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Getting MPC to play wmv files without WMP, how?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by The Seabat, May 21, 2010.

  1. The Seabat

    The Seabat Flightless Bird

    I have Windows XP Pro SP2 installed without Windows Media Player,
    version designation 'N' I believe. I have installed the K-Lite
    standard codec pack that includes the latest version of Media Player
    Classic (which I like). I also installed the RealAltLite codec pack to
    view Realmedia files. MPC won't play wmv files. I installed VLC player
    and it will, but I believe that all the codecs it uses are
    included/intregal with that program. I have tried to install a
    Microsoft codec pack for version 11, version 9 and version 7. . .no
    joy! I tried installing the WMP itself (all above versions) and still
    no joy! I tried to install the basic version 6.4 and, yup, you guessed
    it, no joy. MPC will play every thing I throw at it except the wmv
    family of files. For them I have to use VLC. A pain the butt.

    I also removed all codecs and then installed "XP codec pack" from
    here: http://www.xpcodecpack.com/ and the joy is still absent.

    Would installing the K-Lite Mega pack fix this? God, my hair is
    starting to hurt!

    How do I get MPC to pay wmv files?? Without reinstalling my whole OS,
    of course? Thanks.
    --
    The seabat
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  2. Andrew E.

    Andrew E. Flightless Bird

    Actually one cannot uninstall WMP software,you can disable WMP thru
    add-remove windows components,but xp still uses it..Also,WMP 9 is
    already installed,+ microsoft doesnt offer WMP 9 series for xp,so i dought
    if you installed a correct version....

    "The Seabat" wrote:

    >
    > I have Windows XP Pro SP2 installed without Windows Media Player,
    > version designation 'N' I believe. I have installed the K-Lite
    > standard codec pack that includes the latest version of Media Player
    > Classic (which I like). I also installed the RealAltLite codec pack to
    > view Realmedia files. MPC won't play wmv files. I installed VLC player
    > and it will, but I believe that all the codecs it uses are
    > included/intregal with that program. I have tried to install a
    > Microsoft codec pack for version 11, version 9 and version 7. . .no
    > joy! I tried installing the WMP itself (all above versions) and still
    > no joy! I tried to install the basic version 6.4 and, yup, you guessed
    > it, no joy. MPC will play every thing I throw at it except the wmv
    > family of files. For them I have to use VLC. A pain the butt.
    >
    > I also removed all codecs and then installed "XP codec pack" from
    > here: http://www.xpcodecpack.com/ and the joy is still absent.
    >
    > Would installing the K-Lite Mega pack fix this? God, my hair is
    > starting to hurt!
    >
    > How do I get MPC to pay wmv files?? Without reinstalling my whole OS,
    > of course? Thanks.
    > --
    > The seabat
    > Filtering GoogleGroups & Goobers with extreme prejudice!
    > Usenet Improvement Project: R.I.P. Lee aka Blinky the Shark
    > .
    >
     
  3. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    The Seabat wrote:
    > I have Windows XP Pro SP2 installed without Windows Media Player,
    > version designation 'N' I believe. I have installed the K-Lite
    > standard codec pack that includes the latest version of Media Player
    > Classic (which I like). I also installed the RealAltLite codec pack to
    > view Realmedia files. MPC won't play wmv files. I installed VLC player
    > and it will, but I believe that all the codecs it uses are
    > included/intregal with that program. I have tried to install a
    > Microsoft codec pack for version 11, version 9 and version 7. . .no
    > joy! I tried installing the WMP itself (all above versions) and still
    > no joy! I tried to install the basic version 6.4 and, yup, you guessed
    > it, no joy. MPC will play every thing I throw at it except the wmv
    > family of files. For them I have to use VLC. A pain the butt.
    >
    > I also removed all codecs and then installed "XP codec pack" from
    > here: http://www.xpcodecpack.com/ and the joy is still absent.
    >
    > Would installing the K-Lite Mega pack fix this? God, my hair is
    > starting to hurt!
    >
    > How do I get MPC to pay wmv files?? Without reinstalling my whole OS,
    > of course? Thanks.


    I'd be using GSpot, to check those files first.
    Maybe they're not what you think they are. It
    could be, someone put ".wmv" as a file extension,
    as a joke.

    http://gspot.headbands.com/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GSpot

    Paul
     
  4. Rick Chauvin

    Rick Chauvin Flightless Bird

    seabat,

    I have WMP v9.00.00.4507 installed on WXP (specifically it was installed
    from the file: MPSetupXP.exe) ..and it plays all wmv files

    As well I have Both MPC HC (HomeCinema) and the G (Gabest) version, and
    both of these play any wmv files as well.

    I also use VLC and of course that plays them too.

    It's been so long ago since I did it, but I believe it's one or both these
    codec packages from Miscrosoft that does it, so install them both.

