing both video and audio.

Download here

Also, download & install the Klite Video Codec Pack, which will allow you to run DivX, Xvid and any other video format you might want.

Please update this thread on how well/if this works for you.

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I have Windows Vista Premium 64bit. I was using Windows Media Player which comes on it. Then I clicked on Windows Media Center one day to check it out, it also came with it. When I went to use my media player to play my music I was informed that it has stopped working, it says a problem has caused it to stop correctly, windows will check for a solution and get back to me. WHAT?! Anyway could the Media Center have turned off the media player? I tried to turn it back on manually but nothing happened.:confused

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Hey all, i recently downloaded media player 10 onto my system, and i do like the program (after all it is just plater 9 with a sharper interface !) but there is one thing that is starting to bug me. Whenever i open the player, instead of opening in the artists field i had been listening too, it just starts in the All Music view. I find this verrrry annoying, as then i have to scroll down the album or artist list to find what i want to listen too.May seem petty, but if anyone knows a way around this, i would be muchos grateful.cheers

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I created two skins for the program and would like you to give me some feedback on them. They are only about 230kb and easy to install.

They are the only two links on my page right now, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding them. Use the link in my sig to get them.



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Recently my sky player in windows media center has just disappeared and i have no reason why. I think it might have something to do with mcupdate or the fact that the install in add/remove programs which was named Sky Player for Windows Media Center. Here is a link of what it looked like however it has gone

I would be extremely greatful if you could help otherwise the only thing i can think off would be to reinstall windows, which i dont really have time for due to loads of work

Thanks in Advance

Answer:Sky Player in Windows Media Center

see if this helps... Sky Player in Windows Media Center Extension - Rathe's Media Center Blog

good luck

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After inserting a rented DVD into the DVD drive, I received this error message: Windows Media Center cannot play Your DVD due to an error C00D1163. Additionally, there was a button that said "Web Help" which I clicked on and received this message: Windows Media Player cannot play this DVD because there is a problem with the digital copy protection between Your DVD drive, decoder, and video card. Try installing an updated driver for Your video card.
This is a new Gateway PC, Windows 7, 64 bit. Additionally, when attempting to install Rhapsody, I am prompted that I need the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player, which is not compatible with the 64 bit platform.
(Adobe Flash Player is not supported for playback in a 64-bit browser. However, you can run Flash Player in a 32-bit browser running on a 64-bit operating system.)​

Answer:Windows Media Center/Adobe Flash Player

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Whenever I play an MP3, DVD movie, or CD audio, I try to get Media Player to show information on the current item that is playing. For some reason, Media Player refuses to connect to the site to show information. Instead, I get the following screen (see attached screenshot).

Vista Home Premium x64 SP1 running on HP Pavilion DV4-1125nr Laptop.

1) I am NOT trying to get Media Player to update my files. Simply want it to display information on the screen for the currently playing media.
2) Tried turning firewall on and off, no help.
3) If I hit the Media Guide tab in Media Player it has no problem connecting to the interent and displaying the website. It is only in the "Now Playing" tab that I cannot see information.
4) I tried to Google this problem and have not found anyone with this issue or a solution.
5) I have the latest Windows updates and drivers installed.
6) I have no funky tweaks or network settings installed.
7) I have already tried a fresh install of Vista, with no resolution.

Thanks in advance for any input!

Answer:Windows Media Player: Info Center View

I am assuming no one else has experienced this problem from the lack of replies and since I have not found anything remotely similar to this on Google. Does anyone have any thoughts on what it might be? Any help is appreciated, thank you!

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If you have noticed that when you are playing any music files on Windows Media Player and while playing if you switch to a different user than that music keeps on playing, it doesn’t stops by its own, where it should be, but Microsoft doesn’t feels the same for sure, that’s why they have kept this feature in Windows Media Player 12 also.
But with that said, they have also provided a way to stop the playback if you like. So if this background playback annoys you when you have switched to different user, than follow the below method to fix this problem.
For those who never experienced this problem, open Windows Media Player and play any music file, now switch to any different user and you will find out that your music file is still playing, so you feel it’s a Gift – but it’s not because you can’t change the song, you can’t stop it, pause it from here you have to switch back again to your previous user and then you have access to all controls to pause, stop etc. To me it’s very annoying, so for those who want to stop this background playback follow the below steps to stop it.
1. Open Windows Media Player
2. Press ALT to show Menubar
3. Go to View > Plug-ins > Options
4. Now navigate to Player tab and in Player Settings check or tick on “Stop playback when switching to a different user”
And that’s it, click on Apply and restart Windows Media Player to see the changes. Original Source: bei... Read more

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How do you fix the problem with windows media player ... I play a video and sometimes see MPMF.exe running on high CPU usage and when I run video on full screen, sometimes there is lag between audio/video or in general!Do you recommend windows media center or some third party programs like Cyberlink PowerDVD or WinDVD player?

Answer:windows media player / windows media center

What is MPMF.exe? (MediaPoint Manager?)What Windows version? Computer specs, please, including video card info.

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Several months before the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft announced that it would be killing off Windows Media Center entirely as the software isn't compatible with the company's latest operating system. According to Microsoft's Gabriel Aul, the Windows team wasn't...

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Answer:Windows Media Center's replacement, DVD Player, now available on Windows 10

I went to upgrade to Win 10 and got the notice that Media Center needed to be removed. That software is my DVR for Over-The-Air Television. Bummer to lose it. I'm sure there are others, but Media Center worked really well, imo.

And Media Player plays DVDs... why do we need another application?

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Hey,I want a normal Admin user and a user that automatically runs media center. I have the media center user's shell set to eshell.exe and not explorer.exe. But when I login to this user explorer.exe loads but not the media centre. Would this be resolved by removing the explorer.exe shell from All users, and applying the explorer.exe shell to just my other user.

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It is so weird, it plays the audio in the previews fine, even the vocals, but when the movie starts the speaking parts are muted while you can hear all the background noises! All my volume controls are right, my speakers are set to disable all sound effects. The programs are set to their defaults, I redid the setup for WM Center. I have an Acer computer that came with these programs and Vista already installed. Please help!

Answer:When Playing Dvds In Windows Media Center Or Player, Vocals Are Muted While Background Sounds Are Fine!

I had to update my HD Realtek Drivers!

