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How to Fix Windows Media Player Errors

Aug 12, 2008
Windows Media Player errors can be a disappointing part of the computer for anyone who enjoys music, videos, or movies. Unfortunately there may be times when you get an error message with this program, and the program will not play correctly, or even open. This can lead to frustration for many users, and fixing this problem may not seem simple.

There are methods you can use that will help Windows Media Player function as it was intended, without any problems or error messages. These methods will repair any issues, so that the software can do what it was developed to do without any annoying errors.

One common problem with Win Media Player is a missing codec. This is a small software application that is utilized for the compression and decompression of the digital media file. This is done because less space is needed on your system for a file which is compressed, and compressed files are much easier to send and receive over the Internet.

Almost all music and video files need a codec to play correctly. Media Player needs the correct codec installed to decompress the media file and play it or related errors may appear.

If you are missing a vital codec for this media player, your application will not work correctly, and the way to fix this is to install the missing codec. Normally, when you get a message that your system is missing a required codec, the application will attempt to download the correct codec from Microsoft so that the file can be run correctly. If Microsoft did not develop the needed codec, you may have to search different sites with codec downloads to locate the specific codec the file requires. Some codecs may not be compatible with Win Media Player, and if this is the case then the file can not be run without seeing Windows Media Player errors.

Caution should be used when downloading codecs, and any codec which is not found on the official website for Microsoft should be considered carefully before using. Sometimes these files may contain malicious software which can damage your computer if they are downloaded from a site which is not trusted, and Microsoft is the safest and most secure site for finding codecs for Windows Media Player.

What If Windows Media Player Errors Are Not Caused By Missing Or Corrupted Codecs?

The fastest and most effective way to fix Windows Media Player errors is to use a registry cleaner software program. These applications automatically scan and clean the Windows Registry safely and quickly. It is possible to edit the registry manually, but it is not recommended by computer experts because of the risks to your system. The registry contains vital files which are needed by the operating system, and if even one of these keys or files is deleted your computer may never function again.

When programs are uninstalled or deleted, file fragments may still remain in the registry, causing problems with Windows Media Player as well as other programs. This can also slow down your processing speed and impair the performance of your PC. Using a registry cleaner will clean out these fragments in just minutes, with no work needed. You simply run the registry cleaner and relax. In no time Windows Media Player will be fixed, and your PC will be optimized.
About the Author
Brian Williams is a self-confessed PC fiddler dedicated to 'spreading the word' when it comes to fixing PC errors and helping people make the most use of their PCs. For FREE ACCESS to more PC tips n' tricks, just visit Optimize-Your-PC.com.
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