Monday, October 30, 2006

Windows Media Player 11 released

Microsoft has released Windows Media Player 11 for computers running Windows XP (32 bit and 64 bit versions).

Microsoft states the following about Windows Media Player 11:

Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP offers great new ways to store and enjoy all your digital media. It's easier than ever to access all of your music, videos, pictures, and recorded TV on your computer. Play it, view it, organize it, or sync it to a portable device for enjoying on the go, or share with devices around your home—all from one place.

Items that Microsoft has focused on with this release include the following:

Windows Media Player 11 is designed to work with all versions of Windows XP with Service Pack 2, including Windows XP Home Edition N and Windows XP Professional N. Here is the Readme for Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP and a direct download link for 32 bit and 64 bit versions.

For Media Center 2005 users, there is one item that you need to be aware of.

From the Readme, the following is stated:

Installing the Player on Windows XP Media Center Edition
Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP supports Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with KB900325 (Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005) and KB925766 (the October 2006 Update Rollup); however, it does not support previous releases of Windows XP Media Center Edition.

If you have Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, but have not installed the Update Rollup 2, in the Microsoft Knowledge Base, see article 900325, "Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005." You must download and install it before you can install Windows Media Player 11. The October 2006 Update Rollup is installed with Windows Media Player 11 (provided that your computer is connected to the Internet when the Player is first installed). For more information, in the Microsoft Knowledge Base, see article 925766, "October 2006 Update Rollup for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005."

Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP cannot be installed on computers running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2002 or Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004.

Enjoy the new release!


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2 comments:

jm said...

Jason,

Any word on why album cover view on the queue screen is a black box?
Album covers show fine in other views.

I was hoping that the final WMP 11 would resove this issue but it has not.

A poster to the newsgroup made mention of IE7 being the culprit, but I have yet to investigate that.

Thanks.

Jason said...

Interesting, I'm not sure why...

Do you have a screenshot by any chance?