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It is no secret that we can restore Windows Media Center back to Windows 10.
The fact had been posted in all websites, including one from Windows Central since like 2015.
I used to have WMC restored in my Windows 10 until one of those updates removed it and I failed to re-install. So, I just let it go. I didn't really need it anyway.
Today I decided to restore WMC again.
It works, and to my surprise I also have the Windows DVD Player....... free.
I did not know that before.
So, now I can play DVDs without using a 3rd party media player such as VLC.
P.S. It applies to both the RTM and the Insiders versions.
*** update : just tried playing some retail Musical DVDs ( ABBA Super Troupers ). WMC opened and played. Nice.

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As you may notice i Have Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

I tried to play a DVD because i thought Media Center Edition would have its on DVD decoder but no anyways i installed Asus DVD Player that i got with my DVD Drive which is basically Cyberlinks Power DVD with different loook and Windows Media Player plays DVD's now but Media Centre doesn't

Is there a reason for this or do i need a different DVD player software if so which one would be best.

Thanks for any help givin

Answer:DVD Plays in Window Media Player but not Media Center ?

you will need nvidia dvd decoder for mce. zoom player, power dvd regular or windvd for mce to play dvds. the nvidia one (package with a NVTV capture card) is the best as it make the video look almost as good as a standalone hardware dvd decoder card

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I have a couple of problems that I've been beating my head against the past week or so and while at least on the Media Center problem it seems I've gained a tiny bit of headway, I haven't found anything on the embedded video problem. I'm very proficient with computers and fixing issues, I do so for a living and have for years, so I'm no dummy but these 2 issues are being incredibly difficult, and I'm sure with it being a new OS isn't helping matters much either. Lets start with my setup:

Core2Duo e6600
eVGA 8800GTS 320MB
Vista Ultimate 64 bit
All the latest and greatest patches and drivers

Problem #1 - Media Center - Used to be when I fired up Media Center, and went to Library Setup, it would crash the Media Center program saying "Media Center has quit working and will close now" or something similar and that was it. I was also having an issue with Windows Media Player 11 also crashing but right upon firing it up, and also H264 video files in Media Player Classic running too fast. However, after messing around with different ways and versions of K-Lite Codec Pack and FFDShow I finally got it to where all my videos now work great in Media Player Classic, and Windows Media Player 11 now doesn't crash, and Media Center no longer dies with an error, but now instead when I go to Add Library or try to play a sample video, it comes up with some error about my video software not being installed correctly and to try reinstalling Media Center if possibl... Read more

Answer:Media Center & Embedded Media Player Broke

I have the some problem! I've been googling for a long time and...nothing!

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Using Shark007 codecs, SPDIF with passthrough. Windows 7 Media Center's speaker configuration has been set to 5.1 but I only get 2 channel PCM and no DTS and no Dolby 5.1.
When using Windows Media Player the surround sound works just fine.
Any clues?

Answer:No surround in media center but works in media player

I unistalled the version of Shark007 and installed a previous release and now the surround sound works again

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Hello everyone. So I just got the Xbox 360 COD special edition. I'm checking out all my features on the Xbox. There's an option to somehow connect your computer to your Xbox. The requirement is to go through the Media Center. Well, first time starting up the Media Center on my computer, and I'm not able to get the Media Center to open. I receive an error right on startup of the program. It ends up generating a crash report, and closes. I've take 2 screenshots of the error. The first screenshot is of the first error that comes up upon opening the Media Center. The second screenshot is of another error I get when I choose to cancel instead of clicking ok on the first error. I thought getting the most information to you guys would be the best.

I run Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition Version 2005 Service Pack 3.

Looking forward to your suggestions. Thanks a lot

Answer:Windows Media Center Edition Error - Attempting to open Media Center

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I have been using the common method of using an answer file to move the users directory to a different location while in audit mode in sysprep... pretty basic stuff ok, now the problem I am having is that once rebooted in oobe phase, after the users directory has been moved, there is now no more option for "Add features to Windows...." or whatever it is when you are trying to install a key for W/ Media Center... Is there anyway to have your users directory on a different HDD and still be able to install WMC? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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The Media Center Solitaire PowerToy for Windows XP Media Center Edition enables you to play Solitaire on your Media Center PC from anywhere in the room using the remote control.

Note: We've taken great care to ensure that PowerToys operate as they should, but they are not part of Windows XP Media Center Edition and are not supported by Microsoft. For this reason, Microsoft Technical Support is unable to answer questions about PowerToys. These PowerToys are for Windows XP Media Center Edition only.
System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP

Windows XP Media Center Edition



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First question here is - is XP Media Center any use whatsoever? What was the programming brief? 'We want you to create an amazing new package that can only do all the things standard freeware media programs can do anyway, only with seriously, seriously ugly graphics...' ??

And the real question - is there any way to get windows media player embedded into Firefox, if the operating system is XP mc? The usual trick of copying over the relevant .dll to the firefox plugins folder doesn't work for some reason...

Answer:win media player in firefox - XP media center

See this article:

Note section 3.12 in the contents.

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I upgraded my cpu recently to a Q9400 Quad core cpu on a EVGA i680 SLI motherboard. I have Vista Ultimate x64 running on it with 2 TV tuners from ATI the ATI TV Wonder 600 and an internal digital card. Everything worked fine prior to the cpu upgrade. After the cpu upgrade (and firmware update to the motherboard). The Media Center crashes and does not recognize the TV tuners (although they apparently installed with no issues) and the Media Player also crashes if I try to do or play anything in it once opened. I have provided the following problem reports for the different crashes that i have seen. (FYI - I also have been running iTunes prior and after the crashes with no issues):

Windows Media Player
Problem signature
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: wmplayer.exe
Application Version: 11.0.6002.18111
Application Timestamp: 4aa91411
Fault Module Name: kernel32.dll
Fault Module Version: 6.0.6002.18005
Fault Module Timestamp: 49e038c0
Exception Code: 0000046b
Exception Offset: 0001e124
OS Version: 6.0.6002.
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: fd00
Additional Information 2: ea6f5fe8924aaa756324d57f87834160
Additional Information 3: fd00
Additional Information 4: ea6f5fe8924aaa756324d57f87834160

Extra information about the problem
Bucket ID: 1530035997
Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service
Problem signature
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: wmpnetwk.exe
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Answer:New CPU and Media Center and Media Player not working

Did you upgrade directly from a dual or single core?

