Windows Media Player

The version that comes with Windows Me and Windows 2000. Also downloadable via web.

Application Details:

Version: 7.x
License: Free to use
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.0-rc4

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

Playback of some audio files, video files (with additional codecs), and streams.

What does not

Volume control, seek bar, Media Library, and media search tool do not work.

Player hangs or aborts if a CD is loaded.

Many of the web-based interfaces and links don't work due to the target pages being removed from the server.

Many file formats will not play in spite of GStreamer support.

Desktop menu entry created by installer does not work.  Working directory path needs to be set.


Native version of wmplayer.exe is required else the player does not start.
Native version of wmvcore.dll is required else the player will error when attempting to open any file or URL.

What was not tested

CD authoring.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

Installing "allcodecs" with winetricks can improve support of some file formats.

Xubuntu  17.04 x86, Intel Pentium D 3.46GHz, GeForce 8600 GT with Nvidia 340.102 driver.
wine-devel 3.0~rc4~zesty from

wine-staging 2.21.0~zesty from

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 17.04 "Zesty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 05 20183.0-rc4Yes Yes YesBronzeJeff D. Hanson 
ShowUbuntu 17.04 "Zesty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 03 20183.0-rc4No Not installable NoGarbageJeff D. Hanson 
ShowGentoo LinuxOct 28 20070.9.48.Yes Yes GarbageAlexander Nicolaysen Sørnes 
ShowGentoo LinuxMar 17 20060.9.10.Yes Yes SilverAlexander Nicolaysen Sørnes 
ShowGentoo LinuxFeb 20 20060.9.8.Yes No GarbageAlexander Nicolaysen Sørnes 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
44266 Seek bar does not respond correctly to adjustment in Windows Media Player 6.4 NEW View
44268 Volume control non-functional in Windows Media Player 6.4 NEW View
44274 Windows Media Configuration Utility (part of WMA 8.x, WMP 7.x) crashes on unimplemented function 'sfc.dll.8' when trying to add '' to system catalogs with WinVer set to 'Windows ME' NEW View
44281 Windows Media Player 7.1 installer EULA scrolled down completely NEW View
44282 Windows Media Player 7.1 installer component selection listbox erratic NEW View
44301 Stack overflow in Windows Media Player 7.1 when CD inserted UNCONFIRMED View
44302 Windows Media Player 7.1 media library is not functional UNCONFIRMED View
44303 Windows Media Player 7.1 media search tool does not function UNCONFIRMED View
44304 Windows Media Player 7.1 desktop menu entry does not work UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

Installation notes

Sort-of working.

Set Windows version to Win98 using winecfg.  The installer will abort if set to WinMe and will not install anything if set to a newer version.

Execute the installer.  Afterwards the Wine version of the following files need to be replaced from those in the installer.  Wine blocks the overwrites during installation so they have to be extracted from the install package and copied manually.  Most any archive manager can extract the files if cabextract is installed.

…/Program Files/Windows Media Player/wmplayer.exe

A library override needs to be set with winecfg for wmvcore.dll (native).

If the desktop menu entry (*.desktop) created by Wine does not work or loads the old 6.4 player, it can be started from a terminal:

WINEPREFIX=/home/… wine start.exe /d '/home/…/drive_c/Program Files/Windows Media Player' /unix '/home/…/drive_c/Program Files/Windows Media Player/wmplayer.exe'

It can play some audio files and streams.  Installing "allcodecs" with winetricks can help but ie6 may be needed to work around bugs with the former.

winetricks -q ie6 allcodecs


MD5: 0e29fb540557a22f3e2ef651636d349f

SHA1: c9c863ecbbae042bcd65dc974ed9b1f9a035e9ca