    Now on this current MS webpage I see it does not show it listed for XP
    anymore:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/forpros/format/codecdownload.aspx

    ...But, the MHT of that same webpage I saved from back in 2004 from it
    has the link in it, and so just copying from that .mht - here it is, and I
    see the link is still still active:

    <copy/paste>
    This package is for network administrators who want to deliver support for
    the latest Windows Media Audio and Video codecs for enterprise computers
    running Windows Media Player 7.1, Windows Media Player for Microsoft
    Windows XP, Windows Media Player 9 Series, and Windows Media Player 10.

    Previous codec versions have been included to decode any data you may
    encounter that has been encoded with those older versions. This package
    contains the following codecs:
    Windows Media Audio 9
    Windows Media Audio 9 Voice
    Windows Media Video 7, 8, and 9
    Windows Media Video 9 Screen
    Microsoft MPEG-4 versions 1, 2, and 3
    ISO MPEG-4 versions 1 and 1.1

    For WXP
    http://download.microsoft.com/download/a/0/3/a0398036-25b9-410c-b371-c59957c1b0f4/WM9Codecs.exe

    Note: If you do not have Windows Media Player 9 Series or later installed
    and cannot play content by using the Windows Media Video 9 or Windows Media
    Audio 9 Voice codecs from a Player embedded in a Web page, consider
    downloading the codec installation package for Windows Media Player 6.4 as
    well.

    <end of copy paste>

    Also importantly I installed this other important codec from this MS
    webpage too:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...familyid=0c99c648-5800-4aa3-a2fe-3de948689db8

    Rick



    "The Seabat" <seabat@boardermail.com> wrote in message
    news:ht7060$4gc$1@news.eternal-september.org
    > I have Windows XP Pro SP2 installed without Windows Media Player,
    > version designation 'N' I believe. I have installed the K-Lite
    > standard codec pack that includes the latest version of Media Player
    > Classic (which I like). I also installed the RealAltLite codec pack to
    > view Realmedia files. MPC won't play wmv files. I installed VLC player
    > and it will, but I believe that all the codecs it uses are
    > included/intregal with that program. I have tried to install a
    > Microsoft codec pack for version 11, version 9 and version 7. . .no
    > joy! I tried installing the WMP itself (all above versions) and still
    > no joy! I tried to install the basic version 6.4 and, yup, you guessed
    > it, no joy. MPC will play every thing I throw at it except the wmv
    > family of files. For them I have to use VLC. A pain the butt.
    >
    > I also removed all codecs and then installed "XP codec pack" from
    > here: http://www.xpcodecpack.com/ and the joy is still absent.
    >
    > Would installing the K-Lite Mega pack fix this? God, my hair is
    > starting to hurt!
    >
    > How do I get MPC to pay wmv files?? Without reinstalling my whole OS,
    > of course? Thanks.
    > --
    > The seabat
    > Filtering GoogleGroups & Goobers with extreme prejudice!
    > Usenet Improvement Project: R.I.P. Lee aka Blinky the Shark
     
  5. The Seabat

    The Seabat Flightless Bird

    On Fri, 21 May 2010 17:06:27 -0500, The Seabat
    <seabat@boardermail.com> wrote:

    >>
    >>I have Windows XP Pro SP2 installed without Windows Media Player,
    >>version designation 'N' I believe. I have installed the K-Lite
    >>standard codec pack that includes the latest version of Media Player
    >>Classic (which I like). I also installed the RealAltLite codec pack to
    >>view Realmedia files. MPC won't play wmv files. I installed VLC player
    >>and it will, but I believe that all the codecs it uses are
    >>included/intregal with that program. I have tried to install a
    >>Microsoft codec pack for version 11, version 9 and version 7. . .no
    >>joy! I tried installing the WMP itself (all above versions) and still
    >>no joy! I tried to install the basic version 6.4 and, yup, you guessed
    >>it, no joy. MPC will play every thing I throw at it except the wmv
    >>family of files. For them I have to use VLC. A pain the butt.
    >>
    >>I also removed all codecs and then installed "XP codec pack" from
    >>here: http://www.xpcodecpack.com/ and the joy is still absent.
    >>
    >>Would installing the K-Lite Mega pack fix this? God, my hair is
    >>starting to hurt!
    >>
    >>How do I get MPC to pay wmv files?? Without reinstalling my whole OS,
    >>of course? Thanks.



    Just a follow up. I finally got it working. I could not install any of
    the retro packs or players except for WMP11 codecs. It sucked that one
    up like a sponge and everything seems to be fine now. Thanks for all
    the suggestions. There is joy in SW Texas today!
    --
    The seabat
    Filtering GoogleGroups & Goobers with extreme prejudice!
    Usenet Improvement Project: R.I.P. Lee aka Blinky the Shark
     

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