(Solved) Windows Media Player wont play some tracks

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ecarter

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Windows Media Player 9
Hi everybody. I have been messing around with the settings in WMP and now when I pick tracks from All Music in the "Now Playing" mode some of the tracks turn red and will not play. About 50% of the tracks are affected. Can anyone tell me how to put this right? Thanx Ted.
 
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ecarter,

I too had the same problem - it was the Beta Version of WMP9. In my case it was because WMP kept trying to access the internet and I blocked it with my Firewall. Sure enough each time the tracklist turned red and refused to play. It happened every time. Are you using the Beta or the Final Release ?

I believe its a consequence of the new Digital Rights Management project that MS conceived to try and stem use of pirated music.

Each WMP has a 'Unique Identifier Number' - Uncle Bill needs it to 'help maximize your internet experience'. :-(

While waiting for more replies you might care to check out this site as there are steps on troubleshooting / tweaking WMP.

http://www.nwlink.com/~zachd/pss/pss.html#assoc

See menu on left - particularly 'DRM'.

Not sure this is the cause of your problem so of course keep posting back.
 

ecarter

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Solved!! Thank You RSM123 for your reply. I tried the link you gave me but the info I needed was not there [I have added the site to my favourites for future reference] I solved the prob by going to Media Library/File/Add to Media Library/By searching computer/Search on all drives. This added all the files to my playlist/library but also added a stack of Windows sounds which I had to delete one at a time. At least I am back to normal. Once again thank you for your reply. Ted.
 
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