Yesterday I discovered that Windows Media Player wouldn't open. I double clicked on an MP3 I'd just downloaded and Media Player didn't start. I tried using a launcher to open it. When that didn't work, I searched the .exe file out in Explorer and tried to open it from there, but no go.
Today I wanted to run a search to make sure a backup operation had worked correctly. When I clicked the Search Button I got a blank Search Companion the color of my desktop.
Usually, I use another player to listen to music, even though WMP is my default player. And usually, I use Search GT instead of Windows Search when I'm looking for a file. So - I don't know exactly when the applications quit. I am wondering if it has anything to do with Windows latest update. However, I don't see anyone else posting about this problem.
My system, XP SP3 Home, is fully patched. I ran a virus scan and got nothing. Event viewer doesn't show any errors. Very odd. Computer is running fine, no problems except for this.
Suggestions would be welcome.