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Windows 7: How to change what Windows Media Player shows in playlist

09 Aug 2012   #11
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

It sounds to me like the default media player was changed to some other player. I have to agree with LittleJay about clicking on the Start menu item in case the target line for the pinned on taskbar shortcut was changed to another player if that is what you use to open WMP with.

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10 Aug 2012   #12

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
Windows Media Player versus Windows Media Center

Thanks Nighthawk, Litte Jay, and Trucidation. I now realize that I was looking at "Windows Media Center," and not "Windows Media Player." The WMC appears automatically when I insert a disk into my DVD RW drive, and then select "Burn and Audio CD." See screenshot below.

Based on my experience with a previous version of Windows, I assumed this was the new "Windows Media Player," because it allows me to view my play lists, play the music, and burn CD's.

Thanks for pointing out that Windows Media Player is actually a separate application - I found it, and it looks like your screenshots!

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10 Aug 2012   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1

Glad to hear you got things figured out. For your information, if you ever want to change the "default" media player so that your music cds open with WMP, you can go into the Control Panel and click on Default Programs.
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10 Aug 2012   #14
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

I never even use the Media Center option as well as one of the tv tuner card's own AVer Media Center but keep WMP as the default. You likely won't like the next version's WMP however! The dvd playback and video file support was removed entirely!

Here when first getting a fresh Windows install set up I simply go into the Control Panel>Auto Play section to see WMP made default there for any media setting.

I'm certainly not thrilled about the changes 8 will be bringing in since I work with a good number of video cds and other video captures while the tuner/capture card itself has it's own playback option.
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