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Unable to run Windows Media player, System restore etc..

Q: Unable to run Windows Media player, System restore etc..

First Many thanks to Forum Admin and Senior members.

I am using Toshiba Satellite A105-S4064, Windows XP Media Center Edition. Last night I had a problem while downloading movie content from www.rapidshare.com. I was downloading the content using Internet explorer (IE 7) . MY system stopped functioning and I tried hardly to restart it 3 or 4 times since everytime when I open Internet Explorer its hanging.

I restored the system to previous check point using Windows System Restore utilities but unable to resolve it..I restored again one more previous check point but still I am facing the problem.

Today I noticed that none of the windows GUI exe files are not running properluy (IE, System restore) and Anti Virus software MCAfee too!.

A best way to describe my system problem is when I open www.google.com in Internet Explorer I couldn't see buttons like "Web" "Images", "Video" etc. But I can see all these buttons in Firefox browser.... I am unable to run any of the .exe software (MCAfee Service centre, Media Player) etc...

I know there is only one option is to format the full system but I am hardly searching is there any way to recover my system because I am seeing the web pages properly in firefox but not in Internet Explorer.

Please help me..

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A: Unable to run Windows Media player, System restore etc..

To me this sounds like serious malware infection. I suggest you follow the steps in the Malware Removal forum and see if your PC is infected.


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I a having probles with WMP crashng when I attempt to play any video. Videos played fine before so I tried to restore to an earlier point but system restore will not work. Here is my hijack log file. Tis is the first time I have ran hijack and posted it. I am not an avid computer user so I hope to get simple answers. Thanks for any help you can provide.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:11:56 PM, on 8/10/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16473)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\AppCore\AppSvc32.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\New Boundary\PrismXL\PRISMXL.SYS
C:\Program Files\Common Files\TiVo Shared\Beacon\TiVoBeacon.exe
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I've got two questions. 1)my windows media player will no longer open and the icon on my desktop has changed to what looks like some type of installation icon-picture of a computer with a horse on the monitor. Ideas? 2) I recently installed DSL internet and everytime I shut down my computer, I have to do a system restore to the last time I used it in order to do any browsing. I'm pretty frustrated with both issues and could use some wisdom Thanks

A:Windows Media Player & System restore

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Recently I have been unable to open Windows Media player, by any method. More specifically, when I attempt to open it, wmplayer.exe will appear in the task manager for a second or two before vanishing. I attempted to "roll back" to older versions, only to find they were equally unresponsive. I updated to the current version again, and found it still didn't work. Attempting to open it in Safe Mode was equally unhelpful.Next I attempted to open System Restore, both in normal and safe modes, only to discover it wouldn't open either. More precisely, trying to open it normally yields no result the first time, but if I try a second time a window marked "System Restore" opens, however the window itself is blank. Right clicking on it enabled me to view the source, which I have posted below. Next, I ran scans with Superantispyware, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, and http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ . All have given me a clean bill of health.Any assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated.<HTML><HEAD><META NAME="GENERATOR" Content="Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0"><meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=windows-1252"><META HTTP-EQUIV="MSThemeCompatible" CONTENT="Yes"><object id=ObjSystemRestore classid="CLSID:fd589b7c-7ce0-11d3-b9e5-00c04f79e399"></object></HEAD><script for=window event=onload><!-... Read more

A:Windows Media Player and System Restore don't work

Try running sfc /scannow or doing a repair install of XP.You might also run chkdsk /r and then defrag the system partition to see if that helps.How To Use Sfc.exe To Repair System Files - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/43051/how-to-use-sfcexe-to-repair-system-files/ How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm To run chkdsk /r: Start/Run...type chkdsk /r (space between k and /) and hit Enter. Type Y in response to onscreen query and hit Enter. Reboot, the command will run before booting into XP. System will boot into XP automatically when chkdsk /r is complete.Louis

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Anyways, whenever i start WMP (Or visit a site with streaming media that uses it, such as wwe.com) i get an error message stating "An Internal Application Error has occured". As stated, it occurs when visiting sites that use it for media, but occasionally i'll recieve an error message stating "Cannot create direct show player"Now, the problesm with System Restore and Search: They won't display at all. With Search, it brings up the menu with the dog on the left (I'm using Windows XP for my OS), however, the screen is blank. It's the same thing with System Restore, it simply brings up a blank window.I'm 99% sure it's a viral problem, as my anti-virus program (Using Avast, btw) has brought up messages of it detecting a system restore file being infected. I go ahead and delete them, because i can't access system restore anyways.Thanks for the help.Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 2:03:19 PM, on 11/25/2005Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\TGTSoft\StyleXP\StyleXPService.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Avast4\asw... Read more

