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Windows Media Player 11 Not Spawning For Any Internet Videos

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#1 unkelone


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Posted 01 September 2007 - 02:57 PM

I just got a new computer that came with Windows Vista Home Premium. I've been trying to view some videos on the internet with no success. On the old XP, all I had to do was click a video link and Windows Media Player would spawn (pop up) and start playing the video (I have cable internet by the way). Howvever now on Vista, every time I click on a video link Windows Media Player doesn't open up, it doesn't do anything, and Explorer directs me to the error page of "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage." It doesn't matter what kind of file I'm trying to view, whether it's a mpeg, avi, or wma, the result is always the same. I can however pop in a dvd or my external hard drive and start watching any of the videos I have saved. It just doesn't do anything on the web. So if anyone can help me out, it would be much appricated. Thanks for your time.

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#2 Johnathan Lyman

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 05:13 PM

You might not have WMP11 set to open up the said videos externally.

Do you have any other programs on your machine (to your knowledge) that are set to open those file extensions? (mpeg, avi, wmv)

If you don't think so, open up your CONTROL PANEL (ORB, CONTROL PANEL)

Open up SET DEFAULT PROGRAMS (if in classic mode; otherwise in normal mode, at the CONTROL PANEL HOME, click PROGRAMS and choose SET DEFAULT PROGRAMS)

If you have UAC on, you might be prompted.


If that doesn't work, look into what your browser has set as the default program for opening said file extensions.

I hope i was able to help.
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