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Alternative to Windows Media Player

  1. #1

    Alternative to Windows Media Player

    Hi everyone~ I couuld use some insight. On my new laptop I noticed though its not on the start screen it has Windows Media Player. Never been a big fan though I used it on my last laptop with Vista. After the 8.1 update Media Player is real buggy and stops working.

    When I went to Microsoft looking for some info, it stated that Windows Media Player is not compatible with 8.1 (x64). It will still play music, but I am looking for an alternative.

    Any opinions on a media ( audio) player would be greatly appreciated!

    Also, I am wondering if I should uninstall it so it does not cause problems with other programs?

    Thanks again

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  2. #2

    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7

    VLC is very popular. But I am sure other members have additional alternatives.

    VideoLAN - Download official VLC media player for Windows
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  3. #3

    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2

    If you are talking about the metro interface. WMP should play in either one. If you are getting the error regarding WMP, something happened during the upgrade process to 8.1.
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  4. #4

    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

    I like MPC-HC myself. Plays DVDs and all videos I've tried including dvr-ms which my broadcast TV recording software uses.
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  5. #5

    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT

    I use XMBC. Check it out:

    XBMC | Open Source Home Theatre Software

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  6. #6

    Posts : 187
    Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center x64

    WMP is too compatible with 8.1 x64. It work's fine on my 8.1 Pro w/MC x64 desktop and 8.1 x64 laptop. You probably need some driver and software updates. As for an alternative, use VLC media player. VLC can also play dvd's. WMP doesn't come with the dvd codec anymore and you need a 3rd party dvd codec for WMP to play them.
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    Thank you all for the ideas. I did a refersh and update of WMP and now it is working well. Does VLC or the others mentioned have the same features of searching and providing Album, Artist and cover art for music tracks? As far as codec is the k-lite codec pack the best choice?

    Much appreciation for the tips!!
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  8. #8

    My favorite : PotPlayer - Download using it as replacement for KM Player I used previously, no need for extra codecs ether.
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  9. #9

    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Aldrich View Post
    As far as codec is the k-lite codec pack the best choice?
    With VLC or MPC-HC you also do not need to install any codecs. I have not installed any for years.
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  10. #10

    Posts : 107
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    for Music, I use WMP

    For videos, I use MPC-BE + madVR + LAV + Smooth Video Project

    nothing beats that combo in terms of quality and smoothness of videos played @ 60 FPS
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