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Windows 7: WMP 12 Retardedness or is it me?

21 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional
WMP 12 Retardedness or is it me?

Greetings all, great forum here! Hopefully someone can set me straight or at least nod their heads in agreement as I am struggling a bit with some of the bizarre design decisions that M$ have made that I cannot really grasp.

Firstly, the mini player from WMP 11, WTF remove it??! It wouldn't be so bad if some kind of tool tip would pop up when I skip track with my keyboard media controls so I can see instantly if I want to listen or skip again. I can't find a gadget that shows now playing for WMP 12 and Windows 7 yet.

The next think is more fundemental. It seems like you have no control over how folders are shared-for example I have an Xbox 360 that I want to use to share videos for myself and my house mate. The only way to see your videos is to allow 'access to everything' under the advanced streaming options, but I don't want to share my pictures with my house mate's Xbox, but I can't find any where to control specific folders, it's all or nothing. Why WHY WHY WHY MICROSOFT!!!! ARRRRGHHHH

Can it be done?


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21 Oct 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

I'm confused .... what are you saying about WMP 11? It's not included with Win7.

As for "nowplaying" ...look at the lower right hand side for these little boxes:

You can take your photos out of the WMP library:
Click on tools, then options. This also works for now playing ... visulization or what ever from the 'plug-ins' tab.

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21 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional

Thanks for replying. Apologies, I did not make myself very clear reading it back.

I mean that in WMP 11 (as available in Vista and XP) there is the mini player that docks itself in the task bar when WMP is minimised. This feature is not available in WMP 12 in Windows 7. I know you can mouse over the taskbar icon and get playing controls etc but it was SOOO useful having the docked player controls right there in WMP 11-WMP 12.

Ok, I didn't know about the 'Now Playing' view so thank you for the heads up on that.

Still can't work out how to remove my Pictures from being shared to the Xbox-I know how to manage the contents of the Pictures Library-I want my pictures in the library, I just don't want to have to set the Xbox to 'Access all media' I want to be able to choose which librarys it can see and which it can't-dosen't seem you can do this.
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