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Windows Media Player - How to play media without any skin and floating media controls

Q: Windows Media Player - How to play media without any skin and floating media controls

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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Is there anyway in Windows Media Player 11 to play media without displaying skin, meaning only the media is displayed. Full screen display basically does that with controls being hidden and then activated by cursor movement. ATI does that with it media player by allowing you to hide/display border/controls.

Thanks for any help!


A:Windows Media Player 11 - How to play media without any skin

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

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I am operating on Windows vista. Iused to be abble to play my library of music and watch videos and everything but the last couple of days everytime I try to play any kind of media on it wont play at all. It somes up with " Windows Media Player encountered a problem while playing the file. For additional assistance, click Web Help" When I click Web help I go through all the steps I should but the all that they suggest is fine on my computer. Except that it gives me the option of contacting my computer manufacturer and mine doesn't even come up. I have an ASUS. I have no idea what to do. can you help. I would rather not just not use WMP like you suggested someone else.

A:Windows Media Player won't play any media

reinstall WMP.
get it here http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/mediaplayer/default.mspx

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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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hi, i was messing around with skins on wmp(downloaded them from microsofts site) and now i can't get to the skin editor and change them back, please help

A:Windows media player skin

See if this helps: Create and modify WMP skins | Windows 7,Cloud Computing,Virtualization,Wordpress,SEO,Google,Themes

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Hey all, I've got a newly created desktop and I would like it to act similarly to my laptop. On my laptop when I would make media player v9 go into skin mode, the skin would always 'minimize' into the same spot. The spot where I wanted it. Now on the desktop, I'm still using media player v9 and the same skin, but when I force it into skin mode, it always goes to the same place, but its not where I want it to go. I have to move it to the correct location. Does anyone know how to fix this?

Thanks ahead of time.

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Ok this is kind of new, never noticed it before. WMP default skin is kind of boring so I searched around for a new skin, couldn't find a nice enough skin to my satisfaction. I was playing around and changing skins when I noticed a nice somewhat transparent skin appear suddenly. This is how I found this:

First I applied the default skin.

2nd the default skin appears.

3rd you click the 'switch to library mode' button on top right corner of the window, after going to library mode click 'switch to now playing' button on bottom right corner, you get the nice looking hidden windows skin voila!

anyone knew about this?

A:Windows Media Player Hidden Skin

I didn`t see a way to change the colors , like with past versions. So I started using WinAmp.

If there`s a way to change the colors, please let me know.

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I just learned how to make a basic Windows Media Player skin file. My question has to do with the text element -- The "wmpproplayer.currentMedia.name" (TRACKNAMETEXT predefined element) only displays the track name when my skin is in action. How can I make my scrolling text say "Artist name - track name" instead of just the track name? Any advice appreciated!!



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I was on the Microsoft Website and I came across a Batman Skin that I wanted to use with my Windows Media Player for Windows 7: Home Premium. But the message that came up was "The Skin might try to access your media files do you want to still install it?" I'm a little concerned about this message should I install the skin or not?

A:I have a question about installing a Skin on Windows Media Player?

Its a normal message giving you a "set of expectation" what will it do. I do have several skins, Bumble bee of transformer, Alienware and it works fine ive been using as well a wmploc.dll customization for more pretty look. I have something like this, take a look: http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/i/20...er-d34dzl0.png

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Everytime I go and try to watch a DVD or AVI in the skin view/mode, I get 5 minutes into the movie and I get an error message. "Windows Media Player has encountered a problem and needs to close"

BUT, if I watch the movie in the regular view/mode with out the skin view, I get no problems and the movie runs fine. <----

Are you only suppose to use the Skin view for Music ? <---

I updated all my codecs at microsoft and got current Divx codecs for my Divx movies.

A:Windows Media Player 10 crashes when watching DVD's and AVI's while in Skin view

if you haven't yet, probably installing Service Pack 2 will ease this problem, else try uninstall reinstall codecpack/wm10/wmvencoder9

btw I heavily recommend using the k-lite mega codecpacks as they prevent weird codec issues you get by downloading these seperately

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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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The problem occurs on Windows Media Player 11 when I play a video in full screen. When the mouse is moved, the controls appear and block the bottom of the screen (including important information such as subtitles). I have seen other computers shrink the image (maintaining aspect ratio) when the controls appear so that the lower part of the image does not get covered by the controls. How can I do this?

