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Old 08-15-04, 11:38 AM
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Suddenly my Windows Media Player won't open? Why?

I went to play an avi video file and it would not open up in Windows Media Player as usual.
In fact the player won't open at all. It's still there, listed under Programs, but will not open.

I'm running XP Pro and have not installed SP2 yet, or done anything differently that I can think of.
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Old 08-15-04, 11:51 AM
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Will it open on other file types such as mpgs?
Have you check for viruses, trojans, malware, spyware. All the bad stuff that gets on your system without you knowing it.

You can download and run HijackThis and post the contents of the log here and/or do a system restore to see if that takes care of the problem

Also, right click on the Media Player icon and select "properties" , under the shortcut tab it should read:
"C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" /prefetch:1
(assuming that XP is installed on the C:\ drive)

EDIT:
You could also see if the avi will play in Media player Classic 6.4 located at:
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\mplayer2.exe

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Old 08-15-04, 12:03 PM
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That happened to me a while back, I had to re-install WMP and it worked again.
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Old 08-15-04, 12:22 PM
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Originally posted by 68ShelbyGT500KR
Will it open on other file types such as mpgs?

No, it won't open at all.

Have you check for viruses, trojans, malware, spyware. All the bad stuff that gets on your system without you knowing it.

I'm running some scans but so far have found nothing unusual.

You can download and run HijackThis and post the contents of the log here and/or do a system restore to see if that takes care of the problem

Yeah, maybe I'll try HijackThis. Would rather not have to do a full system restore.

Also, right click on the Media Player icon and select "properties" , under the shortcut tab it should read:
"C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" /prefetch:1
(assuming that XP is installed on the C:\ drive)


Yup, that's what it says.

EDIT:
You could also see if the avi will play in Media player Classic 6.4 located at:
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\mplayer2.exe


It's not a problem with my files. WMP opens fine in my notebook and plays the .avi files.

Thanks for the suggestions.
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Old 08-15-04, 12:22 PM
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Originally posted by JoeyOhhhh
That happened to me a while back, I had to re-install WMP and it worked again.
I might try that.
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Old 08-15-04, 12:25 PM
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I've also checked over on microsoft.support and can not see an article that appears to specifically address this issue.
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Old 08-15-04, 01:19 PM
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I didn't mean a full System Restore like from a recovery disc. I meant from XP's built-in System Restore (bases on a calender) to an earlier time (Prior to the Media Player issue)

In the start>run box:
%SystemRoot%\System32\restore\rstrui.exe


Or it is located in the Accessories>System Tools in the start Menu
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Old 08-16-04, 03:54 PM
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Ok so what I ended up doing was simply downloading another WMP from microsoft site.

It works fine.
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Old 09-04-05, 10:49 AM
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I have a similar problem. Everytime I try to open a media file or click on the WMP icon, I get the message: Windows Media Player is not properly installed. It then points me to the site to download and install it; however, I've tried it numerous times without luck. I also went to windows components installation in the control panel and removed it and reinstalled. Same message. I've searched for answers as well, and can't seem to find much of anything.
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