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: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.41

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What works

Installing with winetricks (glitchy, but succeeds).

Playing wma, wav, mp3 files.

Playing wmv files.

Playing xvid avi and mkv files (need to install xvid separately).

Apps that depend on the WMP9 engine/codecs to play audio files (tested with Powerpoint 2007 and Overdrive Media Console). ­

What does not

When "Battery" visualization is selected (the default), the window is not refreshed after selecting menu items, so the menu remains visible. (bug 10202).

WMP security update.


Playing DRM-protected files.


What was not tested

Anything not mentioned.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

This test is based on Wine 1.1.39 built from git, not the openSUSE packages. openSUSE intentionally cripples its Wine packages to disable mp3 support; this affects WMP and any app that relies on it for mp3 playback (including Powerpoint). A workaround for openSUSE users who do not know how or want to build Wine themselves is to create in the wineprefix's /windows/system32 directory a symlink named winemp3.acm pointing to l3codeca.acm (installed by WMP9).

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
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 
CurrentopenSUSE 11.1Feb 26 20101.1.39Yes Yes SilverRosanne 
ShowUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 15 20091.1.14Yes Yes BronzeWeston 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
3548 .lnk file is created on the desktop together with the program icon... NEW 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.