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

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

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

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A: 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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When I double click any movie file, it will not open windows media player 11.   I'm running windows XP.
If I set the XP window file associations to always open with Zoom Player, then Zoom Player will open on double clicking normally.
If I set it back to open with WMP - it will not open.
I can right click any movie file and click open with WMP and that will work.
It's just DOUBLE CLICKING the file that doesnt work.
I am experienced computer user and this one has me baffled.  I do know all about file associations, but I just cant get this working.  BTW, running safe mode still has the same problem.

A:Double click movie file will not open Windows Media Player

Duh... tried to uninstall Windows Media Player in order to reinstall WMP11.  Forget uninstalling it....I just downloaded WMP11 and installed it.  Now the file associations work properly!! 
Now I need to reinstall K-Lite Codecs into WMP...always a problem for me to decide which version to install???  I went to Wikipedia and read all about the different versions.  I chose the BASIC VERSION...a minimum of codecs get installed.
Also - what to do with WMP Network Sharing Service - whether to allow it through my firewall? 
I had pop-ups from ZoneAlarm requesting sharing WMP on my network.  I chose to allow sharing.

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Hello All:

I am running Windows XP SP3, Windows Media Player 11.

When I double click a file (.wmv or .avi) in Windows Explorer, Windows Media Player 11 starts but issues a message "Windows Media Player cannot play the file because there might be a problem with your sound or video device. Try installing a updated device driver." or I media player shows a black screen with good sound.

If I start Windows Media Player 11 by double clicking the icon in the quick launch tray or by Start > Programs > Windows Media Player, then right click on the Windows logo, select "File", then the desired video file or select the file from the recently accessed list. The video and sound plays fine.

I have noticed a that if I view the properties with Windows Media Player 11 in either the quick launch tray or in Start > Programs the path is listed as Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" /prefetch:1

Thanks for you replies in advance.

A:Windows Media Player 11 - double click problem

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when I click to open media player nothing happens....when I try to open a media file with media player nothing happens. I was thinking I should uninstall and reinstall media player but its not on my uninstall programs list.....how do get media player working? this only happens under the administrators sign on.

A:my media files are not listed and media player wot open

well if its not on you uninstall list it would seem as if you dont even have it as a program on your computer. You should just try to reinstall it from the website and if any traces of the original player exist still it might uninstall them for you.

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After reformatting my hard drive, suddenly to my great joy, I cannot play any avi files. Can someone point to the fix for this, or a particular codec that I'm supposed to download. Help appreciated. Thanks!

A:Windows Media player doesn't play avi files

Download this |MG| Vista Codec Package 5.1.4 Final and it should play.

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I've been a user of Logitech mice for years and always utilized the ability to program a button to act as a double-click (seems like a no-brainer to me and I wonder why it's not a standard feature or at least a default programming configuration when you have software to give you choices).

The newer versions of the higher-end Logitech mice and the SetPoint software they come with seem to have a problem with this feature being implemented in many XP dialog boxes, such as File - Open dialog boxes in Office 2003 programs. The button I program for a double-click doesn't do the job when I mouse over the file I want to open and hit the button. All it does it select the file, like a single-click would do. In order to use the programmed double-click button, I have to first select the file and THEN hit the programmed double-click button (defeating the entire purpose, of course).

The programmed double-click button works fine in many other places, but it also does NOT work in many other places, too. I've tried this with three different models of Logitech mice now, and different buttons on the, too, always with identical results. I'm using the newest version of SetPoint, 2.22.124.

Logitech refuses to acknowledge the problem exists and is suggesting I do a reinstallation of the software (or, uh, return the mouse for an exchange since it must be "defective").

Can someone please tell me if they have encountered or can replicate this problem? I've h... Read more

A:Logitech double-click button doesn't open Office files

Not sure of this, but I normaly go into> control panel>folders>general tab>single click.

This is how my mouse is set: single click and works on all instances.

Good luck.