A:Problems With Windows Media Player As Well As System Restore And Search

Hi,The forums are really busy, that explains why logs get behind. We start with the oldest logs first. If you still need some help, please start with posting a new hijackthislog in this thread. Don't start with a new thread.Then I'll take a look. Try next commands also:Go to start > run and copy and paste next commands one by one in the field and click OK after every line:regsvr32 urlmon.dllregsvr32 jscript.dllregsvr32 wshom.ocxYou should see a message saying "DllRegisterServer ... succeeded" afterwards.. after copying and pasting every line in it and clicking OK.

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Hi, I am using Windows XP SP 2 and I am using a shared computer.
My PC was ok until one day when I tried to open and use the Search function it just shut down immediately. That is also what happens when I try to use Windows Media Player and Yahoo Messenger. I wanted to rollback my computer to a previous state so that I could solve the problem but System Restore shuts down on me too.
My question is, are they related somehow? Was there a program that was modified/deleted that made this happen? Or should I just give up and re-install Windows?
I use Kaspersky Anti-virus btw and it didn't alert me for any virus infection. Thank you.

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Unable to download Windows Media Player upgrade on Windows 7 system.

I d/l Overdrive Media Console to read eBooks; it tells me to go to URL


On that site I cannot activate the upgrade button.

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Greetings -- my Windows XP MCE has become extremely "cranky" -- various programs simply won't run, and nothing seems to help. Here's what I've run into.

-- Windows Media Player wouldn't start. Tried to re-download from MS Downloads page. Web page gave message about needing to authenticate my copy of Windows first. Web page just sat there.

-- Tried to start System Restore, but it wouldn't start.

-- Booted into safe mode and tried System Restore. Still won't start.

-- Windows Help and Support won't open. Double click, get an hourglass for about five seconds, then nothing.

-- Tried to run Windows Update to check that out. Windows Update web page said it needed to make sure I was running the latest Windows Update program and to allow any ActiveX programs to run. Page just sat there.

-- However, automatic updates appears to be working. My PC shows that it needs updates and applies them OK.

-- Did some internet searches, downloaded and installed latest Windows Installer (4.5). Windows Update still doesn't work.

-- Deleted temporary files, cleaned out browser cache. Ran CCleaner to get rid of files and junk in registry.

-- Tried to open my McAfee control panel, but won't open. McAfee appears to be running OK, because its logo displays at the lower right of my screen.

-- Ran Malwarebytes quick scan. No malware found.

-- Ran Superantispyware quick scan. Found some tracking cookies, but nothing else.

-- Though some prog... Read more

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I had a virus which I'm still not sure AVG has got rid of totally.
It has affected my media player asw it is now asking for codecs when i go to view mpegs online and I tried system restore in my Win Xp but it tells me that it is not possible.
It's only been like it for 24 hrs but I need it returned to its good working order.
Spybot is useless, Adaware has removed a few spyware files but AVG found a trojan virus and quarantined it but the PC is still not working as it should.

A:virus affecting system restore and media player

Try the free online kaspersky scanner it is a good virus scanner.


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I recently reformatted my computer, and since the reformat, whenever I try to play a CD in Windows Media Player, I get the following message: "Windows Media Player cannot play the file because there is a problem with your sound device. There may not be a sound device installed on your computer. It may be in use by another program or it may not be functioning properly."

A:I'm unable to play a CD player in Windows Media Player

You may need to re-install your sound driver.
Look in Device Manager to see if it's missing.

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I recently downloaded a program for a digital camera I just got. Now I am unable to get into windows media player. I do not know if one caused the other one to close donw.

A:unable to get on windows media player

Does it open the new camera software when you are trying to open a video?

We are going to need more info e.g.

name of camera software
OS version XP Home, XP Pro, Vist, etc.
Version of Windows Media Player

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I want to know how to restore association dvd movie with windows media player

A:restore association dvd movie with windows media player

I Think this is what you want.

Default Programs - Set a Program's Default Associations

Open Control Panel
Select Programs
Under Default Programs select Change default media for Media or Devices
Open the dropdown next to DVD Movie and select Play DVD using Windows Media Player

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Hi all,

I have about 1250 wav files on my computer, ripped from CDs using WM Player 11.

