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EID 14344 Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service. DRM components corrupted?

Hello EE!
I have begun working with Vista and Media Player 11 just recently.  I've been noticing strange startup issues, which may be related to our enterprise software, which was all built for 2k/XP.  Anyway, I have a Media Player event in the logs I would like to share and catch opinions about.  I googled a bit, but could not directly find a clear answer for this.  Also, I do not know of any DRM-protected files on my PC, so I cant test whether or not MP11 can play them.

Event ID: 14344
Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service
A new media server was not initialized because WMCreateDeviceRegistration() encountered error '0x80070057'. The Windows Media DRM components on your computer might be corrupted. Verify that protected files play correctly in Windows Media Player, and then restart the WMPNetworkSvc service.

Thanks for your time!

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Brad GrouxCommented:
As you mentioned this is probably due to your computer being on a corporate network. The issue you are having is with the WMPNetworkSvc stopping unexpectedly. The service is used for various network sharing avenues with Windows Media Player such as he Xbox 360 Media Center and is not needed for WMP to run. I would suggest since you can't stream WMP files on your corporate network to begin with to simply disable the service at startup. Check out the link below on help unneeded disabling services in Windows Vista.

ottobockAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info!

Interesting note, after disabling that service, WMP noted the disabled service, and allowed me to disable the internet sharing all together.  I was looking for a similar setting before posting this question, but could not find it until disabling the service.

Also who used XBox 360 at work?  :-) (Besides Microsoft)  I want to work there.

You would think that Vista Business would automatically have these features disabled. To me - it seems like a potential security flaw for a Business.

Anyway, I checked today and the error is gone, so this is good for me.  Thanks again!

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