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Real Player AND Windows Media Player - do I need BOTH of these?

IE 7, Windows, XP --

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  • doctorsamlar Dec 26, 2008

    hi gr8solver -- Thanks very much. So far so good. But, can I ask -- WHY do I need them both?



    Also, is there a simple way to check my RAM capacity and Hard Disk Space? Absolutely I have a genuine copy of Windows. Not having any problem with Real Player or Windows Media doing their thing -- it's just that I believe Real takes lots of membory and is maybe slowing my computer down. That's the real problem -- computer slow going from one website to another. -- Thanks again. Sam Larkin

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Yes Min. requirement is Windows XP,  IE7 is not a requirement, check you have sufficent memory both RAM (atleast 128 MB)and Hard Disk Space(Min. 2 GB free should be there.), Hope you have a genuine copy of windows a must for Windows media player and not mandaotry for Real Player. Get the Framework 1.1 and 2.0 and 3.0 for windows xp if you dont have already. And check your sound card but not mandatory.

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  • Amit Bhasin Dec 26, 2008

    No particular reason...u can do only with one these..my choice would be real player as some Real Player formats give problem with Windows Media Player but Real Player kind of plays it all (Good for Audio) also i would suggest if you watch videos try VLC Player..Enjoy and have a nice time also Wishing you a Happy New Year in Advance.

  • Amit Bhasin Dec 26, 2008

    Agree Real takes lots of memory VLC would help its a big program but very fast.....You can check your system configration:...For RAM follow steps:...Click Start>Control Pannel>System.....You would see info about your windows version and RAM....For Hard Disk Capacity follow steps:..........Goto My Computer> Right click on your C Drive or Primary Boot Disk Drive>Properties you would see Capacitiy and other info about your disk..........Do let me know how old is your PC i would try and suugest you upgrades...which are economically best fit and would not hamper your systems performace.

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Windows media player won't work


Which operating system ? Which version of Media player ?
Though designed with Windows 7 in mind, Windows Media Player 11 (WMP 11) is fully compatible with Windows XP.

The trick is knowing which version of WMP 11 to download.
Different versions of the software exist not only for Windows 7, Vista, and XP, but also for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows XP.

Additionally, WMP 11 is only compatible with XP if it is using Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3. Before downloading the appropriate installation file, you will need to verify which version your system requires.

Open the "Start" menu.
Open "My Computer."

Click "Help", then select "About Windows."
This will display a window with system information.

Find the listing that specifies your Service Pack. If you are operating without Service Pack 2 or 3, you will need to install one (see Resources).


Open the "Start" menu and click "Run." Within the text field, type "winmsd.exe."

Click "OK." Select "System Summary."
Find the heading labeled "Item."

Under this heading should be the word "Processor."
The value associated with "Processor" will determine which version of Windows XP you are running.

If the value begins with "x86," you are running a 32-bit version.
If it begins with "ia64" or "AMD64," then you are running a 64-bit version.

Download the Windows Media Player installation file that matches your version of Windows (see Below).
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/windows-media-player

Open the file once it has finished downloading.
This will launch the installation wizard.

Follow the onscreen instructions to install WMP 11.
The program should now run normally.
How to Fix Windows Media Center

Windows Media Center is the home entertainment hub on a Windows computer.
With Media Center, you can play live television, songs, DVDs and slideshows.

It is preinstalled on Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows Vista Home Premium/Ultimate Edition and Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions.

From time to time, users run into issues trying to play audio or video files, or with an extender connected to Media Center.

Extenders are devices that allow you to "extend" the Media Center onto a TV screen or larger display.

The Xbox 360 gaming console is an example of an extender.
Launch Windows Media Center from your computer's Start menu.

Scroll down to "Music" on the Media Center home screen.
Select "Music library."

If you find an empty folder under "Music Library," navigate to the folder on your hard drive that stores your music file and add it to Media Center's library.

If the problem isn't an empty folder, look at the file extension on the music file that won't play. Media Center can't play files with unknown or incompatible extensions.

If you find a questionable extension, skip that file. Click once on another file with a different extension, one you know is compatible with Media Center, and then click "Open" to test if you can play that one.

Media Center will play MP3, CDA, WAV and other music file formats.
Open Windows Media Player from the Start menu if you receive a codec error while trying to play either audio or video files.

If you open the file in Media Player, the codec will download automatically.
You should then be able to play the file in Media Center.

Troubleshoot your firewall settings if a Media Center extender doesn't work.
You'll have a problem using an extender if Windows Firewall blocks it.

Go to "Control Panel" from the Start menu and double-click on "Windows Firewall."
Click on "Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall."

Click to check "Media Center Extenders."
Click on "Apply."

Check external speaker cables to make sure they're connected if you can't hear any sound. Check the computer's volume settings by clicking on the "VOL+" icon at the bottom right corner of the main Media Center screen to make sure the volume is not turned off or down too low.

You may need to reconfigure your speakers if you're having volume or sound issues.
Scroll down to "Tasks" in the Media Center home screen and select "Settings."

Click on "General" and select "Windows Media Center Setup."
Click on "Set Up Your Speakers."

Follow the on-screen prompts to reconfigure your speakers.

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Is there any driver, program or software fix that will allow me to load my "Intel Create & Share Software on my Windows 7 Dell Inspiron 530?


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If you have Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate or update to one of those versions, you may be able to run a virtual XP computer for free. Download from Microsoft and install in order the Virtual PC program and the XP mode software. Install the Intel Create & Share program in XP mode as if it is your only OS. (Note: you can't have hardware installed on the virtual and real computer at the same time. To share files you will need to save them to external media (USB or optical disc).)

Other virtual computer programs are VMWare and Parallels. For the other options, you will need a licensed version of the older Windows OS.

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How to connect mp3 201 to windows computer?


Hi vjedmonds...
You will connect your MP3 player to the computer using the data cord supplied with the MP3 player.
If you want to download music to your MP3 player follow the instructions below..
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1...You must download and install Windows Media Player 11 on your computer.
NOTE...Some older MP3 players will not work with Windows Media Player 11 or Windows 7 with Windows Media Player 11.
If this happens to you, then you will have to uninstall Windows Media Player 11 and install Windows Media Player 10.
2...After you have downloaded and installed Media Player on your computer.
3...Open Media Player on your computer.
4...Install all your music into Media Player that you want to install on your MP3 player.
5...Plug in your MP3 player to the computer using your Data/Sync cord, be sure that Windows Media Player is on.
6...Media player should recognize the MP3 player and sync with it.
7...After it is sync'ed with the computer,you can add the music you have installed into Windows Media Player to your MP3 Player.
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WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER SOUNDS BAD


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Just installed nero 7 software on my comp. and really messed up all my music files. all my saved files have lost there names & are know numbered tracks of nero media type. Same applys to media i...


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in order to get things back, just right click any music files you have, go to properties, click change for types of file then select the application you want play with your music.

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