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Windows 7: [Guide] Install WMP11 over WMP12

01 Feb 2009   #1

Windows 7 (main)
[Guide] Install WMP11 over WMP12

For those users like me who prefer WMP11 over Beta 12, follow this guide.

Disclaimer: I take no responsibility if you break your windows media player, or windows itself for that matter. I recommend to take backups of *ALL* files that will be replaced, in case something goes wrong.


Now that that's over with, here is the guide. *Edits to Original Guide are in RED, please follow the new guide*

1.- run services.msc and stop Windows Media Player Sharing Service.
2.- take ownership of C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player
3.- take ownership of all files starting with wmp in C:\WINDOWS\System32\
4.- take ownership of C:\Windows\System32\en-US\wmploc.dll.mui
5.- Delete the contents of C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player
6.- Copy the contents of Windows Media Player.rar to C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player
7.- Delete all files starting with wmp in C:\WINDOWS\System32
8.- Copy the files from wmp.rar to C:\WINDOWS\System32 *EDIT* DO NOT COPY WMPLOC.DLL in WMP.rar *EDIT*
9.- Copy wmploc.dll from wmploc_WMP11.rar to C:\Windows\system32\
10.- Copy wmploc.dll.mui from wmploc_WMP11.rar to C:\Windows\system32\en-US\
11.- Run (with administrator priviledges) wmp.reg
12.- Run (with administrator priviledges) toolbar_fix.reg
13.- Run (with administrator Priviledges) register.bat
14.- Delete the following registry key: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Setup\Installed Versions
15.- Reboot
16.- Open WMP and setup media sharing.
17.- You're done.

Credit to:

Kelly's Corner for the toolbar fix
Devian Art for the WMP skin
avatar_43 for helping some.

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01 Feb 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

I just tried this and it didn't work so I think it's for x86 only.
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01 Feb 2009   #3

Windows 7 (main)

yeah i forgot to mention the files are x86 sorry
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01 Feb 2009   #4

Windows Vista Home

can we get WMP11 to WMP 12 ? and WMP12 is in beta ?

Holla !!!!
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01 Feb 2009   #5

windows 7 x64

Ahh well. I use winamp, of course it does not work well with the taskbar, but it works
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01 Feb 2009   #6

Windows Vista Home

Well i use WINAMP tooo and it is gr8 wat ya say dude ?

Holla !!!!!
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01 Feb 2009   #7


Why would anyone want to?
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02 Feb 2009   #8

Windows 7 (main)

I didnt like WMP12
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02 Feb 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

It never ceases to amaze me how [INSERT COLORFUL EXPLETIVE HERE] people are. For years, they've been asking Microsoft to give them a leaner, less bloated, Media Player. And when Microsoft finally gives it to them in the form of Windows Media Player 12, they whine like babies because they don't like it, and go back to the older bloated version.

Sort of like UAC.

In Vista, people cried foul because it stopped them from wrecking their computers. Now, with Windows 7, they are saying that UAC isn't secure enough, if at all. But isn't that exactly what the people wanted?

"Get a life" is all I can say to them...

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02 Feb 2009   #10

Windows 7 x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scaramonga View Post
Why would anyone want to?
It should be a choice, not force, which one you use. Me, I use WMP to add album art and edit tag info and that option is gone in WMP12 under right-click on song. Also I don't like it opens up in small useless now playing window when clicking "play" on folder, because while listening songs I want edit some others in library maybe... Opps, edit is taken out now I didn't change yet, just enabled the toolbar hack
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