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I'm having a problem with windows media player, it won't open files while im using the Unreal development Kit,and also while i'm using certain other programs, this is especially annoying because when im trying to watch a tutorial for the UDK and go along with it. It won't even let me play songs on Ares whilst these programs are running the exact error message is.

"Windows media player encountered a problem while playing the file."

Help would be greatly appreciated. thanks.
BTW, this is a macbook pro Dual booting windows 7 if that would have anything to do with it.

A:Windows Media Player Won't open files while other programs run.

Try these 3 for additional information on WMP crashes -

START | type view | "View all Problem Reports" | 2x-click on line item for additional crash info

2. Reliability Monitor -
START | type perfmon /rel

3. Event Viewer -
START | type eventvwr.msc | Custom Views | Administrative Events

Regards. . .



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Hi guys,  I'm trying to help my friend get his computer back online.  The problem is any program that I try to run will not open and instead windows media player opens.  I've ran malwarebytes, super antispyware, spybot search & destroy and Avast on a guest profile, and while they did find some items and get rid of them the problem still persists.  On the infected profile I can't go online or do anything even in safe mode and so now I'm stuck and need some assistance.
Thank you for your time.
Here is the DDS Log
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64 
Internet Explorer: 11.0.9600.17344  BrowserJavaVersion: 10.9.2
Run by Owner at 12:45:39 on 2014-11-02
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium   6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.3758.2325 [GMT -6:00]
AV: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Updated* {17AD7D40-BA12-9C46-7131-94903A54AD8B}
SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Updated* {ACCC9CA4-9C28-93C8-4B81-AFE241D3E736}
FW: ZoneAlarm Free Firewall Firewall *Enabled* {1B8D532F-88B1-B2AD-ED22-AED92687A1D2}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\W... Read more

A:Windows Media Player Virus, Can't open any files WMC opens instead

I also wanted to add that my friend doesn't have a disc to reinstall the os so if possible I want to battle this one out at least to the point where I can salvage his pictures and memories.  
And I can't get exe. files to run even from a flash drive even when they are named differently.

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WMP is on my PC but for some reason it will not show the image part of an mpeg. It does play the audio, but just shows those wacky visualizations instead of the moving image that is part of the file.

I've tried this numerous times always with the same results. Any suggestions? It's WMP v.

Might a virus, or some scumware, be screwing things up?


A:Solved: Windows Media Player doesn't play image part of mpeg files.

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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?

A: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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Grandkids were visiting this weekend from out of town and using my computer for their
kids websites. When they left and I attempted to open Media Player, it would not open.
I heard them talking about movies on their web site but did not pay attention. Could they have disabled Media Player? My question really is how do I get it to open up again?

A:Solved: Media Player Doesn't Open

You could download a new copy from Microsoft and install it.

Or you could try a system restore to the day before the kids played with it

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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.

A: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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I've been having a problem with my Windows 7 machine that began after a windows update the kept having trouble installing by appearing to never fully install the update. It would just show on the screen that it was done installing several but not every update (I don't know if that is related, but I assumed so). Either way for a few weeks now I've had trouble getting pictures or video to open in most any program, and with the Windows viewer and player they don't open media at all. After un/reinstalling Quicktime & VLC those now seem to be back to normal again and will open videos. IrfanView though never did lose the ability to open picture files the entire time.
I was needing some ideas on how to restore Windows Media Player and Windows picture viewer back to full functionality, I looked but did not see how to un/reinstall those programs individually since they seem to be a part of Windows 7. But along the way in an effort to fix these problems I have un/reinstalled my video drivers, changed file associations, run anti-virus/malware software, run SFC and installed all current updates for my system but I have yet to find a reason as to why it is doing this. Any help would be much appreciated.
Without knowing exactly what I'm looking for or how to best describe my tech issues I've included a few screen shots to show my system specs and examples of what would happen when I tried to open up files or even the system information under control panel.
Thank yo... Read more

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Whenever I insert CD's or DVD's into either of my optical drives, Windows Media Player as well as My Computer recognize that media had been added. The problem is, when I eject the media (whether it's pushing the eject button on the drive or right clicking as selecting eject) My computer as well as WMP fail to recognize that the media has been removed. If I insert a new cd or dvd, both my computer as well as WMP see it as the original piece of media. The other strange thing is iTunes is able to accurately determine if there is media in a drive or not.

