Windows Vista media player will not start

I spent ages looking for  a fix for this and found many forums and many “fixes” which worked for some and not for others. Something that I installed (or maybe un-installed) managed to mess up some registered dlls, and nothing I tried from all the helpful suggestions fixed it.

Until today (type these in a command prompt):

regsvr32 jscript.dll
regsvr32 vbscript.dll
regsvr32 wmp.dll

And wow, I was amazed when media player actually started! So thanks to HighConcept on The Green Button who offered the suggestion. I use mostly iTunes anyway… but it had become annoying with embedded media and a few other things that I was trying to achieve with it.

3 Comments so far

  1. Robert Capewell on December 2nd, 2008

    Thanks for keeping this issue posted.

    I just completed Media Center updates from Microsoft and the Media Player stopped.

    The Microsoft instructions to correct this issue is missing registering wmp.dll.

    After registering wmp.dll, Media Player now works.

    Thanks again.


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  3. Chris on May 12th, 2009

    I tried that and it did not work for me . When I entered the jscript code I get err 0x80004005

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