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Windows 7: How to Downgrade Windows Media Player 12 to WMP 11 on Windows 7

07 Aug 2009   #21

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Edit: Ok - after much effort - I finally reverted the changes.

No combination of restoring method worked for me. I did sfc/scannow, I uninstalled and reinstalled WMP, and did a system restore to the most recent restore point. The problem is that if you are having issues getting this to work, you most likely have tried it multiple times - creating multiple restore points, (duh...). Don't know why it took me so long to figure that out, since the restore didn't do anything. So I went back as far as I could see without me messing with the media player changes, and that fixed everything.

I don't recommend even trying this if you are running the most recent Win7 build (7600.something) or if you are running 64 bit. Even if you place the files in the SysWOW64 folder - it won't do any good. In fact I'd be surprised if this worked for anyone, so I highly recommend not even attempting unless you're sure you can restore everything properly and are willing to waste several hours of your time.

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09 Aug 2009   #22

Windows 7 RC

can someone help me to get Task Manager to work again, the DOS window that comes up says something about ownership before it closes.

i really want to be able to see "all processes from all users" because something keeps stealing 50% CPU.
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10 Aug 2009   #23

Windows 7 RC

I have been able to grab a print screen of the DOS window that comes up when i try "view all processes by all users" with Task Manager.

SUCCESS: The file (or folder): "C:\Windows\system32\taskmgr.exe" now owned by user "my user account"
processed file: C:\Windows\system32\taskmgr.exe
Successfully processed 1 files; Failed processing 0 files

after this is displayed my Task Manager does not restart showing all the processes. What can i do to get it to work again, do i have to give back ownership of the exe?
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24 Aug 2010   #24

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I've been successfull getting wmp11 on 7 both 32bit and 64bit. However, the only issue that still exists is selecting multiple files to open. When I do this, only ONE file will add to the playlist. I've tried an array of file types but only ONE file will open no matter how many I select and hit enter, or open, or play, just ONE file shows up in the playlist. Naturally it does open any media file just fine, but only ONE at a time. Anyone have some ideas on how to fix that?
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15 Oct 2010   #25

windows 7 32bit

hi there i done this dowgrade about a month ago and now my windows decided to do an update and it reinstalled wmp 11 vista version and now it wont work so i restored back to before the update and it worked again but the update has to be done is there anyway i can stop wmp from goin back to wmp11 vista version??

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23 Oct 2010   #26

Windows 7 Ultimate

I want to downgrade because...
WMP 12 kicked the Almighty Advanced Tag Editor where i can add lyrics and covers. *stomp!*
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12 Sep 2011   #27

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Warning about the download suggested

Just a quick note to warn people that the download suggested to gain the Windows Media Player 11 installer for Windows 7 contains a Key Logger spyware trojan.

I'd advise only downloading installers for Microsoft products from an officially supported site for Microsoft, not from the third party site the link gives you.


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09 Apr 2012   #28

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
cant access permissions

I cannot access the windows media player permissions, do I have to do it in safe mode?
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29 May 2012   #29

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1

why would we want to downgrade to WMP 11 in the first place?
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30 May 2012   #30

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit

I just like the feel of windows media player 11 better than media player 12, WMP 11 has more features too
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