Any idea's as to what is going on with my drives? I'm pretty sure it's just a software issue with Vista or WMP, since iTunes doesn't seem to be affected. I have no idea on how to resolve this. Thanks in advance for any help

A:"My Computer" and Windows Media Player doesn't recognize the removal of optical media

Just a quick update with things that I've tried. First I checked for errors on the C drive to see if a file or something was corrupt. After that didn't work, I uninstalled and reinstalled the drives, again to no avail.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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I have recently carried out clean install of OS. on C:\

My documents, videos, pictures etc are on E:\
Locations are set correctly as per:http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/windo...o-size_p2/2941

While I can see them to browse, and can copy move etc. .... if I double click on an item to open I get error:

"Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access them."

For example I double click a video file I get that error ... yet if I carry out via right click :
open with> VLC media player

It opens and runs fine.

A:Windows doesn't start files on double click

How did you move them to E:? What procedure did you follow?

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I need help. I unable to open my other documents since it was default to Media player. I already tried to change it through default program but it still the same. The icon also change to media player icon. Anybody can help?

A:Files Open In Media Player

Hi Luckmans,

Welcome to the forum.

What other documents are you try to open? What are their file extensions?


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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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[EDIT: THE REDIRECT PROBLEM HAS RETURNED--PLEASE HELP!]Hi all,My 3.5 year old computer has worked fantastically until the last 24 hours. When a sketchy web site popped up last night, I suspected I had picked up a virus. Immediately, I found that I wasn't able to open windows media files, nor open Windows Media Player itself. Today, I discovered the same was true re: Word files and Microsoft Word itself. Also today, I found that I suddenly had a browser redirect virus (this could have been on there last night as well--didn't browse the web further after the sketchy web site popped up). Almost any time I clicked on a link on firefox or chrome, it would get redirected to some other site. However, I ran Malware Bytes, and it came up with nothing. Nor did any shade .exes appear to be running. However, the problem persisted, so I did a System Restore to two evenings ago. Now, the browser redirect problem seems to have disappeared, but I still can't do anything with Word or WMP. Any help would be tremendously appreciated!Here is my hijack this log:<<Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 2:02:50 PM, on 1/17/2010Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS ... Read more

A:Media Player, Word, Maybe Other Files Won't Open

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer! We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Fo... Read more

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I have vista os and windows media player doesn't recognize when I have blank cds or a burnt cd in my drive.It will only recognize professional label cds. It used to recognize any but hasn't for about 4 months now.Please Please help.!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Thanks, Moon

A:media player doesn't recognize media

Any other media player such as VLC can read from the disk ?? and what do you mean by "doesn't recognize " ?? cant it completelly read or rather system is reading the disk, howver WMP is not playing it ??

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sumbody..plz help me..this is a big major problem with me..

why all programs in my laptop open with window media player?? even i try to change it with suitable program..still it open with window media player...

help meee!!!

A:why all files and folder open with window media player???

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Windows Media Player automatically pops up when I first turn pc on. Most icons on desktop have wmp icon. when I right click, it doesn't give me "open with" option, it only gives me "Open" and it opens wmp.

Also, when I right click on desktop, then properties, I then click on "display setting".. it opens wmp.

When I click on "default setting" it opens wmp.

When I click on "Start', control panel, uninstall a program, every is ok until I click on "Turn windows feature on or off" wmp opens again.

I tried all suggestions on different forums, but at one point in one of steps suggested, wmp opens before I can complete unistall or disable.

Any better suggestions? I'm afraid quick fix links suggested in some forums. I am not computer savvy so not sure what to do. I start job next week, and I'll need to use my pc, but don't want anything to go wrong. Help!! Thanks

A:Windows Media Player opens everything I click on. Why?

