Favorites In WIndows Media Player 11

Posted on 2009-04-24
Last Modified: 2013-12-07
Unlike in previous versions of Windows Media Player, I do not have a Favorites option that would allow me to add/bookmark the locations of, for example, radio stations that stream online but are not part of the Online Store.

Was the feature/menu item removed or am I just missing it somewhere?

It is the same feature that is in Internet Explorer - a uick way of accessing a stream in this case without having to first go to the hosting web site and then click on listen live.

I apologize if I have just missed or can't find it.  Using WMP 11 and Vista Home Premium.
Question by:Monty2diva
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    Accepted Solution

    I'm running WMP 11 in XP ok, but I do see your point. Even the file is missing
     It maybe disabled because of security in Vista,
    to acces file r/click the top bar/
    Click the arrow below the Now Playing tab, click More Options, and then click the Privacy tab.
    History>save file and URL history in the player.
    By default, Windows Media Player 11 keeps a history of the most recently-accessed multimedia files including url. You can see this history by accessing the file menu - click "Alt", then "F", and read the entries at the bottom of the menu.
    read this incase it's relevent>
    Windows Media Player 11 (WMP11) Cannot Stream and Play MMS Media Protocol in Vista
     the work arounds,
    save the URL  to your favourites at the start menue all favourites or the desktop give them a folder make WMP your default media player and they should open in that,
    Go to now playing and save as  the URL as  playlist
     r/click the top bar File,
    file open URL
    navigate to the saved URL

     or use Winamp free version it's the best in my humble opinion
     bookmarking url not a problem no drm great visuals

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the response.  I figured out how to get the regular old toolbar to display always - and the Favorites option clearly is not there.  To me, there is no logical reason to have removed this option.  Currently, I know that you can add to a list of favorite radio stations in the WM store/music guide.  But not every Internet stream is listed there of course.  And why I should not be able to add streams to a list of favorites of mine without going to the music guide - which can keep some record of what my listening habits are (hmm) - is "slightly" a mystery to me.

    Saving a favorite as a link on my desktop is a good idea (as are Winamp and RealPlayer - both of which allow you to add favorites).  As my workaround to this kludge, I have created a single item playlist in WMP that consists only of the live stream as it is listed in the My Library section.


    LVL 69

    Assisted Solution

    This is because of Microsoft's hit on anti piracy, DRM and security or so he says.
    Remember Microsoft killed the activex in IE6 a few years back which caused a furor over the problems with web pages not functioning right. WMP woudl not stream right.
    Now we get that yellow bar across the top of page causing the user to manually have to install the activex component.
    The days are gone where you feel you own your computer and what you put on it.
    Vista's new design you cannot uninstall WMP 11 as it's now an intergrated into windows.
    So you can't even roll it back to 10.
    Many programmers came up with a solution for that by showing us that we can install 2 different versions of WMP on the one system. Vista or XP
    Just download the older version and install it to a different location.
    Rename it to WMP 2. And then don't update it disable the update feature.

    Author Closing Comment

    It is truly hard to evaluate a solution when you are dealing with a software deficiency and the only solutions are workarounds.  I believe I had a nice interaction with the expert, but I wanted my evaluation to reflect that we were dealing with flaws in a product (in this case WMP), and in this case there was no such thing as an ideal solution; in other words, the lower-than-perfect marks I gave were my way of protesting Microsoft.  We couldn't find an excellent solution because Microsoft made that impossible.  But I truly appreciated the wonderful efforts.
    LVL 69

    Expert Comment

    Thank you Monty2diva, I love being of service where I can and offering my wisdom to those who can use it.  The points are just a means of some kind of exchange since we offer our time here for free.
    You have a nice day

    Author Comment

    Thanks Merete for your input and assistance.  Too bad we as users aren't asked by Microsoft what's best for products we use.

    Take care,


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