Here's what it sounds like to me... I have experienced the same issue upgrading my dual core 5000+ to a Phenom 9650 recently. The main thing that is happening is that since you have upgraded from a dual core to a quad core, you've effectively added another processor to the system. Windows Media Center and Media Player both use certain codecs to de-code the video stream. By DEFAULT the codecs are designed to run basically very efficiently with 50% of the activity on each core, assuming you had a dual-core CPU. Now, swapping this to a Quad-Core confuses the application because it is still trying to allocate 50% of the activity to each core of the processor, but it cannot do so as there are now FOUR cores instead of TWO. So generally, I recommend you reinstall all of your codecs ( This solved the problem for me ) and download the latest Windows Updates. Now, since you also have more power going to your new Quad-Core, you may also want to do a capacitor reset. ( Unplug power-cable and press/hold power button down for 1 minute and 30 seconds ) and then reboot the system and let it power back up as normal. If this doesn't resolve your issue, unfortunatley the only thing left to do is to backup your data and do a Full Format/Reinstallation of Windows

-Good luck..

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Hey all,

I'm new to vista and i'm just wondering...just media center require media player to work? If not is it possible to remove wmp11? On that note, is it also possible to remove IE7? As I am a devoted Firefox user

Answer:Does Media Center need Media Player to work?

You do not need media player to use media centre as they are two slightly different applications, you do not have to use either and can in fact download any other player or only use media centre. You can remove wmp11 but once again you can just disable it.

You do not have to remove IE7, set Firefox as your default browser and forget about it.

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My friend lost some functionality ie. Media Player for hie Win 8.1 64 bit computer. His Media Player folder was blank and he had trouble finding it for Win 8.1 I had told him to wait to install Win 10, but he has no patience and installed/downloaded Win 10. He wants to rip a CD to his music library. Are there any fee ideas/programs for him.
(he had some other weird things such as recovery not working in Win 8.1)

Answer:Media Player/Center

Micro$oft have removed Media Player in Windows 10, you should get a free download of a DVD player but it's pretty basic :-

I think VLC Media Player is much better and it's also free.

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Hi guys, i was hoping someone could help...i installed windows 7 ultimate and all seem to be ok except i cant get to see my files in the media player, i have added them to the library , yet i cannot see them on the player to play them..i also added them onto the media center and it does pick them up. ie, it doesnt go into it.any ideas???? regards

Answer:Media Center and Player

What file types??

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vista 32 bit home premium os w\ sp1 newly installed will not play dvd in dvd r\w cd r\w player. can any help?
thanks, shawn

Answer:media center is not able to recognize dvd in player

Originally Posted by shawnmahone

vista 32 bit home premium os w\ sp1 newly installed will not play dvd in dvd r\w cd r\w player. can any help?
thanks, shawn

Have you installed the codecs?

Vista Codec Pack - 32bit & 64bit Media Player Codecs

Let me know the result...


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Hi I want to pull the remote users media player history on domain computer. I have searched every where couldn't any useful information regarding this topic and I contacted the Microsoft Pro support and they have forwarded me to here to ask question.

Can someone please help me the upper issue. 
Thank you,

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Ok, I've been watching a lot of DVDs in my computer lately, and I when it pops up and says what program I want to use to run the disc, I always uncheck "always use this" and then select the program. Well, I accidentally hit enter right when the message popped up, so now it always runs my movies with the Windows Media Center. How do I cancel that, or at least change it? I run my movies in Windows Media Player instead of Center. How do I fix this?


Answer:Uses Media Center Instead of Media Player

hi go to start control panel auto play and change it there on vista

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Firstly, when I'm viewing a movie or something of the sort in WMP in Vista, the screensaver comes on, then it forces media player out of full screen, I just have to occasionally press the volume on my MCE remote up and down or it will happen... Checked settings and that "enable screensaver in fullscreen" thing isn't on either.

Also, my Vista Media Center cannot seem to "forget" certain folders, like I just added some trash folders to play around with the pictures and video library... now I cant get rid of them, the music ones I got rid of some, the video and picture one I just cannot...

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I have Vista Home Premium 64 bit with Media Center 11. I can play .avi files with VideoLan player but I can't with the Windows apps. Any suggestions?
This is probably a newbie question so be nice.

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there are two users accounts on my computer
I haver been using Vlc media player on my computer with my users account, and it playes fine, but, when my roommate uses his users account he cannot use vlc media player wich gives an error.
What could be the problem and solution

Answer:problem with softwere(vlc media player) on multiple users

Whats the error?

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How do yo convert a recorded TV show from the Windows Media Center Edition format to a format that can be read by a Sony DVD Player?

Answer:How to convert a Media Center recorded file to a DVD for a DVD player

You do it within the realms of the DMCA, taking account of any "fair usage" laws that apply in your country - and if you live in the UK, it's a grey area even at that.

What's the name of the show, and when did it air? If it's commercially available, I personally would consider such an act to be piracy, which techspot does't help people with in any way shape or form.

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I've been attempting to play a DVD for the last hour or so using either Media Player 10 or Media Center 2005 on my XP OS.

I need an MPEG-2 codec to play them, since everything else I've tried has failed. I rollbacked to 10 from 11, I have K-Lite Codec Pack and I've been told I need to restart my DVD drive, howeverthehell I do that.

Can anyone give me much needed advice please?

Thanks in advance,

Answer:Media Player 10/Center refuses to play DVDs?

It didn't work with the K-Lite codec package installed?

Well anyways...have you tried playing them with other software on the machine?

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unable to download adobe flash player because of the age of my computer.  unable to watch videos or play online games.  this is my only computer and i cant afford anything else.

Answer:need adobe flash player software for HP Media Center PC m70...

Hi: Can you get it from this link? You can select the operating system and the browser you need it for.

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During my recent upgrade of Windows 10 from one build to another, the above two programs landed on my desktop. I am, as can be seen, in the UK, and I very much regret that I do not understand and cannot read Korean, so how can I get rid of them?
I do not seem to be able to delete them using my uninstaller or Windows uninstaller - they are not listed in either. Neither are the listed in the turn Windows features on or off.
Any suggestions?

Answer:Korea Media Player Center and Korea Messenger Center

Did you install language packs?

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Hi I want to pull the remote users media player history on domain computer. I have searched every where couldn't any useful information regarding this topic and I contacted the Microsoft Pro support and they have forwarded me to here to ask question.

Can someone please help me the upper issue. 
Thank you,

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I have a problem opening any media file in any of the Media Players viz., RealOne Player build or my Windows Media Player 10.
Whenever I open the above mentioned Media Players on my system, their interface opens up and after I open and select any media (usually audio) file, the player keeps on connecting to the file and takes more than 1 minute and above in opening and playing any valid and good media file, may it be a .wma or .mp3 audio file.
How to fasten the dead slow speed of the players?


