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Windows media player is not working at all.

By SANDIECANE1 ·
Please help. My windows media player has stopped working. I tried to restore checkpoint but I don't have enough disk space. Is there anything else I can try.

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You need a bigger hard drive...

Get a bigger hdd and install this (take out the old drive first). Then load on windows and all of the updates etc etc. Your media player will now work peacefully. If you get IDE drives make sure that the boss drive is set to master and the second drive is set to slave. If SATA drives then now problem, but just take out the old drive first as stated above.
After you load on your Windows software shutdown your computer and add on the other drive, you will be able to access your drive and your apps and files through the "my computer" icon.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
If this information is useful, please mark as helpful. Thanks.

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You don't know if it's a Desktop or a Laptop yet !! ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to You need a bigger hard dr ...

Your advice is shot to pieces if it's a laptop.

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And how would my advice be "shot to pieces"?.

Whether it is a laptop or Tower, the same applies. Except for putting the second hdd into the case, but otherwise the outcome is the same.

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There may well be NO install discs !!...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to And how would my advice b ...

There may well only be a Recovery Partition.

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First, you need to generate space on your hard drive

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Windows media player is n ...

Start > right click on '(C:)' > Properties > click on the 'Disk Cleanup' button. Wait for the list to generate then decide what you can do without in the meantime, then allow the process to remove it from your hard drive.

This operation MAY generate sufficient free space, if not you can download and run CCleaner:

http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/

This program will remove all manner of detritus that has built up on your hard drive over its lifetime.

These two actions will help, but without knowing how little free space your hard drive actually has, I can't tell you how long these processes may take. :)

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Along with the excellent advice above

by Jacky Howe In reply to First, you need to genera ...

Disk Cleanup XP
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Click Start, Run and type CLEANMGR and press Enter <br>
Select the hard disk partition and press OK <br>
At the top of the dialog, click the tab More Options <br>
Under System Restore section, click the button "Clean up..." <br>
Now, all the System Restore points (except the recent one) are cleared and more hard disk space will be free. You shoud try to keep it above 17% free space for windows to function properly.
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Something else to ponder

by Jacky Howe In reply to Windows media player is n ...

You should Backup your files to an external hard disk drive or removable disk drive, such as a CD/DVD.

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To open the Backup or Restore Wizard
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Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Backup.

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For information on how to use this tool: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/maintain/backupfiles.mspx
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Clear Out Unused Programs
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The first step in tuning up your computer's performance is to remove any unnecessary programs.
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Follow these steps to remove unneeded programs:
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1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
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2. Click Add or Remove Programs.
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3. Scroll through the list and examine each program. Windows XP lists how often you use a program and what day you last started it. You shouldn't remove anything labeled as an Update or Hotfix.
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4. Click each program you no longer need, click the Remove button, and then follow the prompts to uninstall it.

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Note: You may have to restart your computer after removing a program. After your computer restarts, repeat the steps above to remove more programs.
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Free Up Wasted Space
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Another way to find wasted disk space is to use the Disk Cleanup tool by following these steps:
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1. Open My Computer, right-click Local Disk, and then click Properties.
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2. On the General tab, click the Disk Cleanup button. Disk Cleanup will spend a few minutes examining your disk.
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3. The Disk Cleanup dialog box will open and you can make your selections.
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4. Select the desired check boxes in the Files to Delete list, and then click OK.
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5. If you have more than one hard disk, repeat this process for each hard disk listed in My Computer.
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You can save yourself some time by automating the disk cleanup process. For more information, read the Microsoft Knowledge Basic article, How to Automate the Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows XP: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315246
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Defragment Your Computer
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1. Open My Computer, right-click Local Disk, and then click Properties.
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2. On the Tools tab, click Defragment Now. The Disk Defragmenter opens.
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3. Click your first hard disk, and then click Defragment.
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4. If you have more than one hard disk, repeat this process for each hard disk listed starting at Step 3.
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Disconnect Unused Network Connections
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The problem with network drives is that Windows XP will attempt to connect to the network drives when Windows starts. If the remote computers don't respond immediately, Windows will wait for the connection.
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To reduce this problem, disconnect any unused drives by following these steps:
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1. Open My Computer.
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2. On the Tools menu, click Disconnect Network Drive.
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3. Select the network drives that you no longer need, and then click OK.
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Remove Autostart Programs
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The next step in restoring your computer's performance is to identify any unnecessary programs that start automatically.
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To start Msconfig.exe:
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1. Click Start, click Run, type Msconfig, and then press Enter.
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2. On the Startup tab, you'll see a list of all the programs and processes that are set to run when Windows XP loads.
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3. Speed up your overall start time by clearing the check box next to any item you think you don't need.
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4. Click Apply, and then restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
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Keep on top of Malware
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Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, install it and update it and scan the PC.
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http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/malwarebytes/mbam-setup.exe
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Download Spybot - Search & Destroy and install it. Update it and run it regularly.
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http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html
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Keep your AntiVirus software up to date.
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