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« on: November 25, 2013, 02:01:50 PM »

Every time I try to play any video file (WMV, AVI, MP4, etc.) through WMP, I get a "Server Execution Failed" message.  I've had this happen a couple times in the past, but it always fixed itself after a couple restarts.  Not so much this time around.  I've tried pretty much every solution that Google has provided (including this one direct from MS), but nothing seems to fix it.

Since I do quite a bit of video editing as a side gig, this is obviously becoming a rather significant problem.  Can anyone recommend an decent alternative program to WMP that I can use to view video files until I can get this issue figured out?
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2013, 02:18:35 PM »

I use VLC as my default media player
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2013, 01:48:04 AM »

VLC is the stuff
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« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2013, 01:58:03 AM »

Yup. VLC.
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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2013, 02:00:49 AM »

Bah. VLC trash! CCCP ftmfw!

(actually VLC is pretty good these days, but I've been using CCCP forever, and in spite of the text on the home page, it does NOT install a ton of codecs to get the job done)

no muss, no fuss.

http://www.cccp-project.net/

Originally built because of all the different containers and codecs in use from the anime fansub community.... mission successful.

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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2013, 08:46:09 AM »

Quote from: TheAtomicKid on November 26, 2013, 02:00:49 AM

Originally built because of all the different containers and codecs in use from the anime fansub community.... mission successful.

ok, you got my attention. going to try this out.

EDIT: oh hey, it's using Media Player Classic, which was my second-place Windows suggestion (after VLC).


side note: the only thing i use default Windows Media Player for these days is for HDCD playback on compatible CDs. looking just now, i see there's a HDCD decoder plugin for foobar2k, so i guess i don't need WMP anymore!
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