Answer:Windows Media Player or RealOne Player taking hell lot of time in opening media!

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I have a Dell XPS 210 running Vista Home Premium, Media Player 11 and the current version of Media Center. When I play a music track all is fine until it gets to the last few bars when the player stutters until the track is finished. This happens with both the player and the media center.

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I have Windows Media Player 10 and Total Video Player. I use Total Video layer to watch some movies. Anyway the default program to open audio/video files with keeps switching to Total Video Player. I want the default player for all media types to be WMP. I went into the options menu in WMP and checked all the boxes on all formats for WMP to be the default player, but every time I restart the computer the default player to open half of the media files reverts back to Total Video Player.

How do I fix this.

Answer:Windows Media Player wont stay remain as the default media player?!?!

try going into the Total Video Player options an unticking all the file formats in it. an if you want to play any thing with it just rite click an pick it as the player. if that dont work. just uninstall it

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I upgraded my windows media player 10 to 11 version. Now my hotkeys doesn't work. I was wondering if there is a way to solve this problem.

Answer:Media player hotkeys doesn't work with Windows Media Player 11


Do you mean the Toshiba Control buttons which control the WMP function like play, pause, stop, etc?
On some Toshiba notebooks the Toshiba control buttons can be configured manually.
Please check this in the ?control panel? -> Toshiba controls.

If you will be not successful I would recommend reinstalling the Toshiba utility again?

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I needed to reinstall 8.1 Pro over my OS to fix a damaged Windows file system. The performed procedure fixed my system but removed my Media Center, which was payed for years ago when i upgraded to Win 8.1 Pro w/ Media Center from Win 8.0 Pro w/ Media Center.
I had to purchase it then, even though i already had it prior to the upgrade, and so i do not feel i should have to pay for it once again, especially since i saved the Product Key the second time!

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I know its media center as if you go to properties of my computer it says media center, and it is from my buddy who has an MSDN sub, I watched him DL it for me from the MSDN site.
Its legit and updates and everything, its not a pirated copy or anything shady. I want to use media center for TV/video/music, but its just NOT THERE I have re-installed and everything.

SO... Any thoughts?

Is it because the PC doesnt have a TV card?
Is it the 512megs ram? (I will be upgrading, in a month or so)
Here are the specs on the machine just in case that matters (I dont think it does, does it?)

Sempron 3100+ (sock 754)
ECS mobo (crap but only 754 pci x mobo at the time)
2 sticks of 256 megs pc3200
Dell OEM sbi live (the SB0200 POS, Ill be replacing that as well)
Maxtor 250 IDE
Dell OEM DVD drive (not burner)
Netgear PCI 802.11G card (meh but works)

Answer:Installed Media center 05. Media center isnt showing up in programs list...

I've never seen it do that, but it has nothing to do with the hardware configuration. On a side note, this thread will probably be locked, because you are in fact using pirated software. You don't own a TechNet subscription, so you aren't authorized to use it. Your friend is also an idiot for giving out his TechNet software, as he could risk haven't his subscription cancelled.

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I have been having problems with Media Center, not downloading the guide.  I have been trying to follow all of Microsoft's recommendations for a fix.
I am running Windows 7 Home Premium.  The advice told me to go into Services and find two files on the list and make sure they were both started:

Windows Media Center Receiver Service (was started), and
Windows Media Center Scheduler Service (wasn't started, I started it).
Then it told be to go to Show Processes from all Users.  And find six files on the list.  The instructions assumed the files would be there.  Only one of the files is. 
How do I get the missing five files on the list?:
ehmsas.exe (missing)
ehrecvr.exe (on the list)
ehsched.exe (missing)
ehschell.exe (missing)
ehtray.exe (missing)
mcGlidHost.exe (missing)

Microsoft's directions d that these files would all be there.  It did not say what to do if any were missing.

Please HELP!!! 

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I have been having problems with Media Center, not downloading the guide.  I have been trying to follow all of Microsoft's recommendations for a fix.
I am running Windows 7 Home Premium.  The advice told me to go into Services and find two files on the list and make sure they were both started:

Windows Media Center Receiver Service (was started), and
Windows Media Center Scheduler Service (wasn't started, I started it).
Then it told be to go to Show Processes from all Users.  And find six files on the list.  The instructions assumed the files would be there.  Only one of the files is. 
How do I get the missing five files on the list?:
ehmsas.exe (missing)
ehrecvr.exe (on the list)
ehsched.exe (missing)
ehschell.exe (missing)
ehtray.exe (missing)
mcGlidHost.exe (missing)

Microsoft's directions assumed that these files would all be there.  It did not say what to do if any were missing.

Please HELP!!! 

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Window media player 9 and Windows media player classic both have errors which occured while playing video.The video wont show but the audio is fine.I have tried WMP classic to see if it was a problem with Windows media player 9 but, the same thing is happening to classic as well.A system restore to about 3 days back fixed the problem.But I want to make sure there is not a issue with my graphics card.My graphics card is a nvidia 5200 fx.

Answer:windows media player and media player classic issues.

Get the K-Lite codec pack, and also get a real video player like VLC ( or mplayer (

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Hello all, I tried to reply to the thread with a similar title to provide a correct answer. So I am reintroducing the topic and providing an answer that seems to work.

Problem: I want to use media player with very minimal frame. Many answers are "play full screen". But I know that media can be played in windows media without any skin, very minimal framing and floating media controls over the video that auto hide when you move away.


Press Ctrl-2. This puts you in a skin mode. There should be menu items at the top: File, View, Play, Tools, Help
Choose View->Skin Chooser
You are now in the full media player experience. Do not choose a skin. Click the 3 square & arrow thing at the bottom "Switch to now playing"
Viola! No skin, minimal borders and floating media controls.

I have no idea why this is not a simple option. I think what I am choosing is the most basic skin, maybe not even intended for use. But this is my favorite player, super simple.

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We are having a problem on a Windows XP Pro SP2 machine running Windows media player 10. It says "this version of media player is incompatible" when you try and open it. We have tried removing version 10, and putting on 9 but you get the same problem. This happens if you download the install file from the website or install WMP from the WindowsUpdate site. Has anyone come across this before, or got any ideas on how to get WMP to work?