Hello genesis, and welcome to Vista Forums.

A quick fix would be to do a system restore at boot using a restore point (if available) dated before this happened.

If that is not an option, then you could download and merge the .reg files for the listed lnk (LNK), exe, and dll options in the tutorial below. They will restore the default associations for these file extensions and hopefully fix this for you. You could also download and merge any other file extension that is not working properly as well if you like.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

Hope this helps,

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windows media player 11 does not let me click on the network tab in tools > opotions!

when i click on it, it just doesnt go on it, it just stays on the tab its already on yet all the other tabs work!!

i have tried unistalling and doing it again but i have the same prob.

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I get problem with my wmp10, sometimes when I Click on Library tab in Windows Media Player 10, it automatically restart my computer even I formated my hard disk and re-install my windows.
it never happened before just recently.
Someone could help me?

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Hi Everyone,

I am in the process of organising a playlist of music videos for my works Christmas Party. This year I want to do something really special in the form of streaming the music videos from one (host) computer to several (guest) computers using VLC Media Player.

Here is a link to the method that I am using to Stream music videos -


I have decided on the HTTP method of streaming because this appears to be relatively simple to setup, and effective for reaching multiple clients.

However immediately I have noticed a number of caveats -

1). Media doesn't always play at the same time on all clients. I would like all music videos to play in sync (ignoring potential network 'lag' issues)

2). VLC gets stuck with the Playlist of music videos that I have created; it plays the first music video on each of the clients, but once the first music video comes to an end VLC stops playing altogether.

* In some instances it just stops, and provides no on screen messages
** In other instances it pops up a box which I have come to believe is related to missing codecs (even though the 'server' and all 'clients' have exactly the same codec packs installed).

I am looking for some tips on the optimum way to stream music videos (in a variety of formats, e.g.: avi, flv, mpg, mpeg). Ideally I need to setup several hours of music videos and just hit the 'play button&... Read more

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Running winxp home edition with newest windows media player. When I try to copy cd tracks to my hd with media player I get Error# C00D2754 "The licenses for your media files are corrupted. Contact Microsoft product support". Of course, when I checked microsoft's help page I found absolutely nothing on this topic. Any ideas?


A:"The licenses for your media files are corrupted" ?? Windows Media Player

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Hi folks,

I just noticed on my Vista Home Prem. 64-Bit that somehow (mysteriously) Windows Media Player on it's own (I assume) has added the follwoing Shortcuts to my "Start Button" and the "Explorer" Right-Click function ... Shortcuts are as follows:

- Add to Windows Media Player List
- Play with Windows Media Player List
- Shop for Music Online

Q1: How can I Uninstall the above shortcuts the right way?
Without uninstalling WMP11 ... since it came with my Vista and I do NOT have the Program Install CD.

Q2: Can you guess how in the world it got installed or activated?
Since I sure as heck did not activate it ... knowingly anyway?



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I recently deployed a new Windows 7 Professional 64-bit desktop.
However, I can no longer double click to open folders -- it mysteriously stopped working.  I can (a) single-click + enter, (b) single click + Open icon or (c) single click + right-click > Open... all 3 of these will open folder.  Double click
does not work.
I have:

Verified I am current on all Microsoft patches Checked all relevant settings;  Folders are definitely set to double click to open (setting them to single click to open does work OK)
Re-associated Folder, Drive and Directory associations by merging the registry fixes as recommended on several sites, such as these:
Created a new user profile without success sfc /scannow as Administrator assoc Folder=Folder from Administrator shell

Thanks for any guidance.

A:Double Click Doesn't Open Folders

Base on my test, if you slowly double click the place on the name of a folder, it will act as the behavior to rename the folder.
I would like to verify if the issue occur with all Windows 7 machine or a special machine? Could it double click to open a program?
Please logon with Safe Mode to see if the same issue occurs. Also you can try to change another mouse for test.
 Leo Huang
TechNet Community Support

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Initially, whenever I double clicked any drive icon, it denied access and my anti-virus (AOL Active Virus Shield) showed a warning (not-a-virus: trojan). I treated the threats (deleting infected files).

