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Windows Media Player - Taskbar Toolbar

How to Get Windows Media Player Taskbar Toolbar Back in Windows 7
Published by septprince
09 Jul 2009
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How to Get Windows Media Player Taskbar Toolbar Back in Windows 7

information   Information
Windows 7 comes with Windows Media Player 12 version which contains lots of new features and also the interface is a bit different from previous versions.

But i like WMP12 but i like WMP 11 more due to its mini tool bar on the task bar..

If you also don't like WMP12 and want to get the good ol' mini toolbar back in Windows 7, then this tutorial will help you.

This will show you how to downgrade to Windows Media Player 11 to be able to have the WMP taskbar toolbar back in Windows 7.
warning   Warning
It is recommended to backup all the files and listed bellow:
  • "Windows Media Player" folder in "Program Files" folder
  • All files starting with wmp in "%Win 7 file%\Windows\System32" folder
  • wmploc.dll.mui file in "%Win 7 file%\Windows\System32\en-US" folder.
Note   Note
We are downgrading, so you cannot use WMP 12 after all the steps are completed.



The N and KN editions of Windows 7 have all the features that normally come with each individual Windows 7 edition, except for Windows Media Player 12 and related programs, such as Windows Media Center or Windows DVD Maker.

The N editions of Windows 7 allow you to choose your own media player and software required to manage and play CDs, DVDs, and other digital media files. If you choose to use Windows Media Player 12, downloading it, along with related software, is free.
Download Media Feature Pack for Windows 7 N with Service Pack 1 and Windows 7 KN with Service Pack 1 (KB968211) from Official Microsoft Download Center

EXAMPLE: WMP 11 Taskbar Toolbar in Windows 7
Windows Media Player - Taskbar Toolbar-wmp11_in_win_7.png
So let gets started:
1. Open Services.
NOTE: You can also open the same from Administrative Tools -> Computer Management, or you can directly open "Services" list by providing services.msc command in RUN or Start Menu search box.

2. Now right-click on Windows Media Player Network Sharing service and select Stop. It'll stop the service.

3. Now you'll need to take ownership and give yourself full control of the following files/folders:
  • "Windows Media Player" folder in "Program Files" folder
  • All files starting with wmp in "%Win 7 drive%\Windows\System32" folder
  • wmploc.dll.mui file in "%win 7 drive%\Windows\System32\en-US" folder
4. Now go to the drive where vista is installed.
NOTE: Windows Media Player will not run unless you replace all the given files in Windows 7 with those of Vista.
A) Go to "%vista drive%\program files" dir and copy the Windows Media player directory and paste it in %Win 7 drive%\program files.

B) Now Copy the wmploc.dll.mui file from
"%vista drive%\Windows\System32\en-US" and paste it in "%Win 7 drive %\Windows\System32\en-US"

C) Then go to "%vista drive%\Windows\System32" and copy all files with there name starting with wmp to "%win 7 drive%\Windows\System32".
5. Now open regedit and delete Installed Versions key under following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Setup
Tip   Tip
For your convenience I ma including the REG file..
Delete_Installed_Versions_Key.reg
6. Now restart your computer and Enjoy..
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10 Jul 2009   #1
akramh

Windows 7 7264x64(main), 7260x86(secendary), XP SP3 Triple Boot
 
 

This sounds a little bit disturbing, to replace the program files, and edit the registery....

also if you don't have a previews vista installation then your out of luck right?

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13 Jul 2009   #2
septprince

Window 7 build 7600, Xp pro(VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by akramh View Post
This sounds a little bit disturbing, to replace the program files, and edit the registery....

also if you don't have a previews vista installation then your out of luck right?
if you dont have vista installed then extract the install.wim and copy the necessary fies from it..
here is the tutorial to do it--> WIM File - Extract and Modify
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21 Jul 2009   #3
MrAleX

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Build 7600
 
 

do you really need it in Windows 7?


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21 Jul 2009   #4
septprince

Window 7 build 7600, Xp pro(VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MrAleX View Post
do you really need it in Windows 7?
It depends on you mate.....
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21 Jul 2009   #5
septprince

Window 7 build 7600, Xp pro(VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by matt0978 View Post
vista's install.wim or..?
Vista`s install.wim..
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