Thanks a lot,
Daniel Murfitt

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I have Vista Home Premium and am trying to run "TVersity Media Server" to share videos to my XBOX 360. From the help screens for the application, I noticed that Windows Media Sharing must be disabled, or the 360 will not see TVersity server at all. I have Windows Media Center (included with Vista Premium). I believe I have found the option to disable sharing in "Network and Sharing Center". However, the "CHANGE" button doesn't do anything! I can click it, but it doesn't do anything! Any ideas? This is pretty much a clean install of Vista. Thanks!

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Still trying to figure out what it is that keeps waking up my computer from sleep.

I looked in the event logs and found this:
The system has returned from a low power state.
Sleep Time: ‎2015‎-‎08‎-‎30T03:12:34.409741300Z
Wake Time: ‎2015‎-‎08‎-‎30T03:30:51.010471500Z
Wake Source: Timer - Windows will execute 'NT TASK\Microsoft\Windows\Media Center\mcupdate_scheduled' scheduled task that requested waking the computer.

What I don't understand is why is mcupdate waking the computer if Media Center was removed from Windows 10.

But more importantly how do I stop this from happening?


Answer:Why is media center waking my computer if media center was removed?

Check your task scheduler to ensure there is no task under media center. If there is, delete it.

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I would like to use my Windows Media Player to play CD's but my Nero Media Player comes up and takes over. How do I make the Windows Media Player the default? Thanks in anticipation.

Answer:Windows Media Player and Nero Media Player

Open Windows Media PlayerTools, Options, File Types.from the list selct the approprieate format to open with WMP - or select all, then click "OK"

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I'm at my wits end.

I put together a capable gaming pc about a month ago with a bunch of new components and some cannibalized older components.

I installed all of the drivers from the motherboard cd. I have a radeon x1300 vid card. I'm running windows xp home ed. I've installed about every codec and plugin under the sun. I've troubleshot my load with regard to Windows itself.

I cannot play Windows Media Audio/Video files for the life of me.

I do get audio, but the video is all hyper-colored like looking at scrambled porn.

It doesn't matter if I download the video or watch it in a browser (any browser). It doesn't matter if I open up the DLed video in real player, Windows Media player or Generic DIVX player #458973: it still comes out all scrambled and in crazy moon-man rainbow colors.

I have no problem playing any other type of windows media player file. Quicktime works fine as well.

Please help.

Answer:Windows Media Player won't properly play Windows Media Audio/Video files

Well standard Window's media files should play without the need for any additional codecs.

Maybe check the forums of your vid card for some answers.

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Hi guys,
Using my desktop pc (Windows XP Professional), I copied songs from my cds to the computer thru Windows Media Player and then moved all the songs to my portable hard drive.
I connected my hard drive to my laptop (Vista Home Premium) and tried to play the files thru Windows Media Player. Unfortunately, WMP 11 did not play the file but opened a Mozilla Firefox window leading to a site that would ask me to download license.
Upon clicking the 'Download License' button, I encountered the error that said I had to install Windows Media Services plug-ins.
I searched for this plug-in and found out that it was associated with WMP 9 and not WMP 11 so I thought installation might cause conflicts or might create more errors. I'm not so good at computer and I don't even know which to install when WMP website gave me too many options and downloadables.
These make me so frustrated and I don't even know if I could still copy my songs from my hard drive to my laptop and play them.
Could someone please help me out? Please...

Answer:Windows Media Player - Download License - Windows Media Services Plug-Ins

i have had real good luck with a FREE avs dvd player.
it plays almost anything.!! including music files.
good luck

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I am trying to download an audiobook from my local library. I generally use Overdrive Media Console to do this. When I try to download the book I get an error message letting me know that my Windows Media Player needs a Security Upgrade in order to play the DRM files. It tells me to click on TOOLS in the Overdrive toolbar and then Windows Media Player Security Upgrade. When I do this, a dialog box appears and tells me to make sure I am connected to the internet (I am) and click OK. When I click OK - nothing happens. When I read the Windows Help file - it indicates that when I click OK in the dialog box in Overdrive, it is supposed to open WMP and another dialog box. It never does.
The Help file gives me a web site to go to where I can upgrade manually - this appears to be a Microsoft website. The Upgrade button here is grayed out.
I made sure I was using IE as the browser.
I opened WMP manually to see if there was anything I could upgrade manually there.
I can't even determine what version of WMP I have since the Properties button is grayed out.
I just bought this computer yesterday... it's running windows 8

If anyone can help me I would greatly appreciate it! I very much miss my audiobooks and I am literally banging my head against the wall trying to figure this out!!!


Answer:Windows 8 OS, Overdrive Media Console Windows Media Player Security Upgrade

Are you using an Admin account?

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Does anyone know if there's a stable plugin or codec for Windows Media Player 10, to play Real Player files streamed from the web? Thx for any help.

Answer:Need a stable plugin or codec for Windows Media Player 10 for Real Player web content

Not sure of a plugin for WMP but I use a program called Real Alternative, it plays RMV files faultlessly.


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Windows Media Player sounds somewhat distorted but when I play music in the Zune player, it sounds fine. Why would that be? This would be on a new Dell Inspriron 530 desktop bought in June 08 with Windows XP Pro. Thanks so much.

Answer:Solved: Windows Media Player distorted, Zune player sounds fine

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I've been having problems listening to music on windows media player and watching flash videos. The playback is choppy (sometimes gets stuck and generally bounces around) but also my system seems to take an age to start up and is slow.

I've run disk-defragmentor, scandisk, spybot, adaware, AVG etc. But no luck.

This has come about since I've put about 20GB of music onto my laptop (I still have around 47GB of 70GB free). However, when Windows Media Player is not open the system still runs slowly and I have no luck running flash videos.

The only possible solution I can think of is deleting the music but I'm a bit hesitatant to do so because it took me ages to put it on!

Anyway, thanks very much for any help you can give me!

Answer:Solved: Windows Media Player & Flash Player choppy playback

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I have been using Real player for a long time and yesterday I was trying to add all my music files to my Windows Media Player library but they just won't go. All of my music from Limewire went straight to WMP, but the Real Player Library won't budge. I've tried all the ways that are in the help section on Windows Media Player, but none of them work. Please help.

Answer:Moving Real Player files to my Windows Media Player library?

Perhaps you might need to convert your files to mpeg's or wma's.

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I do not want to use the pre-installed Toshiba Media Player to play DVD's, I want to use the installed Windows Media Player. I cannot change the default DVD player to WMP in Control Panel as the only options are either Toshiba's or Nero's player.

