WMP11 won't run unless "as administrator"

  Shirish-178693 12:09 16 Jul 07

I'm running Vista on a Sony XL-301, and had been very happy for the last couple of months.

Now though, Windows Media Player won't open, unless I "run as administrator". Even when it opens, it won't play video, and although I can open Media Center as normal, that won't play videos either.

I've tried doing a System Restore, but that doesn't work. Any other ideas?

Thanks in advance.

  Stuartli 13:31 16 Jul 07

From My Computer>Explore>C drive>Program Files>highlight Windows Media Player>right click>Properties>Security tab>Enable use as required.

  Stuartli 13:31 16 Jul 07

That's for XP - don't know if it will work with Vista.

  Shirish-178693 15:49 16 Jul 07

Thanks for that, but the security settings are completely different in Vista I'm afraid. All the security stuff seems to be fine, and I'm confused as to why the not playing video issue arose at exactly the same time.

  Stuartli 16:16 16 Jul 07

Try installing the standard K-lite Codecs Pack from:

click here

This covers the needs of virtually all users.

An alternative is:

click here

  Andy1991 10:49 17 Jul 07

turn the account to admin, then run it in there, then go and turn it back to limited again.

  Andy1991 10:51 17 Jul 07


  Shirish-178693 10:55 21 Jul 07

Thanks for those tips..the thing is my account IS an administrator account, so I don't really understand why I have to "run as administrator".

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