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#471117 - 05/03/18 06:39 PM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Windows 10 - Windows Media Player suddenly won't play WMA files
brydo Offline
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I'm running BIAB 2018 on a Windows 10 machine. Up until recently, I was able to audition RealTracks in the StylePicker. Now I get an error stating that Windows Media Player can't play the underlying .wma files.

I tried shutting down BIAB and playing the files directly from the "\RealTracks\Data\Style Demos Audio" folder. The built-in Windows 10 Groove Music app plays the .wma files just fine. When playing them with Windows Media Player I get a message stating:

"Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The Player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress the file."

This was working up until at least a month ago. I can't think of anything I would have installed or any settings changes that I made that would have affected Windows Media Player (outside of normal Microsoft updates).

Any ideas?

Thanks!

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#471124 - 05/03/18 07:20 PM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Windows 10 - Windows Media Player suddenly won't play WMA files [Re: brydo]
Kent - PG Music Offline
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Hi Brydo,

I'm not sure what would cause this problem, but installing the Media Feature Pack might take care of it. It reinstalls Media Player, and can be run even if Media Player's already installed.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/download/details.aspx?id=48231

Thanks, and good luck!
Kent
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#471168 - 05/04/18 06:27 AM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Windows 10 - Windows Media Player suddenly won't play WMA files [Re: brydo]
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Windows 10 just released a spring creator's update that's been installing for the last week or so now on user's machines. Maybe that update impacted something.
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#471229 - 05/04/18 03:47 PM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Windows 10 - Windows Media Player suddenly won't play WMA files [Re: sslechta]
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I've seen comments on several forums that the Windows 10 Spring 2018 update disables ASIO driver audio in settings so people are having trouble hearing or recording various audio interface inputs. The fix, so far, has been to roll back the update.

I understand the issue I've read about is not the issue described. The anecdotal reports do suggest though that audio is affected by the update.

Strange that a Microsoft app will not run a Microsoft specific file suffix.
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#471247 - 05/04/18 06:34 PM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Windows 10 - Windows Media Player suddenly won't play WMA files [Re: brydo]
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Hey Jim, that's right. My Dell received some kind of Waves Audio Mixer after the update. Never had it or wanted it. Wiped it out.
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#471293 - 05/05/18 02:46 AM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Windows 10 - Windows Media Player suddenly won't play WMA files [Re: Kent - PG Music]
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Good to know Kent. However, when I look at this it says: "The Media Feature Pack for N and KN versions of Windows 10 ". What are the N and KN versions of Win 10 this is referring to?

Sorry, just found the answer. The N and KN versions are versions for Europe and Korea. See this link for info: http://www.itprotoday.com/windows-10/what-are-windows-10-n-and-kn-editions


Thanks

Jeff


Edited by MountainSide (05/05/18 02:49 AM)
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#471312 - 05/05/18 06:08 AM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Windows 10 - Windows Media Player suddenly won't play WMA files [Re: brydo]
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The update installed the Twitter app on my computer, I deleted it immediately.

It also wanted to play mp3 file on that Groove Music thing, so I right clicked the mp3, opened with other program, chose Media Player and checked the always open box.

I have a love/hate affair with computers in general.

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#471946 - 05/08/18 07:00 PM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Windows 10 - Windows Media Player suddenly won't play WMA files [Re: MountainSide]
Kent - PG Music Offline
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Originally Posted By: MountainSide
Good to know Kent. However, when I look at this it says: "The Media Feature Pack for N and KN versions of Windows 10 ". What are the N and KN versions of Win 10 this is referring to?

Sorry, just found the answer. The N and KN versions are versions for Europe and Korea. See this link for info: http://www.itprotoday.com/windows-10/what-are-windows-10-n-and-kn-editions


Hi Jeff,

It's funny, I hadn't even realized they were Korean or European editions, I just knew that they don't include the Media Player components. Even if you don't have one of those editions, this installer still allows you to reinstall those components to fix certain issues. It's come in handy a few times.

Cheers
Kent
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