Windows Media Player won't open

August 12, 2011 at 13:45:57
Specs: Windows 7
Absolutely nothing happens when I double click on Windows Media Player 11 in Windows 7. The program is still in the Programs folder but gone from the Control Panel's program list. How to make the computer recognize it?

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#1
August 12, 2011 at 15:45:35

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#2
August 12, 2011 at 16:11:36
There is no Windows Media Player 11 software available to download and install. The Microsoft website says that version 11 is included in the operating system and isn't available separately to download. I can't "repair" it using its file in the Control Panel because it no longer shows up there in the Programs folder. It is visible in the computer's Program files, but nothing happens when I try to access it.

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#3
August 12, 2011 at 17:46:05
do a system restore back to when it worked

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#4
August 12, 2011 at 18:40:48
If all else fails download VLC player (free and good), then set it to play whatever file types you need.

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#5
August 13, 2011 at 02:41:43
I tried System Restore but couldn't find an old enough date that fixed the problem. I kept trying older and older dates until I got a warning message that said to use a date no older than 60 days, so I didn't use those dates from 4 months ago. I don't remember when it worked properly, because I don't play music on the computer very often. I'm looking for a way to repair the Windows Media Player that is in my computer without reinstalling the operating system and having to reinstall all my programs. It is odd that Microsoft doesn't have a download for the version that comes with Windows 7.

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#6
August 13, 2011 at 02:45:41
I already got VLC, which does work. I want the original software that camer with the operating system to work, so I'm trying to fix Windows Media Player 11, on the principle that it ought to work.

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#7
August 13, 2011 at 12:15:44
I know this still doesn't meet your requirements but it is likely that if you downloaded WMP12 that would replace WMP11 and work:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...

This, to my mind, is better than a complete system reload, which might be the only way to repair the inbuilt WMP11.

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#8
August 13, 2011 at 19:22:17
Both WMP 12 only comes with the operating system or the SP1 for Windows 7, so cannot download and install. I guess this means I'll have to do a clean install, which I was trying to avoid. So far I have 2 programs that don't work anymore but cannot be accessed, because they are installed with the system or service pack and aren't available by themselves. The rest of the computer seems to be working fine. Do you think I have to start all over with a clean install?

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#9
August 14, 2011 at 04:27:37
Geez, MS don't make things easy.
I assume you've tried sfc /scannow

If other programs are playing up too then it seems you are stuck with re-install of the system, or the repair given here:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...

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#10
August 20, 2011 at 12:53:38
I couldn't find anything on that website that worked. BUT I just used MICROSOFT STANDALONE SYSTEM SWEEPER. It was recommended by Kim Komando today. It worked. Now Wiindows Media Player works! The 4-hour scan said it didn't find a virus, but it must have done something. It didn't fix the incorrect display and functionning of my Windows Desktop Gadgets (Windows 7), so whatever this problem is, it isn't a hidden virus.

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#11
August 20, 2011 at 13:01:25
Glad to hear you fixed WMP. I'll look up that MS program (new one on me).

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