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A simple fix for Windows Media Player 'skin' crashes Apps
I decided to try out the Mini (Audio only) Windows Media Player skin (View -> Select Skin -> Mini (Audio Only)). After making the switch, the application would crash half the time I switched from a working skin. I got it to work once and quit the application. Since then, though, every time I loaded the application, it would crash before starting. Deleting and reinstalling the app didn't fix the problem. Microsoft lists some external causes for crashes in this FAQ entry, but none fixed my problme.

I finally found that the solution was simply to delete my preferences file. It's located in your user's Library -> Preferences folder, and named Windows Media Player Prefs.

[robg adds: Deleting an application's prefs is one of the first things to try in the troubleshooting world. Personally, though, I move them out of the folder first -- if that doesn't fix the problem, at least you haven't lost all your settings for no good reason.]
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WMP for Mac is Garbage
Authored by: bedouin on Jul 18, '05 06:45:53PM

Check [url=http://www.flip4mac.com/wmv.htm]this[/url] out. It even plays imbedded WMV and WMA files, along with WMA 'voice quality' files that Microsoft's own player even won't.



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A simple fix for Windows Media Player 'skin' crashes
Authored by: digiglyphics on Jul 19, '05 09:40:12AM

I actually had this same problem with WMP, but trashing preferences did not stop the behavior. I still can't change skins with out the app going into perpetual crash mode. All that deleting the preferences does (for me anyway) is put it back to the default skin that doesn't crash. This app is only a necessary evil as some folks refuse to let it die! I'm still looking for a reason to save video in .wmv format or audio in .wma. Fortunately the later can be converted for free.

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A simple fix for Windows Media Player 'skin' crashes
Authored by: foxforce5ive on Aug 07, '06 06:40:07PM

This is what worked for me. I had 2 pref files, 1 "saved.pref" & 1 ".pref". Deleted both, restarted, then got to change skin to "modern" again....finally! I only use WMP to play the crazy email att. that my friends send me, so dont have many settings to worry about. Thanks for the tip guys.....RESPECT!



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A simple fix for Windows Media Player 'skin' crashes
Authored by: foxforce5ive on Aug 13, '06 06:15:27PM

Sorry! forget about what I just said. Delete WMP from your system and just get "flip4mac" instead (plugin4quicktime)



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