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Windows 7: Why does WMP takes so much CPU/RAM?

20 Jun 2012   #1
OneDarkLord

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit SP1
 
 
Why does WMP takes so much CPU/RAM?

title says everything...

why does the Windows Media Player takes so much RAM and CPU even when i don't use visualization?
while surfing the net or playing game and WMP is on it gets very laggy..

now I'm using AVS Media Player and it takes 50% less CPU/RAM then WMP but unfortunately it doesn't have the "SRS WOW effect" like in WMP


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20 Jun 2012   #2
Thaliur

Windows 7 Pro x64 / Pro x86 (Netbook)
 
 

It might be caused by the SRS WOW Effect... ;-)

Seriously though, it might really be additional sound rendering effects. Try running without them and compare. Additionally, WMP might still be building its library database. Check the bottom of its window for the status bar. Does it say anything there?
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20 Jun 2012   #3
OneDarkLord

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit SP1
 
 

i don't see any status bar at the bottom,and with the "SRS WOW effects" disabled it takes less CPU but no change in the RAM consumption

AVS Media Player:
Peak Working Set (Memory) - 48,648 K
CPU - 5% highest

Windows Media Player:
Peak Working Set (Memory) - 188,800 K
CPU - 78% highest
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20 Jun 2012   #4
Thaliur

Windows 7 Pro x64 / Pro x86 (Netbook)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OneDarkLord View Post
i don't see any status bar at the bottom,and with the "SRS WOW effects" disabled it takes less CPU but no change in the RAM consumption

AVS Media Player:
Peak Working Set (Memory) - 48,648 K
CPU - 5% highest

Windows Media Player:
Peak Working Set (Memory) - 188,800 K
CPU - 78% highest
Wow, that really is a lot. Mine rarely exceeds 40MB when not playing videos. Which version are you using?
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20 Jun 2012   #5
OneDarkLord

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit SP1
 
 

Windows Media Player 12,I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32bit

bad thing about AVS Media Player is that it stops playing the music once i switch to full screen of a game..
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26 Jun 2012   #6
OneDarkLord

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit SP1
 
 

anyone? ...
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27 Jun 2012   #7
Thaliur

Windows 7 Pro x64 / Pro x86 (Netbook)
 
 

Sorry that it took me so long to reply.

My best suggestion, and I know it's not actually good:

In "Programs and Features", disable the Media Player, reboot your computer and re-enable it. If that does not fix it, I have no idea anymore what could fix it.
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29 Jun 2012   #8
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Why are you concerned with RAM usage? You have a lot of it to go around! Use it.
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29 Jun 2012   #9
OneDarkLord

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit SP1
 
 

i already said why,CPU usage is also high with WMP,my computer becomes laggy
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29 Jun 2012   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Any of the WMP enhancements are resource hogs. If you run it in vanilla mode, it will be OK.
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