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Windows 8.1 media player plays for only a few seconds and then fails. How can I reinstall it or correct the fault.
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Question by:dengolding
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by:Eirman
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Does it fail with every video file or just particular files?
Do the movies play with VLC?

VLC is well worth having anyway. It will play many files that WMP will not play.
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by:McKnife
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If it starts playing and then interrupts, it's more likely a problem with the file or with the codec the video file uses.
First, see if that file(s) play on other player: vlc or media player classic.
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by:robbe
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1  Unload WMP - Control Panel, Programs and Features, [left-hand side] Turn Windows features on or off, Media Features, clear Windows Media Player checkbox, Yes, OK, Restart the PC.

2  Reload WMP - Control Panel, Programs and Features, [left-hand side] Turn Windows features on or off, Media Features, set the Windows Media Player checkbox, Yes, OK, Restart the PC.
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by:dengolding
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robbe - tried that and no difference.
McKnife - Plays ok with Nero and Adobe Audition. Same files abort after 3 -8 seconds in media player
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by:dengolding
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Eirman - the files are WAV and MP3 and play perfectly in VLC. I like VLC! Failing other solutions for Windows Media Player I think this may be the solution.
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by:McKnife
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I would monitor mediaplayer with the tool procmon. Download and start procmon, use the haircross to select mediaplayer, now start the video. After it crashes, stop logging. See what exactly happens when it crashes.

But if you have no problem using VLC, you can of course skip that if you like.
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by:dengolding
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I didn't get notified of this one- strange. I'll try procmon in the morning and report back.
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by:dengolding
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I installed procmon but couldn't see any crosshairs. I clicked on the help file but that just fell over. In the meantime, media player stopped working without selecting any file.
I haven't found how to filter onto mediaplayer yet - any ideas?
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by:McKnife
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Look again for the crosshair, it's one of the  buttons.
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by:dengolding
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I'm still trying to get a picture on this but I have a concert to do so it may be a few more days before trying again. Please bear with me. So far there's nothing obvious in the procmon listing.
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If you like, save and upload the log (zipped). Make sure to use the crosshair first and to dropped filtered events (see menu "filter"), so that the log will not be that big.
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by:dengolding
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Media player has stopped aborting for an unknown reason. The suggestions about VLC and Procmon have proved useful and I will use procmon and come back here if it happens again in the future. In the meantime I'm awarding points even through we didn't find the exact cause. Thanks to those who helped.
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by:dengolding
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I have a log file now when media player aborts. Is anyone still interested in looking at this please.
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by:McKnife
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Why not, upload it.
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by:dengolding
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I've zipped the file and tried to upload it but got the messaghe that .PML is not in the list of allowed extensions.
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by:McKnife
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Rename .pml to .doc, that will work.
And make sure you used filtering, no 50 MB logfile, please :)
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