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    Windows Media Player (Win XP SP1)

    I have two mplayer2.exe files. One is dated 9/3/02, version: 6.4.9.1125.

    The other is dated 4/11/03, version: 8.0.0.4490.

    I want to upgrade to latest version, but I can't remove either of the fore mentioned files. Installing a newer version on top of the two I already have would make a mess. Windows won't let me remove either one. My favorite player is Music Match Jukebox, but on occasion Media Player is the choice of some web pages.that I visit regularly. If I have to keep it, it might as well be the latest one. Both files are in the same folder: Program Files/ Windows Media Player.

    What should I do? Leave it the way it is or upgrade over the other two?
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    Re: Windows Media Player (Win XP SP1)

    Gloria,

    The latest WMP is Version 10.00.00.3923. The mplayer2.exe file is dated 8/4/04.

    Why not just save your music files and delete the rest. Then download and install a fresh copy?
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    Re: Windows Media Player (Win XP SP1)

    It is very strange. It is impossible to have two files with the same filename in one folder.

    The first file, mplayer2.exe (v.6.4.9.1125) is kind of "simple" media player and belongs to core Windows files (it is responsible for playing "Windows logon" sound when you start your computer, for example).

    The second file, wmplayer.exe is "Windows Media Player" v.8 (that comes with Windows XP) and you can use MusicMatch instead of it.

    If you want to upgrade to the latest version, download and install Windows Media Player 10.
    After installation you will have two files:

    wmplayer.exe v.10.0.0.3646 (72 KB, August 11, 2004, 1:45:04 AM) and...
    mplayer2.exe v.6.4.9.1125 (5 KB, 9/3/02)

    To remove simple media player, you need to edit SYSOC.INF file in WINDOWSINF folder.
    Make sure that your Windows Explorer shows "protected operating system files". Navigate to C:Windowsinfsysoc.inf. Make a copy of the file under diferent filename (for example, sysoc.old). Open the sysoc.inf file and edit the line

    MultiM=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,multimed.inf,HIDE,7

    like this:

    MultiM=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,multimed.inf,,7

    Save and close the file. Select Start | Control Panel | Add or Remove Programs |Add or Remove Windows Components. Select Accessories | Multimedia and uncheck the chekbox. Click OK.
    Your simple media player will be uninstalled. Windows also would not playing sounds (Logon, Critical Stop etc.).

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    Re: Windows Media Player (Win XP SP1)

    I finally got it, mplayer2 is the exe download file for WMP. Correct?

    I would like to install the latest WMP but I don't think it should be installed on top of the version I have, or am I completly off base here?

    Viking, would you suggest installing WMP over the old WMP? Won't that make for an excessive amount of files for one player?
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    Re: Windows Media Player (Win XP SP1)

    Hi Kaplinb, I don't believe we've communicated before. I must commend you on the lucidity of your communication to me. Only a stupid idiot would fail to understand your explaination. I hope that lets me out.

    Another strange thing is, I never received your message by email, and would not have noticed it except I was replying to Viking 33. I'm so glad it saw it, it's been printed and filed in my folder of useful tips. I will do exactly as you've outlined, but I do have one question. What exactly is the "simple media player"?
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    Re: Windows Media Player (Win XP SP1)

    Hi Gloria,
    As kaplinb explained, the wmplayer2.exe is for the CORE windows sounds not the full blown Media Player. The exe file for that is wmplayer.exe ( without the numeral )
    If you go into Windows Explorer and navigate to the WMP folder, just click on the wmplayer2.exe file and you will see the difference as to when you click on the wmplayer.exe file.

    If I remember right, I did install version 10 over the old version without any problems. I don't see why there would be an excess of files by doing it that way?

    If you would feel better, set a system restore point before installing the new version, or if you had something like True Image, you could make an image before changing.
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    Re: Windows Media Player (Win XP SP1)

    Bob,

    It is mplayer2.exe not wmplayer2.exe that is the 'old' core player. WMP is wmplayer.exe. You are correct, installing the latest player via Windows (or Microsoft) Update will update the correct files.

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    Re: Windows Media Player (Win XP SP1)

    Check out Windows Media Player FAQ

    Read it ALL

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    Re: Windows Media Player (Win XP SP1)

    WOW, what a daunting, revolting task that is. If I was a devotee of WMP, I would read it to the last drop. But, because I have it because I must, I'll skip the reading part, thank you just the same.
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    Re: Windows Media Player (Win XP SP1)

    I don't have the evidence but after the upgrade and signing off. The next day my volume icon was missing from the system tray. Internet Explorer was no longer to be found on my system, I had to reinstall. One day I'll digest the saying to leave well enough alone.. I fixed both problems but spent half a day doing so. Needless to say, no more updates for that player will be installed.
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    Re: Windows Media Player (Win XP SP1)

    Gloria,
    You ask a question. Dave points you to a possible solution. and you respond
    <hr>WOW, what a daunting, revolting task that is. If I was a devotee of WMP, I would read it to the last drop. But, because I have it because I must, I'll skip the reading part, thank you just the same.<hr>
    Does this mean that you're simply not interested in a solution, or you can't be bothered to do a little research yourself?
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    Re: Windows Media Player (Win XP SP1)

    Gloria,
    Not too surprising about volume control being missing but IE was GONE? Any more details on that? <img src=/S/alien.gif border=0 alt=alien width=14 height=15>
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    Re: Windows Media Player (Win XP SP1)

    Please forgive this tardy reply, but 2 days ago my husband had an attack and is in Critical Care in the hospital.

    No Rebel, I'm far from lazy or a don't care person, if I hadn't wanted help I wouldn't have bothered to post. I said in my original post that I only use WMP if I have to because some web pages require that I have it. If it wasn't for that I wouldn't use it at all. But since it's required, I figured that it might as well be the latest version (agreed)?

    I just didn't have the time to do that much research on something used so seldom. I appreciated Dave's post, I just didn't have the time at that particular moment to follow his suggestion. I hope I haven't offended Dave or upset you. That was not my intention, if I have please forgive me.
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    Re: Windows Media Player (Win XP SP1)

    No Gloria, I'm not upset or offended, and I'm sure Dave isn't either. I'm surprised that you are having these kinds of problems with Media Player however. I have upgraded WMP many times, by simply downloading and installing the latest version, and I've not had any of the problems you describe. I have never removed the older versions first.

    Very sorry to hear about your husband Gloria. How are things going with him now? We'll keep our fingers crossed, and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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    Re: Windows Media Player (Win XP SP1)

    It remains a mystery, like I said there were no files, no shortcuts. I reinstalled but the condition remained the same. It wasn't on my start menu, nor my quick launch toolbar. I spent hours trying to find it. In my panic, I don't remember what I did but I suddenly found a short cut which I pinned to the start menu. It now appears in Add or Remove as Microsoft IE 6 SP 1 (16.38 mb), search found 5 objects, 3 folders and 2 webpage links.

    Perhaps the re-install was a success after all, but it wasn't on my computer.that day. After I shut down for the night, the next day, there it was.

    Like someone said, computers don't make mistakes, what they do they do on purpose.
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