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Windows 7: Windows Media Player 12 Sucks Eggs

24 Mar 2010   #91
paddypower

windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
windows media player 12 sucks

excuse me, if this is off topic. when I installed W7, i clicked on WMP12 as my default player. Now I want to cancel that and set iTunes as my default player. How do I do that? seriously, I must be blind - i have spend an hour searching for an answer, in W7 help. TIA, Paddy.


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24 Mar 2010   #92
MadMaxData

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paddypower View Post
excuse me, if this is off topic. when I installed W7, i clicked on WMP12 as my default player. Now I want to cancel that and set iTunes as my default player. How do I do that? seriously, I must be blind - i have spend an hour searching for an answer, in W7 help. TIA, Paddy.
Isn't there a setting in iTunes to make it the default program? If not, click on the Windows orb [start button] go to Default Programs, and choose Itunes from there.
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24 Mar 2010   #93
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I have downloaded one of the wmv files and it seems to have add odd codec. I can play it but get no audio. the quality of the video seems very poor. I would contact the website admin and ask them what player they use to play the video. You could try converting a file to a different format with a freebie video converter like "Super" from here:
SUPER &copy
Scroll down to get the download. The AVS converter at the top is very good but you need to pay for it. SUPER will do a good job providing the original really does work.
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24 Mar 2010   #94
bobalazs

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I kind of agree with you on that one.
I really don't like wmp12 either.
That's why i use jetaudio.
Though, for some people, getting to know the interface is a pain to get through.
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24 Mar 2010   #95
bobalazs

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
I have downloaded one of the wmv files and it seems to have add odd codec. I can play it but get no audio. the quality of the video seems very poor. I would contact the website admin and ask them what player they use to play the video. You could try converting a file to a different format with a freebie video converter like "Super" from here:
SUPER &copy
Scroll down to get the download. The AVS converter at the top is very good but you need to pay for it. SUPER will do a good job providing the original really does work.

I have not seen any better, easier converter than Format Factory.

Also, use gspot to view the encoder codec on the media, than install proper codec, dont waste time with converting media.

Format Factory - Free media file format converter
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24 Mar 2010   #96
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by discipler View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shark007 View Post
WMP 12 works perfectly fine here for every single file/format I throw at it.

Exactly what do you find so wrong with it?
Forgive please if it is not kosher to post a website, but this page <http://cambridgecitycoc.org.uk/sermon.htm has a listen of sermons which won't play on my Acer Aspire 5740 with I3 M330 processor with Windows 7 x64.
Won't play it in IE8 or Google Chrome. You said earlier that the .wmv format is native to WMP. So any ideas why I'm not able to play. I went into file association to make sure .wmv was played by WMP. That's good. Baffled.
Have looked further into this. Disregard MY previous advice. No need to have any other viewer. Go to this site:
Free-Codecs.com :: Download Acelp.net Codec 3.02 : Acelp.net Audio Codec is a speech codec for Windows Media Player
Choose the Download [ Acelp.net Codec 3.02 for Windows Vista ] version
Download the codec and follow the installation screen. When completed reboot then open the website where the sermons are, double click any one and it will play fine in Windows media player.
Hope this helps
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25 Mar 2010   #97
Seven Eleven

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobalazs View Post
I have not seen any better, easier converter than Format Factory.

Also, use gspot to view the encoder codec on the media, than install proper codec, dont waste time with converting media.

Format Factory - Free media file format converter
seconded. and it's completely free too. only thing is, i would recommend to install it before any codec packs. i once installed it after and it messed up some codecs settings that i later fixed manually. that was some older version of FF, though.
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25 Mar 2010   #98
paddypower

windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
setting iTunes as default

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MadMaxData View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paddypower View Post
excuse me, if this is off topic. when I installed W7, i clicked on WMP12 as my default player. Now I want to cancel that and set iTunes as my default player. How do I do that? seriously, I must be blind - i have spend an hour searching for an answer, in W7 help. TIA, Paddy.
Isn't there a setting in iTunes to make it the default program? If not, click on the Windows orb [start button] go to Default Programs, and choose Itunes from there.
Thanks! i cannot believe how complicated it seeme to me, when i was messing around with computer default settings !!
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07 Apr 2010   #99
mitrich

Win 7
 
 

Shark-

WMP12 (Win7 64bit Home Premium) will not load in my 289 videos, all mp4.
In Default programs, .mp4 does not even show up. So, I loaded VistaCodecs and then ffdshow (I think ffdshow said one needs vistacodecs first).

So, now, at least .mp4 shows up, "unknown program".

So, I go back to WMP12 and I try with Library| Organize|Videos. Nothing.

Now, I do not need WMP12. I use Winamp, Zune and WMC, all fine.

But I am not satisfied that WMP12 does not work. It loaded my music just fine.

So, what is the procedure to load in video?

Thanks.
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30 Apr 2010   #100
CircuitBreaker

Windows 7
 
 
What happened to the mini player in the task bar?

I've read through this post and tend to agree with the 90% that don't like the wmp 12. Although my main gripe is "why did they do away with the mini player in the task bar?". It was extremely simple - all the main controls right there. Now I've got to hover over the wmp task bar entry until the other part of it shows and then skip to the next song or go back.

My only question is this - did they not pass this around at the Microsoft office for their army of music geeks to test out? 30 seconds and I'm sure someone would have popped up out of their cube like a Meerkat sounding the alert that yes, they were in danger of yet again changing something that didn't need to be changed.

Microsoft has a warped sense of direction that says "if we want to sell another upgrade of our software, we need to make it look and act differently than before". There's a vast difference between improving something and making it look different. They should have a web site where they post the features of MS products and let the public vote on which ones to keep. "MS Idol" maybe?
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