Fixes for Windows Media Player for Windows 7
The version number says it all. Windows Media Player has been updated, re-designed, fixed and patched so many times that it looks nothing like the original Windows Media Player for Windows XP released a decade ago. Unfortunately, while Microsoft chases the features of its multimedia application competitors, it introduces as many Windows Media Player bugs as it fixes. That combined with the company's insistence on pushing its own agenda when it comes to video, audio, movies and DVDs, can make using Windows Media Player 12 frustrating. Fortunately, many Media Player glitches can be fixed, or at least gotten around.
Unfortunately, the most common fix necessary for Windows Media Player 12 problems is to uninstall and re-install WMP12 on your computer. It seems that there are just too many registry keys, customizable values and configuration settings to not corrupt something sooner or later. However, there is a fix for Windows Media Player problems that sometimes avoids the need to uninstall and re-install the player.
Use a registry cleaner, like Glary Utilities or CCleaner, to check your registry for lost, orphaned or corrupted values. There is no guarantee that they'll be able to fix your WMP issue, but more than 50 percent of all problems with a suggested solution of re-installing Windows Media Player for Windows 7 can be fixed by doing a registry clean instead.
If you do have to uninstall WMP, make sure you don't make the mistake of just running the uninstall program or using the Control Panel to remove the program. The catch is that just uninstalling Windows Media Player the normal way ends up leaving behind so many files and settings that the corrupt one might be left as well. Use a power uninstaller tool, like Revo Uninstaller, to uninstall WMP and get all of those extra files.
Fixes For Burn To Disc Problems
Having trouble burning a CD from Windows Media Player? If you have checked all the settings and made sure that you are not trying to burn copy-protected files, first ensure that your CD is writable and try a new, never used, blank disc. If that doesn't work, adjust your burning speed. Sure, your CD writer is rated with a write speed of 32X, but that doesn't mean that going full speed will work on every computer system with every computer program. Try burning at 8x or even 4x speed. It's slower, but you'll make a lot less coasters.
If you have problems burning discs only occasionally, try turning on error correction. Inside Tools -> Options -> Devices select CD/DVD burner and click Advanced. Check the "Use error correction" box and see if that solves some of your problems. It seems that on some systems this little configuration change can make a big difference.
Corrupt or Missing DLLs or Other Files
Missing DLLs or corrupt files are a common error message displayed by WMP. When you run into this problem, use Microsoft's new Fixit tool. It will check to ensure that the required files are both in the right locations and are the right files. You don't even have to bother looking up what the error code number means first! While it isn't the best troubleshooting solution for all software problems, it seems to do a bang up job at fixing missing or corrupt DLLs and other files.
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