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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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Hey all, I've got a newly created desktop and I would like it to act similarly to my laptop. On my laptop when I would make media player v9 go into skin mode, the skin would always 'minimize' into the same spot. The spot where I wanted it. Now on the desktop, I'm still using media player v9 and the same skin, but when I force it into skin mode, it always goes to the same place, but its not where I want it to go. I have to move it to the correct location. Does anyone know how to fix this?

Thanks ahead of time.

A:Media Player skin info...

Just a small little bump.

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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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Hi, recently when I opened an .avi file with windows media player classic it automatically went full screen and there were no controls (seek bar, play, pause etc) available. The hotkeys did not work either. For instance the space bar usually acts as a play/pause button but now it doesnt do anything. THe only possible way to stop the movie from playing once it is in full screen is either by Alt+F4 or by starting the task manager. I have tried it with otherr files (.mkv) and it still does the same thing

I don't really now how to fix it (I have tried rebooting my PC several times!! ) so please tell me if you know!


A:Windows media player classic - Stays full screen and no controls available

hold down alt tap the enter key

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I am running Vista Home Premium 32-bit with Windows Media Player 11 installed. Just a couple of days ago, I put the Player in Skin Mode, and it stopped responding. When I close out and re-open it, it opens in skin mode, and fails to respond at all. I've never had this problem before. I thought maybe my most recent updates affected it somehow, so I did a System Restore to before those updates. WMP opened in full mode, but still failed to respond when I changed to Skin Mode. Any advice would be appreciated.

Most recent report of the problem:

Windows Media Player

Stopped working

5/10/2009 4:23 PM

Report Sent

Problem signature
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: wmplayer.exe
Application Version: 11.0.6001.7004
Application Timestamp: 49472063
Fault Module Name: AlbumArt3D.dll
Fault Module Version:
Fault Module Timestamp: 441e0e9a
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 00003179
OS Version: 6.0.6001.
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: f05d
Additional Information 2: 01446e2ffe549acca0a51b2f93dfd3fb
Additional Information 3: 44a6
Additional Information 4: 3f188d41af25e51eb54c4a3808514be1

Extra information about the problem
Bucket ID: 1159552649

A:Media Player not responding in Skin Mode

A skin or visualisation pug-in that you installed brought AlbumArt3D.dll with it, and that DLL is causing WMP to crash. In fact, that DLL is fairly old on your machine - "Mon, 20 Mar 2006 02:08:26 UTC" (441e0e9a).

You should try to work out what/where that DLL came from and hence either update it with a newer version (in the hope that its bugs will be fixed), or remove it if no updates are available.

A quick web search yields an MS newsgroups discussion which matches your situation very closely:

WMP 11 Skin in microsoft.public.windowsmedia.player.skins

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Hi everyone!

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

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

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

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

OS: Vista 32 bit

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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I was wondering if there was a way to rip media off the web, from sites that run the windows media player firefox plugin to play the clip. I need to rip a clip off there for a school project, this is the linkhttp://archives.cbc.ca/politics/provincial_territorial_politics/clips/776/

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks High

A:Solved: Windows Media Player 11 Media Sharing Problems

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

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

Hope this helps someone.

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

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Hello all,

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

please help..

thank [email protected]

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

Try using K-lite mega codecs




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

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

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I am using WMP 12, on Windows 7, as a media server for an external disk (WD Passport Ultra) plugged into and configured by my router (ZyXel VMG8924) via its USB slot. It works quite happily for video files up to two hierarchical levels below my Videos folder,
i.e. they are arranged in year number folders and some of those folders have sub-folders, none of whose contents appear to be indexed by WMP Digital Server, but all videos at the two higher hierarchical levels are. I have tried both the 'apply media information
changes' option from the Organize menu option, and the 'make all of the media in my library available to my device' from the media streaming options customization but neither had any effect in showing up my missing videos (which by the way are mainly mpg's).
The router also allows configuration of an ftp server for the Videos folder and this is able to retrieve every single file in it so I know they are accessible by this route. Any ideas?