After that, whenever I double clicked any drive icon, it just opened an "Open With" box. I created a new open action using Windows Explorer as the application.

But now, it just says "action denied". I have to right click the drive and select open from the menu to open any drive. Folders and everything else work fine.

By the way, I know there was a topic called "double clicking folders opens search window" but the links in that topic just generate an error message...

Help please. Thank you in advance.

A:Double Click Doesn't Open Drives

Run CHKDSK on that drive and try Doug Knox's folder_open.vbs if you continue to have problems.Always back up your registry before making any changes. If you are not familiar with working in the registry, then you should NOT attempt to make any changes on your own. Improper changes to the registry could adversely affect your computer and render it inoperable.If the above does not resolve the issue then your symptoms could be related to a flash drive infection. In that case download Flash_Disinfector.exe by sUBs and save it to your desktop.Double-click Flash_Disinfector.exe to run it and follow any prompts that may appear.Wait until it has finished scanning and then exit the program.The utility may ask you to insert your flash drive and/or other removable drives. Please do so and allow the utility to clean up those drives as well.Reboot your computer when done.

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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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I'm using WMP 11 on my Windows XP SP3 OS.

A few weeks ago I started getting the dreaded "Windows Media Player has encountered a problem and need to close." message (with the send and don't send error report options) whenever any kind of USB device is plugged into my computer and turned on. This includes flash drives, ex. hard drives and my mp3 player.

When this message comes up, WMP continues to function normally until I close the error message box.

Until now, I usually just move the error message out of the way and ignore it. But now I believe that whatever is causing this is also affecting WMP syncing with my mp3 player. I can access what is already on the player, but if I try to add new songs, it just tries to sync with it without ever achieving to.

After this, WMP says that the device connected is operating slowly or not responding.

Any idea what is wrong and what I could do to resolve it?

A:Windows Media Player doesn't like USB's?

Try to uninstall WMP 11 and use WMP 10 for a test. Just wondering..

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Windows 7x64 Ultimate machine - When I double click on a media file of any sort (MP3, WMV, AVI, etc) from Explorer the window that would play the file comes up and then immediately OVER that window the Windows Media Player library comes up, pauses for 5-10 seconds, doesn't display anything then goes away. The media window will start playing the file.

If a media file is playing and I double click on another one it will immediately start playing.

Trying to get the files to start playing immediately again. I have deleted registry keys and it was like WMP was being started for the first time and deleted the WMP database. No luck.

A:Double click on media file, does not play immediately

right-click on the media file and choose the "Open with.." option
then select the entry "Choose default program.."

- this will give the choice of which program you want to use to listen to the file..

- if you tick the box that says "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file.."
- it will always go to the same program, say Windows Media Player or whatever, whenever you want to listen to music..

- you can reset it to suit whatever type of file you are using - MP3, AVI, etc..

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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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I'm running XP. Connected network media player. connected to router well but computer/Windows Media Player, doesn't find Xbox or media player to allow sharing. Connected well through laptop using Vista. What can I do?

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I have an eMachines tower legally running Win XP Home SP3. Until a month or two ago, Windows Media Player ran just fine. Then WMP announced that an upgrade was available, and I decided to take it. There was something about initializing the upgrade that I didn't like, so I uninstalled it and reinstalled WMP from my original XP disk. The reinstallation went without a hiccup, but WMP refuses to work. With MP3s associated with WMP, if I double-click an MP3, WMP appears to want to run--that is, it initializes something--but nothing else happens. WMP is not listed with my Currently Installed Programs.

I also have the Quick Time Player, and I changed the file association to run MP3s with Quick Time, which works okay. Incidentally (or not?), MP3 files still display with WMP icons, even though MP3s are associated with and automatically play with Quick Time.

I'd really like to get WMP back. Can somebody help me make it happen?

