Windows Media Player takes a long time to open and to perform a search

WMP 12 Slow initialisation, search and categorizing.

Im running W7 Ultimate 64.
      When i launch WMP12 it takes a lot longer to initialize than WMP11 did on vista, approx. 2 minutes before i can even start selecting music.
      If i perform a search it also takes a similar amount of time and locks up (graying out, timer cursor). Once i have a bunch of songs loaded on the screen, say a playlist with 200 songs and then click a tab like rating it takes 30 seconds to relist them by category during this time it locks up again.
       I have about 40,000 songs in my library. I have rebuilt the library and have the database now resided on a second drive which hasn't made any difference. 
     
    1)  Is anyone else having similar problems and found a solution?
    2)  Is it possible to replace it with WMP11 which worked perfectly and was far more intuitive?
    3)  Can anyone recomend a replacement media player that has fast database access and gapless playback?

       Cheer -Robb

 

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Last updated July 15, 2019 Views 20,509 Applies to:
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Hi terrahertz,

Thank you for visiting the Microsoft Windows 7 Community site.

There could be many reasons why the Windows Media Player is initializing slowly.
May be you are running many programs simultaneously.

Let's perform a clean boot to find if any software is causing aconflict.

Method 1: Clean Boot Troubleshooting: 
1. Click Start, type msconfig in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
   User Account Control permission.
   If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the
   password, Or click Continue.
2. On the General tab, click Selective Startup.
3. Under Selective Startup, click to clear the Load Startup items check box.
4. Click the Services tab, click to select the Hide All Microsoft Services check box, and then click Disable All.
5. Click OK.
6. When you are prompted, click Restart.
7. After the computer starts, check whether the problem is resolved.
 
If the issue is resolved check which third party is causing the problem, referring the link given below:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135
 
8. Also you need to uninstall and reinstall the problem software on your computer.
Reset the computer to start as usual
 
9. After you have finished troubleshooting, follow these steps to reset the computer to start as usual:
Click Start, type msconfig.exe in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
 
10. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type your password, or click Continue. On the General tab, click the Normal Startup option, and then click OK.
 
11. When you are prompted to restart the computer, click Restart.


You can also try uninstalling and reinstalling the media player.

Method 2 : Uninstalling and Reinstalling the Windows Media Player:
Step 1.
Uninstalling the Windows Media Player:
1. Go to Start and in the search type "Turn Windows features On or Off".
2. Click on "Turn Windows features On or Off".
2. Browse to the Media Features and uncheck the mark in front of Windows Media Player.
4. Restart the computer
 
Step 2.
Reinstalling the Windows Media Player:
1. Go to Start and in the search type "Turn Windows features On or Off".
2. Click on "Turn Windows features On or Off".
3. Browse to the Media Features and place a check mark in front of Windows Media Player.
4. Restart the Computer.


Hope it helps. 

Thanks and Regards:
Shekhar S - Microsoft Support.

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