80040154 and more to Chris Lanier [MVP]

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by winchester169, Sep 23, 2004.

  1. Dear sir,

    You appear an unknowledgable moron. Questions are posted and you give a
    "pat" answer, probably something off the Microsoft general knowledgebase that
    the operators use when answering phone quesitons. None of your answers to
    this error message or other actually work. This is evident by all the repeat
    posts by the original poster and others stressing that the solution did not

    If you do not have an actual working answer please do not post it.

    If your answer is one that works part of the time please state as such.

    If you answer does NOT work for a particular person please do NOT repost the
    same solution. We are not morons. We attempt your "solution" and if it
    fails to work trying it a second time isnt giong to change the outcome.

    Now, to fix this problem it might be better served to totally remove Media
    Player from your system and reinstall it. System restore however does not
    work as Media Player later versions (what? 8 and above?) embed themselves
    into the OS (especially if you are using XP) and a restore doesnt remove it.
    And especially when you have to turn off system restore to clean virii from
    the files (why would Microsoft block any and all access to these files is
    beyond me. if *I* can't change them then don't allow any program to see them
    either??? whatta concept) So how does on totally remove Media Player from
    thier system, remove all files, all registry entries, replace all embedded
    applications with original? Or am I forever stuck with a bunk media player?

    Thanks for your time.
    winchester169, Sep 23, 2004
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  2. winchester169

    zachd [ms] Guest

    A: You're wrong. Chris made positive contributions to the WMP development
    process that I and others appreciate, for starters.

    B: He's helping you out in his spare time, same as me. If you can't
    understand that and want magic from him, you'd need to contact your local
    computer shop or actual product support-
    , since making demands and insulting people trying to help you doesn't
    induce them to help you very often.

    C: This error cannot be fixed by removing and reinstalling WMP. First off,
    I wrote the installer, and a "clean reinstall" is inferior to a reinstall on
    top of an existing install of WMP. When you do the reinstall-on-top, WMP
    setup enters a special reinstall all mode, which is the troubleshooting
    feature that you're asking for. Second off, if that doesn't work, it's
    because WMP is just one piece in the overall media playback system on your
    computer. So magic incantations to WMP, yelling at it, deleting at it,
    whatever, they aren't going to fix 3rd party driver errors, DirectX errors,
    et cetera. You need to take a holistic view of the situation, sorry.

    And be nice. =\

    (speaking for myself and doing this in my free time)
    See http://www.zachd.com/pss/pss.html for some helpful WMP info.
    Following up to your post with the resolution is good netiquette.
    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Now Playing: "Jimmy's Theme" by "Mario Caldato, Jr." in Windows Media
    zachd [ms], Sep 23, 2004
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  3. Right.

    1. You might want to look at what MS offers before making comments that
    then make you appear really stupid.
    2. None of them work? Okay, whatever. These are 99.995 problems with
    third parties software. If it doesn't work ask them.
    3. People around here want the 'quick' answer. Not possible when they
    don't included any context about their issue. You appear to be a smart guy,
    how would you go about answering them? Remembering people don't like to be
    asked 100 questions, knowing that half of them have no idea what a codec is,
    and the other half will not read anything you type anyway.
    1. From the number of hits these pages get they are helping people, thus
    giving them answers. I'm sure a smart person like yourself is not sure how
    that works through.
    1. As Zach stated uninstalling it does nothing. I'm sure you are smart
    enough to have coded the installer/uninstallers and know exactly how they
    work, wait no.
    2. WMP has always been a part of the OS.
    3. If you get any virus' that proves you not being the smartest monkey in
    the barrel.
    4. Removing WMP is easy. Boot from a DOS floppy, fdisk, format, done. Or
    you could be smart and just use a different media player if you don't like

    Thanks for your time, but next time learn a bit more before you post.
    Trying to make me look bad is cool, but I'm sure you didn't want to turn
    around and make yourself look like a fool, as you have just done. Knowing
    nothing about the subject at hand will do that.
    Chris Lanier [MVP], Sep 23, 2004
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