After ripping each CD, I went through and added composer metadata for every single track (for my job in music publishing). It took me aaaagggeeess.

Then today in a moment of idiocy I accidentally cleared the WM Player library. When I added all the ripped CDs back to the library from my hard drive, they didn't have any of the composer metadata anymore!

Is there any way I can get this data back without having to manually enter it all over again? PLEASE SOMEONE TELL ME YES!

Many thanks!


A:Windows Media Player library lost - can I restore it?

Did you look in the My Music folder?

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I looked up the version I have of WMP and all it says is - Windows Media Player. So I don't know what version it is. I think it's just the one that came with my computer. Anyway, what I want to do is take an audio file, MP3, etc, and convert it to text, in order to have a transcription of the text.

I searched online on how to do that and what I read was to go to File - Save As and Save As... and select an output location. Under the “Type” drop down menu select “WAV” and click “Save.” Open Wave to Text. Go to “File>Import” and select the WAV file you just converted from MP3. The program fills the large white box in the window with the text from your audio file. Copy and paste the text to your favorite text editing program for further editing.

However, my version of WMP does not have a menu bar and so it does not give me the option to save. Do I need to download a different version of WMP? If so, what version would be best for this?


A:Windows Media Player unable to save

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I am running the following: "Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , Service Pack 2, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 450 @ 2.20GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 22 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 2012 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G41 Express Chipset, 782 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 305203 MB, Free - 220276 MB; I: Total - 953867 MB, Free - 934698 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0U880P, A00 , ..CN7509196F1759.
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated and Enabled"

I am unable to update my drm component. I am using Amazon's Video On Demand "Amazon Unbox Player" & I am unable to play any of these videos on my computer. I have talked with the technical support team at Amazon, & they cannot help me either. When I try to play a digital movie in Windows Movie Player, the error message says "The file or device that you are trying to use requires a component of Windows Media Player to be upgraded. Click Upgrade to download and install the required component." So I follow the instruction & I am told at first that it is downloading the component, but within seconds the message changes & says "the component could not be upgraded." Then another box comes up & says "Windows Media Player encountered an error during upgrade" & I have the options to either close the error message or click on "Web Help". So when I click on t... Read more

A:Unable to update my drm in Windows Media Player 11

I personally HATE Windows Media Player...
any way try this codec HERE
If that doesn't work try vlc media player
-Features of vlc HERE
-download HERE
Most awesome hey?

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Unable to open windows media player. When attempting to open windows media player 12 from the programs menu, I receive the following error message:

"C:\\Windows\System32\wmploc.dll is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error. Try installing the program again using the original media or contact your system administrator or the software vendor for support."

The above message is followed by the following message:

"Windows Media Player is not installed properly and must be reinstalled. Do you want to install the player from the microsoft website?"

When attempting to open a media file, I receive the following:

"Windows Media Player is not installed properly and must be reinstalled. Do you want to install the player from the microsoft website?"

followed by another message stating:

"Filename-Server execution failed."

However, if I locate the windows media player folder, I can open the program directly from there without any problem whatsoever. I am also able to load media without a problem.

I have tried the following:

-Uninstalling and reinstalling wmp via the windows features
-using sfc scan
-Using the Cmd Prompt to enter the following:
unregmp2.exe /UpdateWMPVersion

None of the above have helped.

OS=Windows 7 64 Bit Version.

A:Unable to open Windows Media Player

go to the windows media player folder and create a shortcut to the .exe and place it on the desktop.

Other than that: I have no clue...

EDIT: I have an idea: Go to a media file and right click it and select "open with" then select "browse" and then go find the WMP .exe

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I just went through the typical patch Tuesday/Wednesday stuff, then plugged in a CD to listen to it. After doing so, my computer flat-out refuses to play anything. I get an error saying Windows cannot read the file.

It can play any and all files already stored on my computer, but cannot play anything placed in the drive.

Any suggestions? I had a bluescreen a couple of days ago, but that didn't seem to do anything. It just started after the second set of patches.