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


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

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

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://scholar.google.com/
R1 - HKLM\Softwar... Read more

A:Cannot connect Windows Media Player to the internet for Media info

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

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

hello & welcome to TSF,

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Does anybody know of any solutions?

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

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

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hello ,

The problem is that everytime i want to watch some internet media such as an online video windows media player 10 pops up as it should then an error message pops up in the middle of the player saying :

"Windows Media Player cannot play the file. If the file is located on the Internet, connect to the Internet. If the file is located a removable storage card, insert the storage card."

this hasnt always been the case this problem started to occur about a week ago.

i can play videos if i save the video to my computer but this is very awkward and i would realy like to resolve and sort this problem out.

(i am currently running on windows xp home edition.)

i hope you can help me thanks.

A:Windows media player 10 internet media error please help.

Try this

Go to Tools, Options, and check the "Connect to the internet ...." option located within the "Player" tab .. I had the same probl4em and it worked for me


ben456 said:

hello ,

The problem is that everytime i want to watch some internet media such as an online video windows media player 10 pops up as it should then an error message pops up in the middle of the player saying :

"Windows Media Player cannot play the file. If the file is located on the Internet, connect to the Internet. If the file is located a removable storage card, insert the storage card."

this hasnt always been the case this problem started to occur about a week ago.

i can play videos if i save the video to my computer but this is very awkward and i would realy like to resolve and sort this problem out.

(i am currently running on windows xp home edition.)

i hope you can help me thanks.Click to expand...

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I am a music downloader.
It used to be that WMP12 would update the mp3 music folders to where the folder contents would read as follows:

01 'Track Name'
02 'Track Name'
03 'Track Name'

and so on...

This is no longer the case. WMP will not update my media library files, although it says it does. I have cleared the cache, cleared all .wmdb files, and have completely removed all 9000 plus songs and have them reloaded. I've also uninstalled and reinstalled WMP12 to no avail.

I can manually correct the files myself, but I shouldn't have to.
What setting am I missing that needs to be set so my media library will automatically update?


A:Windows Media Player will not update media library

Do you have retrieve additional information from the internet checked in options ?

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Hey everyone,

I am having troubles sharing my Windows Media Player 11 library on my Vista machine with my Windows XP computer.

Both players are sharing media the same way and automatically allowing new devices to connect.

My roommates computer see's both libraries as well as my Vista Computer. The XP machine does not see the shared library.

I have Trend Micro PC Cillin on my Vista machine. It is connected by cat5 to a Linksys Wireless router in gateway mode.

On my XP machine i have AVG antivirus with no firewall installed. It is connect to the Linksys wirelessly - bu so is my roomates laptop.

On both machines i have the latest .net framwork installed and on the xp machine i installed windows media connect.

I cant figure it out, i think it is a software problem and not a physical network problem.

any ideas?

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I swear that I am on the site that I was on yesterday, and I posted this question, but it isn't here & I still find this site very confusing to navigate, so I will try once more!!

I ripped a 2 disc CD to my computer - Disc 1 - no problem, Disc 2 - the first part of the tract info came up in squares & the remainder was correct. I created a playlist. I synched it to the first MP3 - no problem, then I tried a second MP3 - errors in red circles - files missing media usage rights. So I deleted the first playlist, made a new list and no problems. The files from both Disc are not protected, according to their properties description.

I subscribed to a site in November and downloaded DRM files - big problems - these files had to be synched every month & playlists for CD's which had files which were not protected, were also affected - that is error messages came up for those playlists - even though I had previously been able to synch & play them on the MP3 with no problems. I have deleted all DRM files from my computer, but I was able to (unintentionally) find a software program which would remove the DRM protection. So I have been able to burn these files to a CD, which I previously could not do. If I try to synch these files to my MP3 - am I going to have problems?

Thank-you very much

A:Windows Media Player, media usage rights.

Hi & welcome

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you should get a notification that you ave a private message. Just follow the instructions to open a new window with the message displayed.

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When I try to play a video file WMP 11 attempts to download Media Usage Rights. I get a big button that displays "Download" (pic1), however when I press the button the next page does not display(pic2).

