I saw a similar post, but a little different than my problem, so I am posting as a new problem. Windows Media Player is listed in 'all programs' but when I click it, it acts like it's going to open it, but then does nothing. I was going to uninstall and reinstall but cannot find it in the programs list. I can open Windows Media Center, but when I try to access library it says I need to set it up, so I try and it says it's missing a component. When I try to download WMP from the Microsoft site it says I already have a newer version.
We have been using itunes for quite a while and I think it's listed as our default player.
Also, I can't play videos that are sent to me in emails that require WMP.
Look in Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Installed Updates. Try uninstalling any Media Player/Center updates. If they will not reinstall properly again, look at "something" that may be interfering, like a similar software program (a third party media player). http://www.microsoft.com/windows/win...tion.mspx#q2_3
Thanks for responding. I uninstalled WMP updates, then tried to reinstall and response says update not applicable. (as if I don't have WMP?)
I'm wondering if this might all be related to some other issues I had. I installed firefox, but some in my family still used explorer, then explorer quit working. This has been a while back, so unfortunately I don't recall all the details. I ended up having to uninstall explorer and there's been some goofy things happening since around then. ((?))
I also thought maybe I should just try a system restore, but when I go into help and support from the start menu, the window comes up all out of whack. Instead of icons or images it shows the little box with a red 'x' in it and the text is spaced funny...
I'm beginning to think I have bigger problems than I can tackle! What do you think?
I did a search for IE and it appears I still have it, just not the shortcut. It's version 7. I launched it and it seemed to work just fine. Also, when I do a search for Windows Media Player, it comes up under programs, but if I click to launch nothing happens. Under properties it shows the TArget as "C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" /prefetch:1
Hi I've found an article regarding "Windows Media Player stops responding after you install a third-party product that registers its own version of the Wmp.dll file" which includes a fix. If you think it's applicable to you please read the warning in the Resolution section.
Iam using VISTA-Business--I am having the same problem. Media player just will not open. But then when I install any VISTA MP, it starts to work again. I life of its own. I have been told one cannot unistall and reinstall VISTA's media player--Its all in one. Is there an improvement on this with SP1?
Suggestions--I have done the updates--and get a message that I have the most recent updates installed--
Thanks for the advice kkaylynne. I have Real Player running, but for some reason recall that sound quality with MP was better. At any rate, I agree and will stop waisting my time with MP, until MS fixes it.
Originally Posted by kkaylynne
My Vista Home Premium had no other Media Player besides Windows Media Player. I checked all the updates and tried all the advised things.
Got sick of spending the time on this and got Real Player, I-Tunes and VLC Media Player.
To burn excellent cds and dvds, I use CDBurner XP Pro (for Vista latest version).
I don't have the time to spend fixing it other than intelligent weekend attempts.
Much as I love Windows and admire Microsoft, Media Player is inadequate, unstable and very limited.
I don't think the ordinary pc user, even a smart, experienced one is going to want to dig into what it might take to fix the Vista Media Player.
Microsoft needs to fix it, expand it and take a look at the other media players listed above and see where they blew it with the Vista one on my pc.