A:Windows Media Player unable to play CDs or

We need to know more about your BSODs...Download BlueScreenView (in Zip file)No installation required.Unzip downloaded file and double click on BlueScreenView.exe file to run the program and When scanning is done, go to Edit > Select All.Then go to File > Save Selected Items, and save the report as BSOD.txt.Open BSOD.txt in Notepad, copy all content, and paste it into your next reply.Compliments of Broni

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Unable to open windows media player. When attempting to open windows media player 12 from the programs menu, I receive the following error message:

"C:\\Windows\System32\wmploc.dll is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error. Try installing the program again using the original media or contact your system administrator or the software vendor for support."

The above message is followed by the following message:

"Windows Media Player is not installed properly and must be reinstalled. Do you want to install the player from the microsoft website?"

When attempting to open a media file, I receive the following:

"Windows Media Player is not installed properly and must be reinstalled. Do you want to install the player from the microsoft website?"

followed by another message stating:

"Filename-Server execution failed."

However, if I locate the windows media player folder, I can open the program directly from there without any problem whatsoever. I am also able to load media without a problem.

I have tried the following:

-Uninstalling and reinstalling wmp via the windows features
-using sfc scan
-Using the Cmd Prompt to enter the following:
unregmp2.exe /UpdateWMPVersion

None of the above have helped.

OS=Windows 7 64 Bit Version.

A:Unable to open Windows Media Player

Delete whatever shortcuts you are using to access WMP.

Go to the folder where you have no problems opening the program. Right click the file and choose Create Shortcut. Drag that shortcut to wherever you want (desktop, quick launch). Try opening again using that shortcut.

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I try to rip,
I get a progress bar, it gets about halfway thru the first song, then everything under "status" says "error".

any ideas?
I have it set to rip mp3's, I've tried different rip locations, different sample rates, etc.

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Last evening at approximnately 5:25 Atlantic Standard Time three things happend in a space of a few minutes. 1) Windows Media Player failed with "An Internal Application Error has occurred" message. 2)VLC Player crashed. 3) Upon attemting to do a System Restore I received a blank page that did nothing. I saw that there was a closed thread on here regarding this with a solution to the WMP problem, but nothing about System Restore as far as I could see.

Any advice would be appreciated.

[email protected]

A:Windows Media Player compromised-Restore Point effected.

Have you tried deleting the Windows Media Player on your pc and downloading a new version from Windows?
About your system restore, what version of Windows do you have?

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I have Windows Media Player for Windows 7 and when trying to burn a CD I get a box saying the player can't record some of the tracks and to check the icons next to them to investigate the problem. However, there are no icons next to any of the tracks. The first time I burned a disc there were a couple with icons next to them and apparently there were licensing issues, so I deleted everything that had an icon next to it and didn't have a problem for the past several discs I've burned. But now I'm getting this box again with no icons and although every one of the songs on the burn list have either been ripped from CDs or downloaded from Amazon. I've read all the other posts on similar problems but don't see one on this specific issue. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Solved: Unable to burn CDs with Windows Media Player

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Genuine Intel(R) CPU 3.40GHz, x64 Family 15 Model 6 Stepping 4
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3062 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 152584 MB, Free - 134703 MB; F: Total - 1430796 MB, Free - 1397716 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0HH807
Antivirus: Kaspersky PURE, Updated and Enabled

I have not been able to open my windows media player. I have icons on my start menu and taskbar. When I click nothing shows. I went on line and clicked to download the player, it downloads, I save it and then run it. All I get is a blank setup window. I ran a trouble shooter and I get the message "cannot view XML using XSL style sheet". Help please.

A:Unable to open or download Windows media player.

Uninstall it using Revo Uninstaller and then try and reinstall. Otherwise I reccomend downloading VLC media player, its basic but can play just about any file you can think of.

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That is currently what my WMP looks like. I want it to return it to the old screen where I could see my playlist, library, etc.

Here is what Microsoft says to do:

"To change to a different skin, do the following:
1. On the View menu, click Skin Chooser.
2. In the skins list, click the skin that you want to apply.
A preview of the skin appears.
3. To find and download skins from the Internet, click More Skins.
4. When you find a skin that you want to use, click Apply Skin.
You can change skins as often as you like, but you must be in full mode to do so. To return to full mode, press CTRL+1."

The only thing is when I click View; I have no Skin Chooser. Why would that be? Here is what the View menu looks like for me:
I have Windows XP Home SP2, any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Unable to return to default skin in Windows Media Player

From View, did you untick 'Classic Menus' ?

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I have had a Sandisc 2.0GB SD Memory Card for about 4-5 months. Less than a month ago I sync'd about 20 CD's songs to the card. All of the files are still on the card and can be played with my mp3 player and vehicle stereo.

