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Media player wont play files with spaces

By sbasu ·
I have Media player 9, all latest to WinXP Pro, and whenever I try to play a media file with a space in the name Media Player opens with the error that it does not recognise the file type.

Example: I go into a folder and double click on "song 1 artist 2.mp3" and media player tries to start playing "song". It then offers to go online and get the proper codec.

If however I open media player and browse to the same file it will play it without a problem.

This same behavior occurs if the file is passed to media player by another program (Agent, Eudora, etc.)

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by Black Panther In reply to Media player wont play fi ...

What is the exact message WMP comes up with when it wants to go online for the codec???

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by Black Panther In reply to

What happens if you go into Windows Explorer and instead of "double-clicking" the file you right click and select "open with" then choose Windows Media Player.

It sound to me like the file has been associated with another Media Playing program by default?

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by Black Panther In reply to

I always use the "practice" of opening up the Player first then choosing the file.

ie I have files "associated" with WMP and Winamp.

If I "double-click" a Winamp file that has been associated Winamp will open not WMP.

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by sbasu In reply to Media player wont play fi ...

The exact message is:
"The selected file has an extension that is not recognized by Windows Media Player, but the Player may still be able to play it. Because the extension is unknown by by the Player, you should be sure that the file comes from a trustworthy source.

Do you want the Player to try to play the file?"


If I click yes the next dialog box comes up saying:
"Windows Media Player cannot find the specified file. Be sure the path is typed correctly. If it is, the file does not exist at the specified location, or the computer where the file is stored is offline"

Closing this dialog box results in Media player simply displaying the word "Documents" and doing nothing.

The file I'm trying to play is located in "C:\Documents and Settings\Sham\My Documents\Music\"

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