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Windows 7: WMP not playing nice with Win 7?

20 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64
WMP not playing nice with Win 7?

Sometimes when I play video or music with Windows media player I have seen " server execution failed". If I use VLC I never see this problem.

Also when WMP is updating Win 7 seems to slightly hang or become slow.

Otherwise I have no problem with Win 7.

Should I just dump WMP?

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22 Dec 2009   #2

Windows10 Pro - 64Bit vs.10547

sounds like you need a video Codec..

personally, I have cyberlink installed..
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23 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 x64

I turned off WMP and rebooted. Then turned on WMP and rebooted. This reinstalls WMP. So far no error message.
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25 Dec 2009   #4


I do similar. I uninstall it and reinstall and it 'fixes' it.

IT is the single most frustrating experience with the 'windows 7 experience'

I also have managed to 'fix' it by repeatably killing the process and or process tree in task manager.

Evenutally it will settle down and stop eating up 50 to 80 percent of the CPU doing some unknown background
task .

If I could find a decent replacement for using my TV tuner (hauppage) I'd totally remove WMC . Not cause it does a poor job of being a TV viewer but because it is a poorly behaved application that trashes the system performance here and I've yet to find out why.

For watching Vids I've always used VLC.. for many years now.
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26 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 x64

Try MythTV. free and open source MythTV, Open Source DVR
I found a list of TV tuners in a forum best TV tuner software? [Archive] - [H]ard|Forum

Let us know which one you like. :)
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