WMP can play CD's, MP3's etc but cannot even read any DVD in the drive. Anyone got any advice on how to do change this?
It;s a Toshiba Satellite Pro C850 with Windows 8 installed

Answer:Advice on how to make Windows Media Player play DVD's not the Tosh player

> WMP can play CD's, MP3's etc but cannot even read any DVD in the drive
That?s very interesting. It cannot play DVDs but you want to use it s default player. ;)
You know what, forget WMP and use something else. I recommend you to test ?VLC player?. It can read all video formats and you don?t need to install some codecs. It is for free.

If you will be happy with it you can set it as default player for video format files.

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I have two pcs on a wireless network connected to a cable modem. One pc (Thinkpad) has no problem playing internet radio stations through wmp. The other one (Dell 4100) has problems with streaming audio. It can connect to the radio station fine (or download the audio file in either format) but then it keeps buffering while it's playing. I've tried just about everything I can find to fix it: editing the registry (MSoft tech note,) changing the network settings, changing the buffer rate but nothing seems to work. There is more than enough bandwidth to handle the flow of data, plus my cable company says it's not them (of course.) Any help would be really appreciated!


Answer:windows media player and realone player poor audio quality

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Hi: I was trying to record from a radio station a recording of someone I know who has written a music piece and by mistake I saw urge and downloaded the program. When I realized I did not want this program, I deleted it. There was a message not to do it--that it would block other users from logging onto the computer (Which is a violation of the anti-trust laws) however, I did not listen and deleted the entire program from the program files. Now I cannot get any music from the radio site and it has blocked real player. MSN should be sued again.HELP!!!

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Compared with some I've read, my issue may seem trivial, but, whenever I use Windows Media Center to play music, and click to activate the Visualizations, a gray box attaches itself to the bottom of the screen, with the album title inside.

There is no visualization playing. I can see the albums when looking at the library, and everything else seems to work ok, but this is annoying.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Answer:media center visualizations don't play in Media Center

Hi GraphicsGuy, An annoying issue is still an annoying issue. Have you tried turning the visualizations on in:Tasks>Settings>Music>Visualizations ?

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Windows media player used to play music file from the library fine until an engineer changed the sound chip. It can play cd through CD player. I looked the DMR, but all the files are not restricted. I could not uninstall WMP, and reinstall it. Suggestions are welcome.

Answer:R61e vista Windows media player plays media file but no sound

Hello, try another player like winamp and see if there is a problem too.Otherwise you could try to install WMP and the you´ll get the repair function i think. Kind regardsAndreas

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Hi everyone!

When I find a media file (video file, for example) and double click it, the Media Player doesn't start at all...

I tried to re-associate the Windows Media Player to it's default media extensions through "Default Programs" , and it doesn't work...

All media files play normally on other players. I have to state that sometimes I get the message: "The file.... The parameter is incorrect".

Any help would be greatly appreciated. God bless guys! Take care!

OS: Vista 32 bit

Answer:Windows Media Player doesn't open media files on double click

What are the filetypes for those Video files? Maybe it's a Codec problem.

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Would someone please tell me how I can set Windows Media Player as my default music player? Whenever I attempt to download a music file the Real player opens. I would like WMP instead. Thank you.jandal

Answer:Setting Windows Media Player as default music player

If you're using Windows Medial Player 11, then select "More Options" under the "Library" link in the player.Select the "File Types" tab and make sure every box is checked.Save your settings by clicking Apply and/or OK.Windows Media player should now open for all those default file types.

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Hi i just had to reinstall windows xp and everything works fine except the Windows media player and Real player i cant play DVD's. I get this message: Windows Media Player cannot play this DVD because there is a problem with digital copy protection between your DVD drive, decoder, and video card. Try installing an updated driver for your video card

Not sure what to do, i put in what i thought were the necessary drivers but maybe i missed something.Any help would be much appreicated.


Answer:Windows media player and DVD player wont play gives me this message

Grab this XP Codec Pack 2.4.8

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I captured an AVI file from my DVD player using my video card. My Real Player and Windows Media Player won't place this DVD clip. Someone said I need codecs.
1. what are they?
2. where to get them?
3. how to use that to convert the file to some other format?
4. what formats do Real Player and Windows Media Player support?
4a. Is there another downloadable DVD player that will play the AVI file as is?
5. I also tried to burn this AVI file using Nero but when I tried to drag the file to the proper place, I encountered problems. What could be the issue here?
6. I have been told in another forum that my CD burner can burn a DVD file on DVD media if the format is proper. What format is needed? Is this another codec issue? (Nero says it needs AVI and that is what my file is).

Answer:how to play AVI file on Real Player/Windows Media Player?

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advice please on how to get my music to play through windows media player (XP) instead of through quicktime player. Since I installed a childrens game, 'quicktime' installed and now all my music goes through it's player but I much prefer the windows version. How do I do this and not waste the game I installed???

Answer:swap quicktime player back to windows media player

In Windows Media Player, click Tools/Options/File Types and put ticks in the boxes of the file types you wish it to play.[or just check the "Tick all" box"].Regards

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I posted on April 22 and received no response then a friend told me a week later to respond to my post and say "bump" and this should get a response. I have received no response. If I am doing it incorrectly please tell me. I am having problems keeping WMP my default player ever since updating I-tunes and Quick time. My post on 4-22-2011 attempts to explain it. Hopefully you can help. Chevelle67

Answer:Need help making windows media player my permanent default player

Each time you reinstall those applications you need to pay due diligence to the final stages of the installation. When asks you about changing over to Quicktime the file associations select no.

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Our music files are in Real Jukebox. How can we put them into Windows Media Player? We tried drop and drag, but this doesn't change the type.

Answer:Real Player Files transferred to Windows Media Player

Depending on the file the might not work
unless you talking about converting them

If you can play them on media player

Highlight the File
hold down the shift key
And Right Click

Now use open with
The goto media player
and check the always use box
If you always want to use it to open
this file if it opens this file.

There is another way
In the start menu
Folder options
file types

more here:


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I can listen to CD's no problem but when I try to listen to a radio station directly I hit the listen button on the station web page the computer downloads the page so that it appears on the download list. How does this happen and more to the point how can I stop it and get on listening to some radio music?

Answer:Listening to radio via Real Player or Windows Media Player

this description could help you listen-to-internet-radio-using-windows-media-player

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Hello, I've got a Toshiba Satellite A110 Notebook since 2006.
2 Days ago a friend formated my notebook. In order to make the systemstart a little bit faster, he stopped a few Toshiba applications in the system configuration. My notebook worksa now very good.