A:Windows Media Player doesn't work

Try updating your WMP. the latest codec pack is here.

I use WinAmp for music, you can get that here

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Hello again all,

I've tried to play some DVDs on Windows Media Player, but I get a dialog box that says:-

"Windows Media Player is currently unable to play DVD video. Try decreasing the number of colors displayed on your monitor or decreasing the screen resolution. For additional solutions, click More Information to access the DVD Troubleshooter."

I have done all of these things, but to no avail. Changing colours etc seems to make no difference. Wonder if anyone could shed a bit of light?

Thanks and regards,


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Today I discovered WMP won't play anything. No videos and no music. That's since today, I'm certain. I've only played some games today so I have no idea what it could be.

(off topic): My WiFi network doesn't have a very strong signal, the signal is weak upstairs and my ipod can't find it sometimes. What can I do to fix that?
Also I've got many lags and push-backs-because-of-poor-network-and-I-forgot-the-name-of-that in Battlefield 3.

A:[WMP] Windows Media Player doesn't play

Are you trying to stream videos with Windows Media Player? What type of video are you trying to play what format is it? Any errors?

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Hello -

As of today my Windows Media Player does not start up. I tried to start it from my desktop and start menu, never will start it up. Also, I tried to start it by doubleclicking items that are associated with my media player, such as my music. I'm not quite sure what to do. I ran my spyware programs (in hopes that maybe it was somehting to do with that) but that didn't seem to fix the problem. Thanks for the help.

A:Windows Media Player doesn't start up

You can try uninstalling it and then reinstalling it and see if that works.

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I have Vista Home Basic SP2 and for some time WMP11 doesn't start. Any suggestions for help would be highly appreciated.

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I downloaded WMP10 and had periodic problems when watching streaming video. At some point, WMP10 just wouldn't close. So when I ended one video segment and tried to click on another, WMP10 wouldn't open because it had never closed from the prior use. The only way to resolve the problem is to reboot. This occurs on a completely random basis. I uninstalled 10 and reinstalled 9 which worked well until Microsoft message said "there's an update to 9 available and do you want it?" Foolishly I said "yes".

Well now I'm back to the same old problem. Re-booting (or having to click the "Run With Real Player" option) is a nuisance. I'm not looking for a solution to the problem, but HEY if anyone has one, great. What I'd really just settle for is advice on how can I close WMP10 manually so that I can avoid all the re-booting stuff. It happens with enough frequency to make it really annoying.

From all my attempts to download, install, uninstall, etc WMP 9 and 10, I've got so many files in the Media Player folder I really don't even know which one to attack first...if any. Could this be (part of) the problem? I actually have the following in the folder:

I'm running Dell Dimension 8300, Windows XP (Home) SP2, 512Ram 74GB

Thanks a lot.


A:Windows Media Player 10 Doesn't Close

I usually refer to this website when i have a problem with wmp. If i were you I would get the latest codecs and patches for wmp and install them. Besides fixes there are great features that would make wmp more fun. Check it out.

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i have windows vista home premium with windows media player. i bought my first ever download. it went into my music folder, but windows media player doesn't see it, says it can't find it. i decided (I can't recall how i decided) that the problem was most likely because the download had a .htm file format. (It seems odd that music would be in .htm format, and that's one of my questions). anyhow, i downloaded a free translator to attempt to put the file into some form the player might recognize, but i could never figure out how to get the file into the translator, i couldn't figure out how to run the translator. finally, i got scared of goofing up my puter, and deleted the translator. I am totally lost! I can't find info anywhere on what file formats media player recognizes. I'm really excited to start learning this stuff---i havn't listened to my favorite music in about 20 years, and i really wanna do it. I don't know quite where to start and i feel discouraged.

A:windows media player doesn't see my download

.htm isn't a music file, so you're right about that.

It sounds as though you may have saved the LINK to the download instead of the song itself.

Where did you download this song from?

