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Windows 7: windows media player for windows 7 corrupted.

19 Jun 2018   #1
Driver170

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
windows media player for windows 7 corrupted.

My videos on media player are playing sound but not the video. some videos are AVI, MP4, XESC etc so i believe its my codec? i have tried all windows fault finding like reinstall etc.


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19 Jun 2018   #2
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi Driver170,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Driver170 View Post
My videos on media player are playing sound but not the video. some videos are AVI, MP4, XESC etc so I believe its my codec? i have tried all windows fault finding like reinstall etc.
What codec pack are you using?
Have you done any updates or upgrades [Hardware or Software] lately?
You could narrow it down a bit by installing VLC [FREE] and see if the videos plays on that. It is very versatile and pretty much plays anything you throw at it.

I hope this helps!
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19 Jun 2018   #3
Driver170

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

hi, thanks for the quick response. I'm struggling here to find why this has happened. lately my PC cutout for this reason which i cant remember so i believe files got corrupted.

Not sure how to check which codecs i'm using? ok i will try vlc
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19 Jun 2018   #4
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi Driver170,

Here are a couple of codec packs:

K-Lite Codec Pack 14.2.5

Media Player Codec Pack

I mainly use VLC, and have done for many years. I do on occasions however use Windows Media Player and have the K-Lite Codec Pack installed. This appears in the Start > All Programs list under K-Lite Codec Pack.

I hope this helps!
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19 Jun 2018   #5
Driver170

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Hi,

I installed media player codec pack and still not working. i get - Windows media player encountered a problem while playing the file
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19 Jun 2018   #6
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi Driver170,

I think to narrow this down a bit, trying installing VLC and see if it that works with that.
It might also be something to do with the Graphics Card!

I hope this helps!
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02 Jul 2018   #7
mgkimmel

Win 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul Black View Post
Hi Driver170,
What codec pack are you using?
Have you done any updates or upgrades [Hardware or Software] lately?
You could narrow it down a bit by installing VLC [FREE] and see if the videos plays on that. It is very versatile and pretty much plays anything you throw at it.

I hope this helps!
Hi! VLC is excellent advice, and I've actually done that after running through all of the suggested fixes for my non-functional Windows Media Player.

My Media Player tries to open the files it should, but then errors saying it has encountered a problem OR it says it cannot open the file. VLC has no such problem with those files.

After running through the easy fixes and a lot of the more difficult ones, is there anything else you know of that I might try to get Media Player back up and running? I've uninstalled and reinstalled. I've deleted subdirectories containing Media Player. Redone the libraries. Reinstalled. Copied files from a working Win7 Pro install of Media Player to the Win7 Pro PC on which Media Player won't run at all.

Thanks very much!

Mike
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02 Jul 2018   #8
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi mgkimmel,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mgkimmel View Post
I've uninstalled and reinstalled. I've deleted subdirectories containing Media Player. Redone the libraries. Reinstalled. Copied files from a working Win7 Pro install of Media Player to the Win7 Pro PC on which Media Player won't run at all.
After what you have done above, I would definately uninstall Windows Media Player as there are probably conflicts, missing files, incorrect files etc.

Did this behaviour start after an update to Windows Media Player do you know?

Did you try a previous System Restore point?

I would also try installing a version of Windows Media Player prior to the one that you are having problems with, just to see if that makes a difference.

As I said previously, I mainly use VLC, and have done for many years without any problems. In my opinion, it is far superior to Windows Media Player.

I hope this helps!
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08 Jul 2018   #9
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

My own $.02.

I don't use VLC. I don't use WMP. I don't use any external "codec-pack", of any kind (no need to). Tried them all and none is a better player than PotPlayer with ordinary standard Windows 7 Media Foundation.

I use PotPlayer 64-bit, along with its "default_more.dsf" skin (very traditional looking player interface skin). Plays absolutely everything audio and video without the need for any additional codecs. Uses MediaInfo DLL for complete presentation of file info/properties. Extensive customization available, use of hardware deinterlacing (e.g. for sharp progressive playback of WMC 1080i WTV recorded TV files), seemingly endless ways to tweak audio/video playback as well as user interface, playlist, etc.

I especially like its "windowless" presentation (from that skin) so that 1920x1080 fullscreen uses all screen real estate without the need for any scaling. You're watching the video only, with no distractions. Hover the cursor over the bottom of the screen and the player control panel appears until you move the cursor away.

I could go on and on. I'll be glad to share my INI file and pure-and-simple "default_more.dsf" file, to save you the trouble of learning and start-up, but you may have to change language to English (from default Korean).
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09 Jul 2018   #10
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit sp 1
 
 

Copying files from one computer to another isn't the correct process. You need to uninstall and reinstall it.

How to Reinstall Windows Media Player in Windows 7, 8, or 10 to Solve Problems
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