How do I reinstall Windows Media Player 11 for Vista?

I deleted Windows Media Player 11 by mistake. Even when the Player opens, it is not possible to stream a live video. I tried to reinstall it by downloading from Microsoft, but it is not possible. Is there any other way to reinstall Windows Media Player 11 for Windows Vista? Any help will be appreciated.



Did you recently install another player?

Right Click Taskbar - Task Manager - Processes and see if WMPlayer.exe is already running hidden.
If so end process on it.


Do these to clear corruption and repair/replace damaged/missing system files.

Run DiskCleanup - Start - All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disk Cleanup

Start - type in Search box -  COMMAND   find at top of list -  RIGHT CLICK  -  RUN AS ADMIN

sfc /scannow

How to analyze the log file entries that the Microsoft Windows Resource Checker (SFC.exe) program
generates in Windows Vista cbs.log

Then run checkdisk - schedule it to run at next start and then Apply OK your way out then restart.

How to Run Check Disk at Startup in Vista


Have you recently added Window Blinds or ANY Stardock application?

Are you using 64 bit Vista?

Can you think of the last things you did in WMP which may have been the cause? Have you added
another player recently or an addon for WMP?

When I try to use Windows Media Player 11, the program does not start, or some UI elements
are blank - a Mr Fixit

Fixit - Windows Media Player and others

Maybe something here
and here

Check the WMP11 info here

Do this to reregister the Jscript.dll and Vbscript.dll files.

Start - type in Search box -  COMMAND   find at top of list -  RIGHT CLICK  -  RUN AS ADMIN

type in or copy and paste ->    regsvr32 jscript.dll     
Hit enter

type in or copy and paste ->    regsvr32 vbscript.dll
Hit Enter

Reboot and hopefully it will run now.

Support for Windows Media Player technical problems

Troubleshoot problems in Windows Media Player


Did you recently install another player?

Reset your associations :

How to Set Default Associations For a Program in Vista

How to Associate a File Extension Type With a Program in Vista

Hope this helps.

Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP <- profile - Windows Expert - Consumer : Bicycle <- Mark Twain said it right.

Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current
Windows and Devices for IT 2009 - 2020

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Last updated November 1, 2019 Views 680 Applies to: