14 Windows Media Player Power Tips

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espl06

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Janny

Thanks it helped me to use Windows Media player.

Seinäkellot Lasten Kellot

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Paul Meier

Re:  your article in the March, 2011 issue regarding "Keep Playlists Private" in Windows Media Player.  I have WMP11 running under Vista64, and a friend has WMP12 running under Windows 7.  Neither of us can locate a "Tools" drop down menu.  Where exactly is that located?

    pmeier@nycap.rr.com

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stige

ctrl + m

or

alt + t

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Bob Bobson

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erniemink

This is an issue with your setup and computer. I know 46 people I am in contact with on a daily basis who have ONE TERABYTE hard drives full of videos, music and apps and they do not deal with that, even with the XBOX 360 Elite. You need to make sure your computer is first of all running Windows 7, and is up to date and that you have a good processor cabpable of dual core or even quad core speeds of at least 3 GHz, and a efficient hard drive and always have a good internet security program like Kapersky or Eset. This is a common issue that can be fixed easily with common knowledge and maintenance such as the above and using CCleaner and defraggin your hard drive with a good program like Puran Defrag. Hope this helps.

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DoctorDyna

I've tried to get WMP and media center going a few times, mostly to have an easy way to get my music and stuff in the living room with my xbox 360, but I've always had terrible problems.

Whenever I set my media directory in WMP, it starts a war with my hard drive trying frantically to add more than 400GB of music. The hard drive roars fiercely for hours. It gets to about 25 or 30% done and starts hanging and not responding.

And then there's wmpntwrk (or whatever it is)running in the background, presumably trying to continue indexing after you've gotten frustrated and closed WMP.

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timekills

Couple comments:

1) Highly recommend Sharky's Codec pack over CCCP. Multiple reasons, but bottom line Sharky's has less bloat, and better integration with ALL Windows' apps. At least check out the site. It has 32bit and 64bit versions as well. http://shark007.net/

2) dragonsomebodyftw: Have you tried the Zune software? It blows iTunes out of the water, and is much better than MediaMonkey at podcast and music integration. I own iPods, Zunes, and a number of other lesser brand MP3/media players, and MediaMonkey is good for generic use, admittedly. However the Zune software, for Windows, has come a LONG way and is the best all-around media management software.

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Shalbatana

Okay so after  trying MANY players, I've stooped to trying VLC yet again. However it still seems rancid with bugs. It won't play directly from a DVD without massive drops.

Anyway, I'm still looking for that "one player to rule them all". WMP was never a qualifier because of the limited codec support, and the lack of details it can give about a file it's playing. You've solved one issue for me (thanks) but didn't mention the other.

How can I get WMP to display the detailed info I can get from say... Super, or (shudders violently at the thought of mentioning this program in a good light) Quicktime, or even Nero SHowtime?

 

If I could get it to play all the codecs I can get, say VLC, Mplayer and Foobar to play, be stabke, skinnable and produce detailed info, WMP would be that top class player I've always wanted.

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Athlonite

have you tried Media Player Classic - HomeCinema they do an 32 and 64 bit version so ok it's not the prettiest looking player but the latest version is very powerful and just works like a charm

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Shalbatana

Have tried, MPC, but not "home cinema". That one is great, but I dispise the way it looks. I'ts also slightly feature primitive. (is it THAT hard to create a modern skin or two?) Still I'll look into it again, perhaps they've improved it. - Thanks

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bobla90042

WMP can play havoc with your machine's resources if media sharing is turned on. If your resources (CPU usage) goes way up and your system slows down after you used WMP (even if you've closed it), check the Task Manager and the processes running. If you see that the WPM process is hogging your system, search with the name of the process to get instructions on how to disable it. It can get complicated depending on which version of windows you're using.

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Comptech22

Any good article I read has to give me "something" and yours gave me CCCP.  Great job.

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ShadowDragoonFTW

You, sir, recieved a very serious facepalm/chuckle when I read the Dragon Age: Origins reference right at the top of page two.

I don't know if was epic, or an epic fail, but either way, I must applaud you for it, for I did not see it coming either way.

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TheMurph

enchantment?

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RichieB07

It would have been nice to have some links and/or explanations of how to entirely do this.

