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Change default Windows Media Player 32-bit to 64-bit?

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    Windows 8 Core x64

    Change default Windows Media Player 32-bit to 64-bit?


    ​​Hi, I recently bought a notebook with Windows 8 core pre-installed. The system type is 64-bit OS, and x-64 bit processor. How can I set the Windows Media Player to default 64-bit? It's currently running at 32-bit as shown by the Task Manager.


    Please someone help!
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    See picture for a way-
    Of course you have to have the 64 bit player installed.
    Use Google to locate a download for it.--

    https://www.google.com/#hl=en&tbo=d&...w=1366&bih=617
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8 Core x64


    Quote Originally Posted by medab1 View Post
    See picture for a way-
    Of course you have to have the 64 bit player installed.
    Use Google to locate a download for it.--

    https://www.google.com/#hl=en&tbo=d&...w=1366&bih=617
    I think for a 64-bit OS it should be there by default?
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    [QUOTE=ThePerryholic;192414]
    Quote Originally Posted by medab1 View Post
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    Of course you have to have the 64 bit player installed.


    I think for a 64-bit OS it should be there by default?
    I have a 64 bit computer & 32 bit media player that came with win 8 pro.--
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    Windows 8 Core x64


    You're right! I think I did it, it doesn't show 32-bit notification now. What do you think?

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerryholic View Post
    You're right! I think I did it, it doesn't show 32-bit notification now. What do you think?
    Did you install the 64 bit version ?
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    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 Core x64


    Quote Originally Posted by medab1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerryholic View Post
    You're right! I think I did it, it doesn't show 32-bit notification now. What do you think?
    Did you install the 64 bit version ?

    Nah, just a few tweaks here: Making Windows Media Player 64 bit default - Microsoft Community
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerryholic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by medab1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerryholic View Post
    You're right! I think I did it, it doesn't show 32-bit notification now. What do you think?
    Did you install the 64 bit version ?

    Nah, just a few tweaks here: Making Windows Media Player 64 bit default - Microsoft Community
    Glad you got it to work.
    I learned something new today.
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    Windows 8 Core x64


    Quote Originally Posted by medab1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ThePerryholic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by medab1 View Post

    Did you install the 64 bit version ?

    Nah, just a few tweaks here: Making Windows Media Player 64 bit default - Microsoft Community
    Glad you got it to work.
    I learned something new today.


    I still want that confirmed. Anyone?
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  10. #10


    Redmond
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    If it's 32bit, you'll see the indication, and if it's a 64bit process, you don't. The reason 32bit processes are still the default is for add-on compatibility - similar to IE, backwards compatibility with WMP add-ons (and other software that may host or otherwise use WMP) means having both, and defaulting to the "older" 32bit app. If you explicitly set the 64bit app as the default, you could be potentially breaking interop, although you'd probably know if you had apps that didn't work relatively soon afterwards. Also, I'm not sure there's a real advantage (yet) either performance-wise or app-wise for using a 64bit WMP process over the 32bit one, but if you want to do it I suppose it's not difficult to accomplish .
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