But here is the problem: Before formatting I could use these helpful Media Apps for my Windows Media Player - basically because of laziness to switch between the programms during working. :-)...
But now, they don't work anymore. :-(

Is it possible, that we've stopped an application, which is important to make these apps run?
Or is an additional driver left?
Or do they only work in cobination with Windows Media Player 10. (now I've installed the WMP 11)

I hope for your helpful answers.

But think over, that I'm not such great computer genius! ;-)... :-(

Answer:Satellite A110 Media Apps for Windows Media Player don't work!

Try to enable all disabled applications. Go to START > Run and write MSCONFIG inside.
When the ?System Configuration? window is open go to ?Startup? tab and enable all applications with empty Startup Item.

Restart your notebook and check if everything works well again.

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I was wondering if there was a way to rip media off the web, from sites that run the windows media player firefox plugin to play the clip. I need to rip a clip off there for a school project, this is the link

To my knowledge this is not illegal, anyway I can't find any way of doing it, I have a firefox plugin that does it for most media, but not for this one, I've tried looking in the source code for the file, making a HTML file with the link and then saving as.... but nothing works, so I don't know, any body have anything?

Answer:rip media off windows media player firefox plugin (EDUCATION PURPOSES)

actually if you read the term of use for the site, you will find you would be violating copyright laws.


All materials displayed or otherwise accessible through the Web site, including, without limitation, news articles, text, photographs, images, illustrations, audio clips, video clips, computer software and code (collectively, the Content) are protected under Canadian and foreign copyright or other laws, and are owned by CBC/Radio Canada, its licensors or the

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ok (as you my know by know i rarther hate windows media player)

well basicly i have loads of .mp3 files in my Docs and my music folders, there not all music files, when windows media sees them it ads them to libary, Annoyingly, i manages to stop it downloading extra info like album art (cos its soo stupid, it gets it wrong like 95% of the time lol) but it keeps adding every thing back to the libary even if i delete them from it, its soo annoying any!! surgestions please?

Answer:Solved: Stop Windows Media Player Automaticly ading media files to libary

In WMP go to Tools > Options and uncheck all the boxes in the Player tab, Privacy tab and Library tab.

In the Library tab click on Monitor Folders and set the top part to "My personal folders", then click on Advanced Options.

Set all the folders to "Ignore". Unfortunately you can't set the Rip folder to "Ignore" so for that go to the Rip music tab, where it says "Rip music to this location" click on Change and create an empty folder somewhere. Then just never add any music files to that folder.

Then delete everything out of the WMP library and it should remain empty.

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not so saavy at this, but i cant find a way to stop windows media player from being the default player. every time i put in a cd it loads up and i have to close it manually. i looked through all the settings and there is no option in plain english that prevents it from loading up. i was going to contact microsoft to ask them, but they want $99 USD, bull shat if you ask me. so if anyone can help, thanks....


Answer:How do i prevent windows media player 10 from loading up when i insert media?

The way I know and have alwasys used to stop CDs from autoplaying ( as its damm anoying especially if you've already installed the software ) will also work for Music CDs.

the easy option and one that saves messing in the registry is to download Powertoys for XP and install the TweakUI module, once installed and run goto the My Computer menu > Auto Play and untick your CD drives > Apply

Powertoys for XP

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I am running windows xp with media centre version 2002 and have installed service pack 2 but when I try to upgrade my player to 11 it states needs roll up update 2 this wont install because I have media edtion version 2002 what can i do to get arround this as at moment looks like only way round this issue is to install from scratch with a new media edtion version 2005

Answer:Windows xp media edition v 2002 but cant install media player 11

hello & welcome to TSF,

follow this link & let me know if you have tried this


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Every since January 4th of this year, I have been trying to fix a very annoying issue with windows media player.
How It Started
Back in January my dad's computer constantly kept freezing over and over due to him having way to many podcast on his computer. I'm the only one who knew how to fix it from crashing and so I tried to delete some of the memory off the computer, however when
the memory was low I noticed that a few programs (including media player) were not functioning correctly. I was able to fix them but then I noticed that media player's entire library was missing, which made me think if I restarted the computer, it would fix
it. Sadly it didn't but I was able to find tutorials on how to restore the library back to MP, but the thing is before I attempted that, I went into media player with administrator on in hopes it would make a change. Of course it didn't but now there's a issue
that I face and I keep running into dead ends. Every single time I try to turn on media sharing in the WMP library, when I check both options and then click ok it doesn't do anything. No matter how many times I try to press it, nothing happens and also what
I find strange is that the ok button has a administrator prompt shield on it now. Kind of like it's trying to ask for permission but fails before it can do that.
The solutions I have tried
I have tried dozens of solutions and yet none of them fix the issue. I tried using regedit.exe and tried fixing it's registry but that di... Read more

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Hello all,

I have my main media desktop in the living room setup to share the meda on the "E:" drive. On my Windows 7 laptop using WMP12 i am able to find the shared media library and access for playback. However I am having a difficult time trying to do the same on my other desktop in my room running XP WMP11. I cant seem to find out how to stream the media files from the living room desktop via the WMP11? is this even possible, or is there a software i could use to do this if WMP11 does not support it? i tried XBMC but i keep receiving playback error. I wish there was a WMP12 for XP to make things easier but unfortunately there isnt

please help..

thank [email protected]

Answer:Windows Media Player 11 - Stream videos from media sharing??

Try using K-lite mega codecs


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Well, I'm not sure what to do here. Up until a few days ago I was sharing my media with all computers on my network on my wireless router.

Now when I log into windows and open WMP 11 it says that I am no longer sharing media, would you like to turn on sharing? So I say yes and confirm to share my media to all devices on my network, mainly my PS3.

I uninstalled it and reinstalled it (well it actually just reverted back). I also checked to make sure that Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service is set to automatic in Admin tools. And also checked windows firewall that it allows the service.

So I am at a loss here, I don't know how to get my media sharing capabilites back. I know its not my PS3, as I am sharing media from my laptop right now. Any suggestions?

Thanks High

Answer:Solved: Windows Media Player 11 Media Sharing Problems

Sonnyboy quote:
PS3 and Vista Sharing Sorted
Found it. Disabled IPSEC Services and rebooted my router and hey presto media sharing in vista with PS3. Although I had disabled this before and restarted my computer I had not rebooted the router (ie turned it off and on again). This was the important thing on my set up and I missed it.