Now, when I plug my card reader with card into my computer's USB slot, the computer detects the device. I can open My Computer and add and delete files. Windows Media Player 11 says "Detected Removable Disc F." This says this then it goes away, then comes back about 5 seconds later, then goes away, then comes back.... The Sync tab at the top of the screen, it still says "Connect a device". Is it possible that my card is being read, then stopped being read before the "Connect a device" has time to see the card? If so, would a new card reader do the job, or is it something more?

I have uninstalled and reinstalled the device, but the problem is not solved.

I realize that I can still put files on it with through My Computer, but I've always done it through Windows Media Player 11 and it is much easier. When I try to put songs on the card, an error window pops up saying that the device is not ready.

I have come up with the theory that my card is being read, then stopped being read before the "Connect a device" has time to see the card. If so, would a new card reader do the job, or is it something more?

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A:Sandisc 2.0GB SD Card Unable to Sync with Windows Media Player 11

i have the same problem. please help me if you have figured out the issue. my email is [email protected]

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I'm in the midst of a weeks-long project to get every media type I can think of associated with the program that I prefer for opening it. (Let's just say it's tedious and get to the problem I'm having!) I've been using the windows "Default Programs" program, as well as "right click-->open with" on literally hundreds of file types and over a dozen programs, without issue. However, for some reason I can't get file types to associate with Windows Media Player. I can get those same file types to associate with other media players (which unfortunately don't open them properly), but not WMP.

When I open the list of all file types in Default Programs, I double-click on the file type I want; WMP isn't in the resulting list, so I go to "look for another app on this PC" and go to program files\windows media player\wmplayer.exe. When I select this exe, it goes back to the list of all file types, but the list doesn't refresh as it does when I associate a file type successfully to another program, and the file type is still unassociated. I've tried using the wmplayer.exe under the "program files (x86)" folder as well, with the same issue. When I right click on a file of that file type in Windows Explorer, I go through the same process; the file type isn't associated with WMP, and WMP doesn't open to open the file. I can open WMP and drag-and-drop the file into the window with no issues.

Anyone have any clue what could be going on here? Every ot... Read more

A:Unable to associate file types with Windows Media Player?!

Ah! 20 minutes after asking I finally found the problem. Windows Media Player was unchecked in "Program Access and Computer Defaults." Once I checked it, all was okay again.

Windows Media Player - Restore or Remove from Default Programs

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I recently have found that when I try to open a video file using windows media player or try to open just windows media player, the computer plays a exclamation sound and the mouse turns to an hourglass and then back to the pointer at which point no video or anything pops up and then I am unable to click on any icons on the desktop.

I e-mailed Dell Tech Support and here is the e-mail that they sent back:


Thank you for contacting Dell Technical Support.

Jordan, after reading your email carefully, if I understand your issue
correctly, then the issue is ?system hangs, when trying to open video
clip. If my understanding with the issue is correct, then I would
request you to visit the below given web link:


The above link explains,? Why does Windows® XP lock up, have slow
performance, or paging errors?

Some email programs will wrap this address to a second line so you will
have to copy each of the lines directly into the address bar of your
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The above link explains,? How do I maintain my Dell? computer in the
Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system?



The above link explains,? MSCONFIG?
The only startup items you absolutely need are:
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· TaskMonitor
· SystemTray
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A:Windows Media Player System Hang

Reinstall WMP,open My Computer/program files/Windows Media Player and look for either a folder named Installer or an icon that looks like an open box with a page behind it named mpsetupxp.That is the Windows Media Player Installer.

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i dont know whats wrong with my pc because the windows media player appears automatically and then it shuts down my system, i already formatted it for how many times and then the same problem happens over and over again

these are the specs of my pc:
80 gb excelstor
1 gb ram transcend
ecs alive vsta
ge force 128mb

A:windows media player shutsdown my system

'the windows media player appears automatically and then it shuts down my system'

Please describe the circumstances, eg, When you boot, when you insert a music CD, when?

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I just installed a new video card (GeForce 6200), and now when I try to play a video or a DVD with WM Player, my entire system freezes. I can't even ctrl+alt+delete. It doesn't budge.

and no, I don't have the latest drivers installed, because they caused my system to magically restart whenever i would run a game.

anyway...if someone could help, it would be greatly appreciated

A:Windows Media Player freezes my system

Check your device manager for any yellow alerts
If there is a conflict with your display adapter, use http://www.3dchipset.com/utilities/a...oval/index.php ..to remove the old drivers.

