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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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