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JapanimemanDO
07-29-2006, 07:52 AM
I downloaded Windows Media Player v.11 through an update, and while it looks snazzier than 10, I don't like it. I looked into just trying to delete the update and go back to v.10 but it looks like I can't. Would my already exisiting music/video files be damaged if I just deleted WMP all together and downloaded + re-installed v.10? They would still work after I installed v.10 again right?

-Is there a better way than what I've outlined above for going back to my old player WMPv.10?

Bryce W
07-29-2006, 08:15 AM
Your video/music files are indepent of any player that plays them, so removing WMP and reinstalling it shouldnt effect it. What COULD happen but is pretty unlikely is that you might lose accociations with video files (such as WMP opening .avi files by default). Everything should work after the downgrade.

As for how to downgrade. I took this from the Windows site:


Rolling back to a previous version of the Player

Windows Media Player is a feature of the Windows operating system and cannot be removed entirely. However, in Windows XP, you can roll back to the version of the Player that was previously on your computer.

You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group to perform the following procedure.
Disconnect any portable music or video devices that might be attached to your computer.
For more information, see Issues with devices after removing Windows Media Player (http://thesource.ofallevil.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/11/readme.aspx#1578177).
In Category View of Control Panel, click Add or Remove Programs, and then click Remove a program.
At the top of the list, select the Show updates check box.
In the Windows XP - Software Updates section, click Windows Media Player 11, and then click Change/Remove.
In each of the two confirmation dialog boxes that appear, click OK.
When the rollback process is complete (it might take several minutes to complete), click Restart.
In Category View of Control Panel, click Add or Remove Programs, and then click Remove a program.
At the top of the list, select the Show updates check box.
In the Windows XP - Software Updates section, click Windows Media Format 11 Runtime, and then click Change/Remove.
If you installed a non-US English version of Windows Media Player 11, the instructions in the dialog boxes that are mentioned in steps 9, 10, and 11 might appear in English.
In the first confirmation dialog box that appears, click OK.
In the second confirmation dialog box that appears, select the Do you want to continue with the rollback? check box, and then click OK.
When the rollback process is complete (it might take several minutes to complete), click Restart.
In Category View of Control Panel, click Add or Remove Programs, and then click Remove a program.
Click Microsoft User-Mode Driver Frameworks Feature Pack 1.0, and then click Remove.
Follow the instructions that appear in the Software Update Removal Wizard.
If the Wudf01000 confirmation dialog box appears, click Yes to continue. When the software removal process is complete (it might take several minutes to complete), click Finish.

http://thesource.ofallevil.com/library/gallery/templates/MNP2.Common/images/note.gif Note If you remove Windows Media Player 11 and the Windows Media Format 11 Runtime, and then encounter error C00D271D ("A problem has occurred in the Digital Rights Management component. Contact Microsoft product support."), you might be able to resolve the problem by installing the Windows Media Format 9.5 Runtime. For information about installing the Runtime, in the Microsoft Knowledge Base, see article 891122 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=65296), "Update for Windows Media Digital Rights Management-enabled players."
You might not be able to roll back to a previous version of the Player if the hidden folder $NtUninstallwmp11$ is deleted from your computer. Some non-Microsoft programs (such as CCleaner) delete this folder in an attempt to remove unwanted files from your computer.

JapanimemanDO
07-29-2006, 02:04 PM
thanks so much :)
if the last portion of the message^ (if $NtUninstallwmp11$ is deleted) happens, and I'm unable to rollback, what can I do? Just delete everyhting and download WMP10 from microsoft's site?