"Download Zune" doesn't exactly tell me what that means.  It is a skin, an entirely different program, some plug-ins?

 

I really liked the article but some explanations would have been nice.

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TheMurph

Ahh shoot.  I think my hyperlinks got stripped out within the CMS, and I didn't even notice.

Suffice, Zune Software = Microsoft's answer to iTunes, as the description notes.  It's a software music player / download service for the PC.

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ShadowDragoonFTW

I'm praying you're joking here. Do you really not know what Zune is? Honestly?

It was Microsoft's (arguably failed) attempt to take some of the competition away from iPod. They did fairly well, but were plagued with software issues... it's still around, but nobody even gives it a glance anymore.

I suppose the interface on it is nice and all, but I really hate how they take control away from you. What happens if they accidentally identify a song as a completely different one? Well, you have to live with perpetually fucked-up cover art and track names, etc., etc. That's why I use mp3Tag for making my library correctly marked, and I've heard MediaMonkey is awesome for playing music, but have yet to try it.

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mikeart03a

I just gave Windows the boot and I'm rolling along with Ubuntu and rhythm box and vlc work great for me!

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Landstander

Let me turn Microsoft's marketing department back upon itself. Windows Media Player? Really???

I also use Winamp for audio and VLC for video. Once I started using VLC, many many many years ago, I never looked back. I'd forgotten that WMP still existed.

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Dustn525

As far as FLAC and some others go, K-Lite Codec Pack (free) worked for me, and also allows WMP to play MKV/MV4 files. To add Flac/m4a/ogg/ape/mpc to the music library (also in WMC) WITH metadata, download the free plugin called Tag Support Plugin from Softpointer.com :) Another great Codec pack is Shark007's, especially for WMC HTPC's. It's free also.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I let WMP play some Internet videos, and that's all I use it for. I remember trying to get it to play a bunch of MP3s once, but couldn't get it to work like WinAmp, so I gave up on it.

It's hardly inescapable to anyone with a search engine. I use VLC for video and WinAmp for audio. WMP is intrusive, spying bloatware. Microsoft should scrap it and start over from scratch.

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OliverSudden

Inescapable part of the Windows experience?  Really?

Well then I'm the Harry Houdini of Windows.  I'm the Andy Dufresne (google it if you don't know) of the PC.  I'm that guy who Clint Eastwood played when he escaped from alcatraz in that one movie, I forget the name.

Have you ever looked at the mess that Windows Media Player makes when you allow it to codify and amend your mp3 collection with album art and the like?  It's not pretty.  There are so many more elegant 3rd party solutions to taming your media collection...VLC Player, Foobar2000, good ol' WinAmp even.

Or were you being ironic?

Personally, I like VLC for video and WinAmp for audio but that's just me.

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TheMurph

You're talking to the freeware guy here.  You don't have to convince me that there are better software players/organizers/etc out there than WMP.  However, you can't deny that Windows Media Player is locked into the Microsoft OS right out of the gate and, for many people, the only media player they'll even think of using.

I mean, the article's entire purpose was ways to make WMP better.  Not "Songbird is awesome" or "VLC rules" or what-have-you, which are both statements I would not deny.

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Vano

So many tips with not a single link...oh wait, there is a link! - to your twOtter! Dude, you are so full of your self...

P.S.

and no "murphy's law" in the name of the article? Somehow I missed who was the author, usually I simply ignoring your articles, this one confirms the reason...

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Athlonite

Vano you Bloody Troll go back under the rock you crawled out from under

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TheMurph

#1: I apologize for the lack of links; I didn't realize these got stripped in the CMS.  I'll add them back in today.

#2: This isn't a column.  I don't just title every article I write "Murphy's Law."

#3: Feel free to go go back to your practice of "usually I simply ignoring your articles," but shouldn't that invalidate you from commenting on them?

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kamikaji

How would you feel if you were working at a company, trying to do your best, and a customer just came up to you and said that you suck at your job.  Do you think it is going to motivate them to improve, or better yet, make your experience better?  NO, I didn't think so.  I personally enjoy his articles, so screw off, you jerk.

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TheMurph

It's ok.  I use old copies of PC Gamer to wipe up my tears.

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russgrad

Third!

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SnailZ

I second!

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