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Hi All,

I have a problem trying to launch Windows Media Player. When I double-click a .wma file, the O/S crashes and I have to reboot. I have tried uninstalling/reinstalling WMP with no luck. I've even become desperate enough to do a total system recovery from CD and the problem still happens after downloading and installing WMP. I am running Win 98 (not SE) on a HP Pavilion, 400mhz Celeron processor, 96 MB RAM. What am I missing?

Thanks in advance!

A:Windows Media Player Crashes System


Which version are you using? Also, is it set up for .wma extensions? In 6.4, go to View | Options | Formats. Ensure all boxes are ticked. for 7 I don't know, but it should be more or less the same.

Have you made sure you have all the updates from Microsoft? There is one about the codecs: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/release.asp?ReleaseID=31921

Also, what do you have running at startup? This may cause a conflict somewhere. Go to Run and type MSINFO32 Go to Software Enviroment, Startup Programs. Copy/paste the list here.



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Everytime i open Windows media player 9 my system crashes and it starts back up i get a message " windows has recovered from a serious error "


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I am running Windows 2000 PRO with an AMD Thunderbird 900 in a Shuttle AI61 motherboard with 256MB of SDRAM. Nvidia TNT2 Pro video card with 32MB. now the problem....everytime I try to view video or listen to music using Windows Media Player, my system totally freezes and I have to reboot. I can't seem to do anything to help the situation. Anybody else experienced this??

A:Windows Media Player Freezes System


Which version of WMP have you got? Do you use SurfinGuard Pro?

If not, its okay. Lets have a look at your running programs. Go to Run and type MSINFO32
On the left choose Software Enviroment, then Startup Programs. Actions | Save as Text File. Then copy/paste here.



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I recently did a complete system restore. My computer is working fine. I purchased restore disks from hp. When I do the restore everything goes fine all the way through the restore processuntil the end.\, it says restore complete restart computer. It comes back on goes thru its post a windows screen comes up then another windows screen that says please wait while windows prepares to start. Then there is hd activity (blinking lite) 20 dots across the screen and thats it. Hp says in it's faq that it could take 24 to 36 hours so leave it on. This sounds crazy. Has anyone else had this problem? Thanks

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I'm trying to help my brother fix a computer that our mom gave him, I'm usually fairly good @ helping him with tech issues but when it comes to Dell computers...I haven't a clue about them.
I need to know ALL the EXACT steps to do a total system restore on a Dell DM051 running Windows XP Media Center, (there aren't any restore disks & restoring to even the earliest restore point in windows itself doesn't fix anything...we suspect it got serious viruses since our mom doesn't know about them). He's done the CTRL+F11 to get to a screen with various info on it but cannot figure out what to select & where to go from there..options that are listed:System, Drives, Onboard Devices, Video, Performance, Security, Power Management, Maintenance, & POST Behavior. Our mom bought it in 2005 & I'm assuming the bios was never updated since it lists as: A02 (10/13/05)...please help, i don't want him to have to go out & spend $'s on a new hard drive & then another couple of hundred more on a new install of XP.

A:Windows Xp Media Center System Restore

Welcome to TSG.

Your computer uses a hidden partition to restore the computer to the factory settings. Click Here for a link to Dells website for steps to restore your computer. You probably want to use Section 2 on the page.

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Dell Dimension 2400 Win XP SP2
Cannot get System Restore or Windows Media 11 to come up.
Virus scan negative. How should the problem be approached?

A:System Restore and Windows Media 11 Won't Work

Are you receiving any error messages when you try to open System Restore or Windows Media 11?

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Two days ago I watched a two hour DVD on my computer, which uses Windows 10. The DVD player -"Transcend" - is brand new. Then as of yesterday, no matter what DVD disc I insert, I receive this message:
"Your input can't be opened:
VLC is unable to open the MRL ''dvd:///C:/Program%20Files%20%28x86%29/VideoLAN/VLC/''. Check the log for details." I have looked at a number of tutorials on line, but none have worked. I've also tried another - DVD app - 5KPlayer - without success. Please help!

