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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Test Results

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What works

Nice GUI comes up.  Media Guide looks good. Menus work ok.

What does not

Playing any *.wmv file from hard disk or URL causes WMP to prompt for downloading a codec. A bunch of what looks like unicode garbage characters appear in the URL field as it tries to resolve the address.

Downloading and installing said codec proceeds without error, but the player behavior does not change after the install (still prompts you for the codec), but the way it prompts you changes slightly, indicating that perhaps this prompt for a codec is just trying to cover up the fact that it can't resolve the url (garbage characters in URL field). Right-clicking on the player and choosing properties gives you the actual URL without garbage so it does "know" where to go. It just has a little trouble converting to/from unicode somwehere...

Setting version to 2000 / 98 / XP seems to caue subtle differences in behavior.

Using native ole32. Builtin ole32 also prompts you for codec, only this time the window is blank.

Javascript errors in the Media Guide.


What was not tested

Playing movie trailers from the Media Guide (stack dump)

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Garbage rating for complete lack of usability.

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 
ShowopenSUSE 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.