Followed howto but without the msxml libraries. WMP installed (but said it failed) and runs. It can play mp3 files.
What does not
Couldn't play audio CDs, import folders into the music library, or do just about anything except play a single mp3 file. Even the mp3 audio was glitchy.
What was not tested
Formats other than mp3.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||openSUSE 13.1 x86_64||Apr 18 2015||1.7.41||Yes||Yes||Garbage||Rosanne|
|Show||Fedora 17||Jun 19 2012||1.5.3||No, but has workaround||Yes||Bronze||an anonymous user|
|Show||openSUSE 11.4 x86_64||Apr 20 2012||1.5.2||Yes||Yes||Garbage||Rosanne|
|Show||openSUSE 11.1||Feb 26 2010||1.1.39||Yes||Yes||Silver||Rosanne|
|Show||Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Feb 15 2009||1.1.14||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Weston|
The easiest way to install WMP9 is with winetricks. http://wiki.winehq.org/winetricks
For mp3 playback to work, you must have 32 bit libmpg123 installed on your system and Wine must have been compiled with mp3 support. Not all distro packages have this. The workaround for lack of mp3 support in a distro package is to use the codec installed by WMP9 itself, l3codeca.acm. To do this, after installing WMP9 with winetricks, create a symlink named winemp3.acm in the wineprefix's /windows/system32 directory, with l3codeca.acm as the target.
Video playback does not work.