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Having major problems with my PC Windows XP Home and been advised by a member to ask for help from this forum. Here goes with the difficulty.
Started with a lot of activity inside the PC and running very slow. Tried a System Restore to a new date , but kept coming up "System Restore is unable to protect your computer. Please restart your computer, and then run System Restore again". Did this in Normal and Safe Mode with the same reply. In safe Mode I'm unable to run "Malwarebytes'Anti-Malware" or any Virus removers including "SpyBot Search and Destroy". Egg timer shows, but no fire up to start. PC also bleeps on showing a task. Not 100% computer literate so may be missing something obvious. Any help appreciated.

Best wishes frrom,


A:Unable To System Restore On Windows XP.

Anyone help on this problem please. Thankyou and
Best wishes from,


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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?


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

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When a friend of mine upgraded to a new laptop he kindly gave me his desk top PC after first removing all of his personal data. The PC has Windows Vista Ultimate installed as the operating system.
Recently I thought it was about time to backup all the files/folders that I have now accumulated  on the hard drive. However,when I went to use the backup feature in the Backup & Restore Centre I received the following error:
      "The backup did not complete successfully.
      A shadow copy could not be created for the following reason
              Catastrophic Failure 0x8000FFF"
I have tried the backup feature a number of times but always with the same result.
Before attempting any solutions I tried to create a restore point using the System Restore feature.However, this too has been unsuccessful as I keep getting the following error
     "The restore point could not be created for the following reason:
            Catastrophic Failure 0x8000FFF
      Please try again"
So far all I have done is run Check Disc [twice] with the message "Volume is clean" displayed on both occassions as well as the System File Checker [twice] with the message "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violati... Read more

A:Unable to use Windows Backup or System Restore

Well, you've done the suggested fix for that problem. There are several free programs you can try for backing up....imaging the hdd....cloning the hdd.
I use Seagate's DiscWizard for creating images of my entire HDD. It is actually a customized Acronis program. I think the Vista backup program is a customized
stripped down version of Acronis, too. I know Windows 7 is.
DiscWizard | Seagate
Seagate DiscWizard User's Guide - dw_ug.en.14382.pdf

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1. Did a system restore. After reboot problems started. Unable to start system in any mode, safe, last usable etc.

2. Attempted to use system disk (windows xp professional). Trying to recover system. During system installation get message:
TITLE: IESPLORE.EXE - Ordinal Not Found
TEXT: The ordinal 410 could not be located in the dynamic link library urlmon.exe

3. Pressing OK does nothing...system just hangs and allows enter to be pressed on ?, help and OK...messages on first two, and nothing on OK.

4. Any attempt to restarts gets to same point.

What do I do now?

A:Unable to restore windows XP operating system

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Sorry for the vague post title.
I have a Dell Studio 1737 laptop that's roughly five years old, running Vista.
It's been slow for a whole now with the occasional blue screen here and there. I was running defrag the other day when I kept getting error messages regarding (apologies for forgetting the full name) Intel RAID.
The next time I turned the laptop on I was unable to load into Windows. The system repair doesn't fix any issues and System Restore gives a "Catastrophic Failure" error (0x800FFFF).
What should I be doing in this situation? Is it hard drive failure? Thanks in.

A:Unable to load Windows/System Restore

There are actually a lot of different things that could be causing problems from hard drive problems or memory/hardware problems to virus/malware and windows corruption problems.
Are you able to get to safe mode on this computer? If so the obvious is to boot into safe mode.
Do you have the ability to remove the drive and connect it to a known working and healthy computer?
If you are able to connect it to another computer:
Run Hard Drive Testing Software like Hard Drive Sentinel to get Drive Health Status (Not Free but has trial that works)
Run chkdsk on the drive from an alternate computer.
Run a virus scan from alternate computer or bootable media
Run MemTest86+ From Bootable Media on the PC the drive is/was in
After performing the above return the hard drive to the PC and attempt to boot. Does it successfully boot?
If you are still unable to successfully boot into Windows Vista do you have the Original Vista install disk or do you have a Startup Repair disk made with the Vista machine? If so then take a look at http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/repair-windows-with-windows-startup-repair/