Funny thing is IPSEC Services do not have to be disabled in XP.

Hope this helps someone.

This actually worked for my Windows XP, I am now able to share, but is this a safe thing to have turned off?

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does anybody out there know why windows media player wont search for media files from the tools menu?

Answer:windows media player 9 wont search 4 media files

Not a clue ..what happens when you go to tools/search or hit f3?
Post back may have to go to run and type sfc /scannow with the os cd in the drive (after exiting out of the setup screen).

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Ever since I switched to Verizon as my ISP, I can no longer get Media Info (CD PLaylists) when I rip CD's using Windows Media Player
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3070 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 499999 MB, Free - 329787 MB; D: Total - 453865 MB, Free - 219812 MB; K: Total - 953866 MB, Free - 299795 MB; M: Total - 233602 MB, Free - 107070 MB; N: Total - 233340 MB, Free - 129916 MB; R: Total - 2861575 MB, Free - 1540411 MB;
Motherboard: ACER, MCP73
Antivirus: Panda Cloud Antivirus, Updated and Enabled


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 1:29:35 PM, on 7/27/2014
Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16555)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Spybot - Search & Destroy 2\SDTray.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Unchecky\bin\unchecky_bg.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Nightly\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HiJackThis\HiJackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
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Answer:Cannot connect Windows Media Player to the internet for Media info

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So for some background I basically stream music, pictures and video content from my computer to an Xbox 360 in the lounge room for my family to enjoy. This has worked for quite a long time with Windows 7.

I installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview today and got settled in with it and indexed my libraries with Windows Media player so this could resume. But to my dismay this doesn't seem to work in Windows 8.

I have each folder and hard drive shared on windows for network use, I have a little experience from LANs in this area. I have enabled all streaming options in WMP that I know of and the entirety of my library has been fully indexed. This is WMP 12 and everything I possibly know of is up to date.

I haven't got the Homegroup feature active as I never had to use this before.

The only other thing I have noticed that has changed is this. A little green icon that in windows 7 would appear on top of the xboxs, I'm assuming this means something.

On the Xbox end it used to display the Libraries such as 'Recorded TV', 'Music', 'TV Shows', 'Movies' and other things but now when I try to access video content it gives me a folder called 'Videos' which contains nothing.

Does anybody know of any solutions?

Answer:Streaming Media Content to an Xbox 360 via Windows Media Player

After more messing around it seems media servers can see jpgs but nothing else. I'm just going to reinstall W7 for now.

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I'm using Windows Media Player (WMP) version 11, or 11.0.5721.5268, to be exact.

I want to *prevent* WMP from trying to download information for CDs I rip.

For example, when WMP is done ripping a CD (MP3 format is what I use) I get this message:

"Windows Media Player cannot download media information for this CD. The tracks, artist and album will be identified as "Unknown" in your library. For best results, connect to the Internet or manually add media information for the CD."

Is there any way to set up WMP so it does NOT do this step? I don't want it to search for any data of any kind - I just want it to rip the CD to MP3 and be done with it.

I have made sure the "Retrieve additional information from the Internet" box is unchecked (not checked) in the "Library" tab.

Any ideas how I can turn this off? I'd really like to be able to have WMP bypass this step completely.

Thank you very much!


Answer:Windows Media Player v11: how to disable download media information

ReRun said:

I'm using Windows Media Player (WMP) version 11, or 11.0.5721.5268, to be exact.

I want to *prevent* WMP from trying to download information for CDs I rip.

For example, when WMP is done ripping a CD (MP3 format is what I use) I get this message:

"Windows Media Player cannot download media information for this CD. The tracks, artist and album will be identified as "Unknown" in your library. For best results, connect to the Internet or manually add media information for the CD."

Is there any way to set up WMP so it does NOT do this step? I don't want it to search for any data of any kind - I just want it to rip the CD to MP3 and be done with it.

I have made sure the "Retrieve additional information from the Internet" box is unchecked (not checked) in the "Library" tab.

Any ideas how I can turn this off? I'd really like to be able to have WMP bypass this step completely.

Thank you very much!

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I found this link:

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They haven't had much luck either, it seems.

So, it looks like I'll need yet another piece of software to avoid this problem.


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I have all my music jukebox style in media player
Decided to sort it into albums and but now I seem to have 2 or 3 versons of the same songs in my list
How can I scan the media to get it to remove the missings links (but not the songs themselves from my hard drive please )

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windows 10 media player can not play some other files.wma. There displaying "media changing" and diverting to a website.
I have lots of these audio format which are favorites and its dificult to trace all websites and download again. Please help

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This is an odd one. I'm running win xp home edition, sp1. media player When i try to play a streaming media file (audio or video) in ie6 or firefox, the browser crashes with no error message whatsoever, it just disappears. This just started happening and I haven't installed any new updates or programs but sites like or that worked fine 2 days ago will crash now if I try to play a media file.
I tried reinstalling the media player, but that didn't fix the problem. I rolled xp back to a restore point where I know this was working, but no luck.

I did a search here and found this thread:

However, none of the solutions worked for me. Any advice or solutions would be much appreciated.

Answer:windows media player 9 crashes when playing streaming media

Not sure if this has been mentioned.

Have you checked to see if media player is set to 'default player'?

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I'm not sure if this is the right place, feel free to move it to the right board....A couple of months ago I had some problems with my computer and I went and restored it to factory settings.  It fixed the problem that I was having, however, now I cannot use my Media Center any more.  Now whenever I open it, I get this message:COMPONENT REGISTRATION FAILURESome of the files needed to play radio or video are missing or corrupt.  Media Center component registration may have failed.I then push OK and get this:CRITICAL PROCESS FAILUREA critical Media Center process has unexpectedly failed.  If problems persist, please restart your machine and try again, or contact technical support.  Code: 3Also, I cannot get it to close unless I restart my computer.I was just wondering if, when I reset my computer if it messed up the files for it.  Does anyone know how to fix this?  Should I reset it back to factory settings again?Thanks!

Answer:Windows Media XP... Media Center Help

The problem probably lies in the restore process itself...since no updates or addons are retained all you may have to do is DLoad and install the .net framework version1.1.Info Here

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Looking through my Add / Remove Programs list I noticed that I have the following two programs installed ie,Windows Media Player 11 & Windows Media Format 11 Runtime. I realise that I need WMP on my PC but both of these programs are the same in size ie 11.16MB.

My questions are " Do I need the both of them or are they just the same?".

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