The window says that it is going to download video license ver 3.412

My OS: Windows Vista 32-bit SP1
Wmp version: 11

Anyone that can help me?

A:Windows Media Player 11 - Media Usage Rights


I get the same message.

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I keep getting the windows media player coming up and to download a file from Zango.com, how do I get rid of this. I ran all my scans for spyware and nothing comes up its getting rather annoying. I am using windows xp, the only time it comes up is when I go to my website here: http://c.j.portraits.truefresco.org/index1.htm can someone go to the website and tell me if they get the same malware coming up on their computer.

A:Media Licenseacquisition.org keeps coming up on windows media player

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I have Windows XP Home Editon,
A TCP/IP basic Lan network set up,
Newest Windows Media Players,
I want to know how to transmit and recieve "media Packets"
via my LAN so I can broadcast the DVDs/Music

Support would be greatly appriciated.

Need any more info just ask.

A:How to set up media streaming on Windows Media Player via network

Hi Karsten,

I have my own radio station- currently down now, because of a problem I'm having with my two hard drives. I use Winamp to stream the music. This, I've found, is the easiest method out there, and is compatible with just about all other media players (i.e., Windows Media, iTunes, Musicmatch, and of course, Winamp can all tune in).

To use this setup, you will need Winamp player, SHOUTcast DNAS server, and the shoutcast winamp plugin. These are all free.

In order to serve from within a network, you'll have to set up port forwarding for port 8000 (or whatever port you choose to serve on).

This is everything you need to get started. If after downloading all of these, you find yourself unsure of what to do, post again and I'll walk you through it- I just don't have the time to write out a guide unless it's needed.

Hope this helps.

Oh, and this is for streaming audio. Video is much more complicated and time-consuming.

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I have recently purchased a new laptop and then upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 using the updater. I have Windows Media Player as a Tile when I press the start menu and this App opens and plays my music in the same way as previously. However, I also wish to listen to a range on Internet Radio Stations, which on my old laptop were available through activating Media Guide .... despite following all instructions in an attempt to find and activate Media Guide in this Media Player (looks like Ver 12), there are no check-boxes, or any other links available to activate Media Guide.

How do I activate Media Guide so that I can listen to Internet Radio?

A Google search reveals a set of instructions that include customising the Navigation Bar, but I don't have the specific check-box specified. Also, I've been through the route of attempting to manage libraries - no Media Guide there either.

Anybody got any clues?

A:Windows Media Player - Media Guide Not Present?

I don't think it is part of the WMP interface anymore. However, you can access the content at http://www.windowsmedia.com/radioui/home.aspx .

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

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

A:Windows Media Player vs Media Center avi issues

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

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Hey guys,
I have a Windows 2003 server (Domain Controller), and an XP network of 30 computers. Recently the Windows media player and real player use port 80 for media streaming, and it kills the internet connection at work. I need to know how to block the media players from using media streaming. I am using a 3com VPN firewall and if i block port 80, no one will be able to browse the internet, so this is not a solution. I don't have capabilities to block media streaming in the firewall. As you know by now, the firewall is also my gateway to the internet which is an ADSL connection. I am runnin

Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance.

A:Blocking Media Streaming in Windows media Player

Look here http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&q=Blocking+Media+Streaming+in+Windows+media+Player

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I'm running WMP version 9.0 on a P2 350 MHZ computer. I have 256 RAM installed and are having problems getting the player to play audio samples from the web. For example: I'm interested in hearing a certain track on amazon.com's site; I scroll down to the CD's track listing and are offered a chance to "listen" to a certain song. I'm assuming that it isn't the ENTIRE track so it shouldn't take long to steam it. I have a DSL line and it takes a long time to try to get the song to play so I just quit out of it. One time I waited nearly 5 minutes and still no music. Is there a reason why WMP 9.0 isn't working with my setup ?? If I click on WMP (launch the program) my video and audio works WITHIN that but not when I try to sample a song from another website. What can I do to fix this ? Is upgrading to version 10 the answer? Before I purchase a CD online I'd like to hear what's on it first. You can't download these samples, you can only listen to them. Any help is appreciated.