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I tired doing a windows update yesterday, computer would not let me perfom the action.
The error message read: Network policy settings prevent you from using Windows Update to download and install updates. This error may occur if the Remove access to use all Windows Update features group policy has been enabled by your system administrator and comes up with a windows error 0x8DDD0003 and have done a lot of the recommended fixes but nothing has worked. In the meantime I had went and enabled a few items that were disabled that may have prevented the updates from being downloaded.
After that, I had these 3 items show up on my hijack log & my computer is running terribly slow. I have not had a problem w/ this computer in quite sometime as I have been protected by my anti-virus/firewall etc. but somethng is very wrong. It is now taking about 3 minutes just to pull up one windows explorer page and that is with nothing else running. I also have high speed wireless internet. I have run my anti-virus, did a defrag ran Ad-Aware etc. w/ nothing found from either scan.
Todays problem~ I have tried restoring my computer to 5-6 different dates now & now will take affect.
#1 I am unable to get Windows Updates
#2 I am unable to do a System Restore
#3 I never got a Windows CD when I bought my cra**y Toshiba Laptop so am unable to re-install windows. I am hoping that someone has some advice of something to try first.
Here is my hijack log which has 3 new entrys which all ... Read more

A:Unable to get Windows Update or Do a System Restore...

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I have been trying to playback the videos I recorded on my Cybershot digital camera on my computer and when I try to play through windows media player 11, it shutsdown the computer. I get SERIOUS system error message when it starts back up. If I play using Quicktime, it is in slow motion. My husband can play them on his laptop through WMP and he has XP.

Any ideas???

A:MPEG-4 through windows media player caused system to crash

You might want to have a moderator move this to the Multimedia forum. But it sounds to me like a codec issue. Have you tried VLC media player?

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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.

A: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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When I turn my computer on I get the infamous black screen. I've went to the utility settings to do the system restore and nothing. When I'm brought back to the black screen I have the option to press f1 which takes me to a different black screen, in which has the windows setup option or start windows normally. I go to windows setup and brought to a login screen. I try to login with my username and then a window security error comes up. I have the wrong username. I reset computer and start over so I can select the start windows normally and make sure username and password is correct. Reset computer and try the login screen again but still won't allow me through. I have my recovery disc and tried restoring everything but during the recovery my computer has to restart and I'm brought back to the black screen. It later says windows wasn't able to update. How do I get past the login area?

A:Unable to do any system restore with dell xps 210 with windows vista.

Hi and welcome to TSF are you certain your entering the username etc in the right way ie uppercase or lower case checked the spelling not adding a ,. or other character

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I have recently started having the following several problems with my cpu:

1. Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer, and Firefox all not responding.

2. When Media Player is running strange noise will occur and screen will go black and I have to manually reboot.

Here is a copy of my log I would appreciate any help I can get! Thank you!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:00:38 PM, on 3/19/2009
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPStart.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Internet Security\UfSeAgnt.exe
C:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\LogMeInSystray.exe
C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\robotaskbaricon.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynToshiba.exe
C:\Program Files\LogMeIn\x86\LMIGuardian.exe
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\YahooMessenger.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\AdwareAlert\AdwareAlert.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

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I recently restored the whole system on my sister's HP because of a virus that I was unable to remove manually.
The system restore went fine until it reached the point where it was going to reinstall Windows. The computer just turned itself off and the software install was not complete. Nor am I able to reinstall it again. Therefore I have to hold down ctrl+alt+del, go to task manager, click on audit.exe and end the process to turn the computer on. But I can't do anything with it in safemode. The main problem is: I can't connect to the internet! It won't find my wireless network even though Network Discovery is on. What can I do about the internet? And is there any way to install Windows again without a CD?
Thanks in advance!

A:Unable to connect to the internet after system restore and Windows install

whats the model of the HP by tapping F10 or F11 as it boots you may get into the recovery manager

i confused is the software now installed on the PC ?

is this a restore going back to a previous date - or a re-install

when you re-install the software you may need to download drivers - lets see a device manager

Device Manager
Post back the results in device manager
If you cannot access the internet with this PC, then you will need to copy the program across to the faulty PC
Start > control Panel {Vista set to classic view}> system > {Vista, device manager on left hand side} {XP hardware Tab, device manager button} >
windows 7
start > control panel> System and Security> Device Manager

network adaptors, click on the + > post back the devices listed there
are there any ! ? or X
post a screen shot of the device manager - network adapters

To post a screen shot of the active window, hold the Alt key and press the PrtScn key. Open the Windows PAINT application and Paste the screen shot. You can then use PAINT to trim to suit, and save it as a JPG format file.
To upload it to the forum, open the full reply window and use the Manage Attachments button to upload it here
Full details are here http://library.techguy.org/wiki/TSG_Posting_a_Screenshot

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