Windows Media Player

This player comes in two versions, one for Windows XP and one for Windows 98SE - 2000.

Application Details:

Version: 9.0
License: Free to use
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.22

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What works

Installs, even though it claims to fail at the end. It includes wmvcore.dll, which is the Windows Media API needed by many programs, and that seems to work reasonably well. Programs can play and create Windows Media files, although output audio seems to have problems.

What does not

The player app freaks out when launched, making it unusable unless you have other software that uses the Windows Media API. The installer reported an error at the end of installation, but completed anyway. There is no uninstaller option.


What was not tested

Couldn't test the player app, because the window freaks out immediately upon opening.

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Additional Comments

Tested with the older, non-XP version of Windows Media Player 9

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 10.x "Buster" x86_64Jan 06 20226.22No, but has workaround Yes YesBronzeJoe 
ShowopenSUSE 13.1 x86_64Apr 18 20151.7.41Yes Yes GarbageRosanne 
ShowFedora 17Jun 19 20121.5.3No, but has workaround Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowopenSUSE 11.4 x86_64Apr 20 20121.5.2Yes Yes GarbageRosanne 
ShowopenSUSE 11.1Feb 26 20101.1.39Yes Yes SilverRosanne 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
1886 windows media player 9 setup fails while registering Portable Media Serial Number Service CLOSED FIXED View
3270 Problem with minimized top-level windows CLOSED FIXED View
3548 .lnk file is created on the desktop together with the program icon... NEW View
4684 WMP9 Media Library is not displayed CLOSED FIXED View
4868 sliders in WMP9 are not drawn properly CLOSED FIXED View
5980 WMP9 can't play files with builtin mlang CLOSED FIXED View
7452 JScript not functioning CLOSED FIXED View
10201 Playback progress not working in WMP 9 CLOSED FIXED View
10202 Battery visualization not working in WMP9 CLOSED FIXED View
10205 Windows Media Player's Online Media Guide does not work CLOSED ABANDONED View
10303 Unable to play Windows Media files CLOSED FIXED View
11805 WMP stops playback after few seconds CLOSED FIXED View
12965 Weird border in MSN Messenger when hiding tittle bar CLOSED FIXED View
14783 Cannot closed WMP 9 after minimizing. CLOSED FIXED View
16485 WMP is unable to play mpeg/mpg files, affects Powerpoint 2007's presentation capabilities CLOSED FIXED View
18202 Programs show unhandled exception dialog on every run CLOSED FIXED View
19439 Windows Media Player 9 displays a distorted user interface CLOSED FIXED View
25091 wmp9 crashes when trying to play video CLOSED ABANDONED View
26769 Unable to play mms in Windows Media Player [9|10] with builtin wininet CLOSED FIXED View
30461 Windows Media Player does not render video CLOSED FIXED View
38421 Windows Media Player 9 & 10: mp3 sound plays too fast CLOSED FIXED View

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HowTo / Notes


(Updated 2015-04-18)

The easiest way to install WMP9 is with 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.