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I would like to play blu-ray DVD's on my PC using only Windows Media Player 11. Is that possible, or do I need additional codecs?

Thank you,


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A:Can I play blu-ray DVD's on my PC using only Windows Media Player 11?

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I went through the windows troubleshooting, and that did not help. I have a nero dvd decoder, and I just updated that. Everything is up to date. my res is 1280x1024 (I did lower it and tested that which did not fix it.)


A:windows media player will not play dvd

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I have Vista Home Premium and Windows media player won't play the videos I take with my Blackberry. Any ideas?

A:Windows media player won't play my mp4's

Hey,Follow the instructions below Download FFDShow from here.Run the installer. Select your language and click Next. Now you must accept the license agreement of FFDShow, and click Next to continue. Now you can choose an install directory (default is fine) and click Next again. You are now on the Select Components screen, VfW Interface should be selected by default, but if it is not, then please select it.Click Next and select a start menu folder (default is perfectly fine again), Click Next again and now you reach the "Select Additional Tasks" screen.It is important now that you ensure that under "Decode the following video formats with ffdshow", H.264 / AVC, DivX, and XviD options are selected. Scroll down further until you reach "Decode the following audio formats with ffdshow" and just ensure that AAC is selected and also selecting MP3 won't do any harm. (these settings are usually default) When you click Next, you will come to a "Management of compatibility issues" screen.It is recommended to leave the option to use FFDShow for video only with the programs listed beneath to prevent any compatibility problems with other software. Media Player Classic and Windows Media Player will be in here. Click Next and you will get the same screen again, this time for audio. Click Next and select your speaker setup (if you only have 2 speakers, its stereo). Click Next again and then "Install".

When the installation is finished, yo... Read more

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Hi, I can't get Windows Media Player 11 to play DVD's I've been on the Microsoft site and downloaded the Microsoft Windows Video Decoder Check up Utility and it says I no longer have a MPEG2 decoder installed. As far as I know this hasn't been deleted. The error message that comes up when I try to play a DVD is "Windows Media Player cannot play this DVD because there is a problem with digital copy protection between your DVD drive, decoder, and video card. Try installing an updated driver for your video card". Does any one know how to solve this problem or where I can go to get a free mpeg2/DVD decoder from? Thanks for your time.

A:Windows Media Player 11 Won't Play Dvd's

Here you have the decoder. You have to switch off the DRM in WMP 11

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I have recently built a new PC and installed Windows XP Home with SP2.

I have installed a fairly standard CD-RW/DVD combo, all mainboard chip support software has been installed. DVD'S play back perfectly and all sound functions seem to work fine but when I attempt to play back a CD a box comes up indicating that Windows cannot play the file because the file path may be wrong.

I installed a secondary media player just to make sure it was nothing to do with the drive and it played ok, so I know that technically everything is fine, codecs are installed and the drive can be found. I uninstalled the secondary player and went on the hunt for a technical solution from Microsoft, the explanation below is all I can find.

C00D1197: Cannot play the file
Windows Media Player cannot play the file. You might encounter this error message for one of the following reasons:
Your computer is not connected to the local area network (LAN) or to the Internet. Connect to the network or Internet, and then try again.
The path to the file is not valid. If you typed a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) in the Open URL dialog box, verify that the file name is spelled correctly and that the path to the file is correct, and then try again. If you clicked a link on a Web page, the link might not be valid.
The server is not available (for example, the server is busy or not online). Try again later.
Some network protocols in the Player are not enabled. Enable all network protocols, and then... Read more

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Hello, I don't know what has happened but I can see mu pictures on a CD but I can not watch any of my recorded DVD's.
Here is what it says, "Windows Media Player can not find the file. if you are trying to play, burn or sync an item that is in your library, the item might point to a file that has been removed, renamed or deleted. Also my Toshiba DVD player will not play a DVD either. Did I delete something that makes this program work? I really would like to be able to watch my movie clips of my grand kids. I haven't tried to see if I can burn to a DVD. I hope to have some info and hopefully fix this problem. Thanks for anyone who can help.

A:Windows Media Player will not play my DVD's

Has it ever worked in the past?

I would highly recommend you reinstall the driver for the CD ROM.

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