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Windows 7: Can't Turn windows media player back on!?!

10 Feb 2011   #11
Microsoft MVP


Run SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

If this doesn't help, then run a Repair Install as a last resort before clean reinstalling using the tips I posted earlier.

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10 Feb 2011   #12
James Colbert


Assuming that you have restore points pre-dating the Feature changes (and that SR would impact those changes), have you tried a System Restore?

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10 Feb 2011   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)

I would try to pop in a Windows DVD and try the "repair my computer" option.

I'm thinking you have disabled some service that is necessary for turning windows features on and off or simply deleted some files accidentally - or moved them, or deleted the registry reference to them - and Windows does not know where to get those features.
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10 Feb 2011   #14

Win 7 Ultimate x64

In reverse order

I'll try to boot off of my install DVD and see if that can fix it. But first ill try turnin some services back on. It never occured to me that could be the issue it tweaked the services using black vipers guide. The only thing is after I turn the features back on and before I reboot the media features work perfectly. Hmm...

System restore was one Of the first things I tried and it didn't fix it.

Already tried the sfc but it didn't find anything. But I'll run it again.

If none of these options work I'll try a repair install. But first could you just answer a few questions. Will I have to reinstall my programs? I think that I shouldn't have to, but I just want to be sure. I assume it will erase all of my. Context menu registry tweaks. And the final question the tutorial states that I cannot boot of of the install DVD to do this I must run it from inside of windows. Why?

I'll try these later tonight and will report back. Thank for all of the wonderful advice! It is much appreciated!

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10 Feb 2011   #15
Microsoft MVP


If you read the Repair Install tutorial linked it explains how the in-place Upgrade works. It will not change settings but may claw back ones which are damaging to the OS when it reinstalls it.

As Win7 beta testers found out over a year's time, all of the tweaks which we relied upon to make XP and early Vista run smoothly are not needed at all in Win7 and in fact will almost always come back to bite you. It is already a perfectly balanced and optimized OS.

If any performance is lacking after getting a perfect install, then only hardware upgrades are called for.

Win7 learned from and has become the Black Viper.
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04 Sep 2011   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Trcx I love you.
I put a DVD in, it didn't load but media player finally opened, I switched to the Dr Who I downloaded from Iplayer and it's working!
So I suppose uni having the slowest internet in the galaxy has at least forced me to sort this out.
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