Windows Vista media player will not start

I spent ages looking forĀ  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.

Vista – Photos Screen Saver has stopped working

Just had this problem after installing a bunch of new video codecs because an Xvid file was not playing correctly.

For the benefit of those of you who cannot link the problem to a specific event, I was lucky in that that’s all I had done beforehand. Unintalling the previous codec pack, and then installing this Vista specific one has solved my problem.

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