Troubleshooting Tips For Windows Media Player

A list of tutorials on fixing issues with Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player is a popular software program for organizing and playing your digital music. In fact, it's a good all-rounder for playing other media too such as videos, movies, audiobooks and CD / DVD discs.

Most of the time Microsoft's software media player will function without a hiccup, but as with any application, there are times when errors can occur. This can range from a minor problem like missing album art to a more serious issue such as a corrupt media library or the program failing to run at all.

To help you solve common issues that typically arise with Windows Media Player, here is a list of tutorials that show you step-by-step how to quickly get back on track.

1
How to Fix a Corrupt Windows Media Player Library

Corrupt music
Corrupt music. Source: Pixabay

This quick-fix shows you how to easily resolve a corrupt WMP library. If you have problems adding, deleting, or even viewing your digital music library then it could be a corrupt Windows Media Player database.

Luckily this isn't usually as bad as it sounds. It can be re-built in seconds following the steps in this tutorial.

2
How to Cure Video Problems While Streaming Video

Windows Media Player Options Menu
Options screen in Windows Media Player. Image © Mark Harris - Licensed to About.com, Inc.

If you like to use Windows Media Player to watch streaming video, but are frustrated by interrupted playback, then all you might need to do is tweak a few settings.

This hints and tips guide will give you some good pointers on improving WMP's performance to cure streaming video that suffers from slow or constant video buffering, choppy playback, and other annoying symptoms.

3
Windows Media Player Freezes in Full Screen Mode

Video playback problems
Fixing media playback issues. Image © Westend61 / Getty Images

Switching WMP to full screen mode can sometimes cause the program to freeze. This is usually caused bu an incompatibility between your graphics card and this video mode.

However, with the aid of this guide, we'll also show you how to use a registry hack to fix this problem in a flash!

4
Fixing Stubborn Problems in Windows Media Player 12 by Reinstalling

Re-installing Windows Media Player 12
Using the Windows Features option to re-install WMP 12. Image © Mark Harris - Licensed to About.com, Inc.

There can be times when you'll need to reinstall Windows Media Player 12 to solve a problem that can't be fixed any other way.

But where's the uninstall option?

You won't find this option in the usual place where all the other programs you've installed can easily be removed. This is because it comes as part of Windows so there's another route you'll need to take in order to uninstall it.

But, it's easy to do when you know where to look. So, follow this tutorial to see how to reinstall a fresh copy of WMP 12 the easy way.

5
How to Add Missing Album Art (WMP 11)

Album art
Digital music album art. Source: Pixabay

Normally Windows Media Player automatically downloads album art from the Internet, but this can sometimes fail leading to a blank album cover!

Rather than suffering from an incomplete library, you can manually add album art in a number of ways. Find out by reading this guide how to re-populate the images connected to your albums so they can be more easily identified at-a-glance.

6
How to Resolve CD Ripping Error C00D10D2 (WMP 11)

Error message
Error messages in software. Source: Pixabay

Ripping CDs using WMP 11 is on the whole a trouble-free way of converting your audio CDs to digital music. However, if you find that you can no longer extract the audio from your discs and see error code C00D10D2, then follow this tutorial to get back up and ripping in no time.