Are you getting a “Windows Media Player has stopped working” message while playing audio/video on your Windows PC? Here are some easy hacks that can help you with solving the problem in no time. Windows Media Player Not Responding is not a new or common problem for the users. This problem happens there are many applications running at once.
The problem can be of different types such you are unable to view some album arts or corrupted media library or program not opening. But whatever the problem is, it can be solved within a matter of time. Just follow the instructions correctly.
Resolved: Windows Media Player Not Responding-Step One
Fixing the Corrupted Library
If your media library has not followed the requirements of Windows media player, then the player will crash. If you are seeing the Windows Media Player Not Responding message then you won’t get a clue what is causing the problem. So, try these few hacks to get the job done.
- To fix corrupted Windows media library, press Windows key and Q together
- Select Troubleshooting from the options
- On the left side of the troubleshooting window, you now can select View all
- To perform the troubleshooting, from the next window, click on Windows Media Player Library
- To start up the Troubleshooting Wizard, you require to select Next
- Here the Troubleshooting Wizard will detect the issue which is causing the server error. To fix the corrupt media library, choose to Apply this fix
If this does not solve the problem, check out the next solution.
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Clearing Windows Media Player Database to Fix Windows Media Player Not Responding
Try to clear the database of Windows media player, maybe that can solve the problem. Follow these instructions to fix the error:
- At first, exit the Windows media player
- Click the Start option and select Run
- Type in or paste %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Media Player in the box and click on Ok
- Select every file from the folder then click on the Delete option from the file menu; here you do not have to remove any folders that you see here
- Now restart the Windows media player
- Windows media player can now rebuild the database by itself
If the above process does not help you in fixing the media player, not working problem, kindly follow the next one.
Clear the Windows Media Player Database Cache
Clearing any Windows Media Player Cache from the database can help you with the resolve. Follow these steps:
- Exit Windows media player and follow the next steps
- If you are using Windows 7, click on Start and then Run and type %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft in the box, and then press OK
- Select Media Player folder then click on Delete from the file menu
- Restart the Windows media player
WMP automatically rebuilds the database, but if you want, you can keep a back up of your data or music and videos before following the above steps.
These methods will help you solve the error. But if you are unable to get the desired solution of the Windows Media Player Not Responding problem, please tell us in the comment box below.