"Windows Media Player XP" vs "Windows Media Player 9 for XP"... questions

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by wchang, Aug 30, 2003.

  1. wchang

    wchang Guest

    Recently I installed MS Flight Sim 2004, and it overwrote
    the Windows Media Player XP that came on my system with
    what turned out to be Windows Media Player 9. The two are
    different apparently, besides the appearance difference
    they're called these two different names in the Help-
    but it's nowhere to be found for downloading. On the MS
    site there's "Windows Media Player 9 for XP", but it
    turns out to be the same as what Flight Sim installed for
    me, apparently (which is WMP 9).

    The Win XP installation cd is no help, it's
    incomprehensible and probably has to install the entire
    OS and not just parts. Windows Add/Remove components is
    no help either, it doesn't show WMP.

    Has anyone run across this? Seems minor, but it's a
    nuisance -- thanks...
    wchang, Aug 30, 2003
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  2. wchang

    zachd [ms] Guest

    WMP8 can't be installed as a stand-alone install, only as part of XP. Since
    WMP9 is an update for this (and contains security benefits over WMP8),
    reinstalling XP won't touch WMP9.
    At this point you would need to use System Restore if you wanted to roll
    back to WMP8.



    zachd [ms], Aug 30, 2003
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  3. wchang

    wchang Guest

    Thanks, actually I had no idea the WMP that came with Win
    XP was WMP 8, I had mistakenly thought WMP XP was a
    special version of WMP 9. I'll probably stay with the WMP
    9, then, in that case. Thanks for your help.

    Thanks for the link to your page as well, it's very
    helpful, it's earned a "bookmark" in my favorites. :)
    wchang, Aug 31, 2003
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