Windows Media Player: How to Install the Media Info Exporter Plugin

Can't install the Media Info Exporter addon for WMP?

Installing the Media Info Exporter
Installing the Media Info Exporter. Image © Mark Harris - Licensed to, Inc.

The Media Info Exporter Plug-in

This plug-in which comes with Microsoft's Winter Fun Pack 2003 enables you to save a printable list of all the music in your Windows Media Player library. However, many users have had issues trying to install this tool on versions of Windows after XP.

The most common problem seen is error 1303 which is a permissions issue in Windows. Even if you have administrator privileges while installing, you may still encounter this error code. It's due to just one problematic folder.

Fixing Error Code 1303

When Windows displayed the above error during our tests, the offending folder was C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\Icons. If this is different for you then simply note down the directory path.

  1. Using Windows Explorer, right-click on the last folder in the directory path (Icons in our case) and then choose Properties from the menu.
  2. Click the Security menu tab.
  3. Click on the Advanced button.
  4. Click the Owner menu tab.
  5. If the folder is owned by the TrustedInstaller group then you'll need to change this to the Administrators group. If this is the case then click the Edit button.
  6. Click the Administrators group in the list and also enable the check box next to Replace owner on sub-containers and objects.
  7. Click OK > OK > OK > OK.
  8. Right-click the same folder again (as in step 1) and choose Properties.
  9. Click Security.
  10. Click the Edit button.
  11. Click the Administrators group.
  12. In the permissions list, enable the check box for Allow / Full Control and then click OK.
  13. Click OK again to save.

You should now be able to install the plug-in (providing you have administrative privileges). See the tips section at the end of this article to see how if you're not sure.

Installing The Media Info Exporter Plug-in

  1. If you haven't already got this plug-in, then go to Microsoft's Winter Fun Pack 2003 web page and click the download button.
  2. Ensure Windows Media Player isn't running and install the plug-in by running the .msi package file.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Choose the radio button next to I accept the license agreement and click Next.
  5. Click Next > Finish.


If you haven't got administrative privileges and need to install the plug-in, then you can temporarily raise your security level by doing the following:

  1. Tap the Windows key on your keyboard or click the Start button.
  2. In the search box, type cmd.
  3. In the list of results, Right-click cmd and choose Run as Administrator. This will run the command prompt window in administrator mode.
  4. Drag and drop the installation package you downloaded (WinterPlayPack.msi) into the command prompt window.
  5. Hit the Enter key to run the installer.