Among the many charming "features" I am encountering with my new "upgrade" to WinXP; Every time I launch a file in WMP, the CPU utilization jumps to 100% and the memory usage for the explorer.exe process increases steadily, until I reboot. This continues even after I have closed WMP. I tried uninstalling (rolling back, really, since WMP won't uninstall) and reintalling WMP 10, but to no avail. What makes this even better is that my prefered player, Zoom Player, is apparently dependent on the WMP dll, as it causes exactly the same behavior.
Any ideas on how to fix this?