Thanks for your help.
The link you offered had a problem and didn't work, but I found this;
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"In windows 7, you cannot add the Media Player toolbar to the taskbar.
You can control the Player when it's minimized. You can play or pause the current item, advance to the next item, and go back to the previous item using the controls in the thumbnail preview. The thumbnail preview appears when you point to the Windows Media Player icon on the taskbar."
So it looks like that yet again the developers have tinkered with the new version and from comments on various Forums, it appears that 'we' want the 'toolbar/mini player' back!
Cheers once again.