Unfortunately I'm not running windows XP Pro (SP2) with a valid wndows key. I've known this for some time. What happened was, when I took my PC in for a hardware upgrade a long time ago, I told the tech I also wanted to upgrade to WinXP...he thought he'd do me favour and install it using an already-in-use key, and save me the cost of the OS.
Several months ago, after running an automatic update, I started getting the "this copy of windows is not valid - you may be a victim of blah blah blah", so I did a little research and dug up a WGA removal utility which has worked wonders for me (aside from not being able to download wndows updates).
Well, I fired up WMP this morning, and thought I'd try the update to ver. 11 or whatever it is. I didn't think it would check the wndows key just to upgrade media player, but obviously I should have known better. So now everytime I try to launch WMP it tells me I'm running a pirated version of windows and the program will not load. Unfortunately my system restore has not been working for some time (generates the error: "system restore has encountered an error and needs to close" when I try to launch it), so I'm wondering if theres any other way to get WMP back without shelling out $$ for a legit copy of XP.
It's not a huge deal as I only use it for watching videos, but would be nice if there was an easy way to get it back....otherwise, I guess its on to Media Player classic...
Realplayer I had tried earlier and just didn't like the way it operated
VLC Player is great...I had actually installed it some time ago but completely forgot I had it. I'd always used WMP coz the interface was nice and I was too lazy to change the file associations. Looks like both MPC and VLC can play everything I throw at them and probably eat up way less resources too...so it's really just a matter of getting used to them.
Sorry guys, this thread wasn't really needed after all...though I appreciate the help!
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