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Windows 7: Open WMP 12 (32-bit) with Library view on Top? Need my plug ins.

05 May 2012   #1
Gums

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Open WMP 12 (32-bit) with Library view on Top? Need my plug ins.

I know this is a small issue but I've already tried a few things. Naturally I made sure that in WMP 12 I went to
Organize > Options > Player Tab and made sure "Keep Now Playing on top of other windows" is already UN-checked.

I can also get this to work in the 64 bit version by doing the following:

1. Right click on the WMP shortcut and click properties.

2. In the Target box Add /Task MediaLibrary to the end.

3.Click ok.

Should look like this.

"C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" /Task MediaLibrary

Here is my particular conundrum. When I use the above example it works but it reverts back to the 64-bit version of WMP 12 and I lose all of my custom plug-ins. All my plug-ins are only compatible with the 32 bit version of WMP NOT the 64 bit version. I'd like to find a way of opening WMP 12 (32-bit) with Library View on top without losing the plug ins. Is this possible?

I know this is a small issue as I can always click
"Switch to Library" in the upper right hand corner. But who wants to do that every time a person opens WMP 12? I know its not the end of the world, but I never use the Now Playing screen as I'm always in the Library. Thanks!


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05 May 2012   #2
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

mine opens in the library view .
try putting this in the target box in the shortcut properties...

"%ProgramFiles%\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" /prefetch:1

not sure it will make a difference but worth a shot. bed now 3am here.
good luck
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05 May 2012   #3
Gums

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I know that won't work as my target already has that. Thanks for the reply. There's got to be a way around this.
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01 Jun 2012   #4
Tim De Baets

Windows 7 x64
 
 

On Windows 7 x64, the target of the shortcut needs to be different to launch the 32-bit WMP:

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe"
/Task MediaLibrary

If that still doesn't help, then I suggest that you check if a Now Playing plug-in is installed (Tools - Options - Plug-ins - Now Playing category). These can cause WMP to always open in Now Playing mode.
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01 Jun 2012   #5
Gums

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tim De Baets View Post
On Windows 7 x64, the target of the shortcut needs to be different to launch the 32-bit WMP:

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe"
/Task MediaLibrary

If that still doesn't help, then I suggest that you check if a Now Playing plug-in is installed (Tools - Options - Plug-ins - Now Playing category). These can cause WMP to always open in Now Playing mode.
OK, tried the Target option and that didn't work. So I checked the Now Playing plug-ins and found that there are two in that category. Tried to untick them but when I close out WMP and reopen it, they both tick themselves back on again. How can I modify this?
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02 Jun 2012   #6
Tim De Baets

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Out of curiosity, which plug-ins are these?

Other than unticking them in the Tools - Plug-ins menu, I don't think that there are any options besides uninstalling the plug-ins.
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02 Jun 2012   #7
Gums

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tim De Baets View Post
Out of curiosity, which plug-ins are these?

Other than unticking them in the Tools - Plug-ins menu, I don't think that there are any options besides uninstalling the plug-ins.
They are the RM Plugin and the Lyrics Plugin for WMP but
Tim, you've already helped me solve my problem!

Check out this link:

my windows media player 12 opens into Now Playing frame - Microsoft Answers

First I used the appropriate target shortcut that you provided: "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" /Task MediaLibrary

Next I tried disabling each of the plugins separately using regedit. I have the 64-edition of Windows 7 so I had to look under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\WOW6432node\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\UIPlugins. It appears that both plugins will automatically bring up the Now Playing mode instead of Library mode. Once both are disabled, Library mode works! Hurray! I can live without the RM Plugin as I've never had the need to use it but it's a shame I have to ditch the Lyrics Plugin. Any alternatives to the Lyrics Plugin?

BTW, I currently have and consistently utilize two of your plugins: WMPCDText 1.2 and WMP Tag Plus 1.2. They're truly indespesnsible as I use flac files quite often. Thank you for creating them!
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03 Jun 2012   #8
Tim De Baets

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Oh, I see. I had forgotten about that thread on Windows Answers - thanks for reminding me

Is it the Lyrics plug-in from Lyrics Plugin ? Do you have the latest version installed, 0.4?
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03 Jun 2012   #9
Gums

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tim De Baets View Post
Oh, I see. I had forgotten about that thread on Windows Answers - thanks for reminding me

Is it the Lyrics plug-in from Lyrics Plugin ? Do you have the latest version installed, 0.4?
Yes, it is the plugin from Lyrics Plugin. Not sure of the version. I highly doubt it as it says the content was created in June of 1999. Would the newer version work better?
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03 Jun 2012   #10
Gums

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tim De Baets View Post
Oh, I see. I had forgotten about that thread on Windows Answers - thanks for reminding me

Is it the Lyrics plug-in from Lyrics Plugin ? Do you have the latest version installed, 0.4?
Disregard that last reply. I checked your link and upon download, I was told that Lyrics Plugin "already exists" so I do have version 0.4. Hard to believe it's 13 years old already!
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