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.......the CD or DVD burner (it is a slimtype DVDRW 9) I have a program installed that came with the PC called Sonic RecordNow! which looks okay but I have an episode of the simpsons on my hard drive I want to burn to DVD. There is only the option to make an exact copy of an already existing disc with Sonic RecordNow! and I would like the option to use both Sonic RecordNow! and Windows Media Player to burn stuff. Any suggestions would be great guys. Thanx

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I was trying to install Microsoft Screen Reader. That WMEncoder would not do a complete install. It would put the item in my Remove Programs list, and there was a file in my C/Program Files but it wasn't completing. When I went to Remove Programs to uninstall it I'd get a notice that "this only applies to products that are installed." Now my Windows Media Player doesn't work so I'm thinking that somehow something necessary got removed when I was messing with this Screen Reader installation.

Can someone help, please!

A:Windows media player doesn't work

I'm not great at troubleshooting but here are some alternatives that I think work better.Winamp will suddenly stop playing MP3's

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i've got the windows media player 10 with all the codecs installed but i can't play any music or film. it appears an error-message saying that i don't have the necessary codecs to play. i've already tried to installed it again and download more codecs but the problem remains.

does anybody know how to solve the problem??​

A:windows media player doesn't work

Stop using crappy Microsoft software and download something decent and free like winamp at uh... winamp.com

If that doesn't work you still haven't got the right codec (codecs are shared between any media players, it could be MP10 is buggy, and doesn't pick it up)

If your media has an avi extension it might most probably be a divx compression which you get at uh.... divx.com

If all of the above doesn't work you should give me some more info....
1) What are the extensions of the media that doesn't play?
2) Is it all media that's not playing or only certain media files?
3) Does your sound work in general?

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One day all of the sudden I can't load Windows Media Player. I on the Task Manager to see what happened. Whenever I execute Windows Media Player 11, wmplayer.exe loads but goes off in a second. It's gone! What's happening?

Windows XP Service Pack 2
Windows Media Player 11.0.5721.5145 (WMP_11.061018-2006)
Windows Internet Explorer 7.0.6000.16512 (vista_gdr.070625-1522)

A:Windows Media Player doesn't load!

Well, since no one replyed, I uninstalled Windows Media Player to revert to the old one. I went back to Windows Media Player 9 series. When I execute it, (finally) an error message appeared. Well, the issue was an old issue. I googled the error message and solved the problem. Later I installed Windows Media Player 11 again and it was fine.


Windows Media Player "An internal application error has occurred"

The Problem:-When you try to start Microsoft Windows Media Player, you may receive an "An internal application error has occurred" (or a similar) error message.

Cause:-This issue may occur if one or more of the Jscript registry key settings are incorrect. This behavior may also occur if the Jscript.dll file is missing or damaged.


1.Click Start, and then click Run.

2.In the Open box, type regsvr32 jscript.dll, and then click OK.

3.Click OK.

4.Click Start, and then click Run.

5.In the Open box, type regsvr32 vbscript.dll, and then click OK.

6.Click OK.

If either of the files do not register as expected, or if you receive an error message, the system file may be missing or damaged. To extract the missing file in Microsoft Windows XP, follow these steps:

1.Click Start, and then click Run.

2.In the Open box, type msconfig, and then click OK.

3.Click Expand File.

4.In the File to restore box, type the name of the file that you want to restore.

5.In... Read more

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Left double-click now produces "Add to Winamp's bookmark list." When i look at the options available for My Computer --> Tools --> Folder Options --> file types -->edit file types --> actions

I find 3 winamp options, find, and Print Directory Listing (this prints on the printer)

There is no Open (which is what I want and what used to work)

This problem started after I installed a new version of Windows Media Player. I don't recall making any changes in file actions, but maybe I did.

Please help me restore the Open action.



A:Solved: Left double-click doesn't open file

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I am trying to burn a Cd in Windows Media Player and it doesn't detect my burner that came with my computer. error says "connect a burner and restart the player". but it is already there. Please help

A:windows media player doesn't see my burner drive

Hi and welcome to TSF this may help http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cd_dvd_drive_problems

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