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Windows Media Player is stuck in compact mode

I have had this happen 3 times now to 3 different people. The problem is this: in windows XP the windows media player somehow gets stuck in compact mode. when i try to right click and go to full mode, the full mode option is greyed out. The first time i ran into the problem, i fixed it by deleting the registry settings for windows media player. However, in the next two cases, i did the same thing, and it didn't work. I've tried removing and then reinstalling WMP, i've tried upgrading it, nothing works. Has anyone ran into this problem, and if so, how did they fix it short of wiping the whole system?
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I wonder if somehow this registry setting has been enabled?

What Version of Media Player are you using ?!
just a thought try disabling the internet connection part of media player maybe it attempts to connects to the net who knows maybe this can effect the player mode? i have noticed that if I play a file online it uses media player compactand then offers this compact mode option. I dont use xp media player series as they have too many know virus issues, but somewhere in teh settings it has this open in this state when you first run it.
I found this googling around, quite a huge list of fixes for windows media player, if yu have some spare time have a look at it. FAQ
There is a part about the compact mode.

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hey i found this>>
The WMP7 "skins" feature is an interesting preview of the next version of Windows, which will offer a similar way to change the look and feel of its user interface (Figure). WMP7((( >>>> skins only work in a special "compact mode," ))))
so there's actually no way to change the default WMP7 window. But compact mode offers developers a number of interesting ways to change
Sos I figure that if you have a special skin installed it will only work in compact mode, try removing any skins and restore it back to normal seems to make sense if you use any other skins it wont change back Good Luck

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