I'm having a similar problem trying to install The Bard's Tale with
Windows 7 Home Premium. I get an error message saying that Media Player
9 or higher is not detected. Trying to run the suggested file,
E;\Install\Media Player\wmfdist.exe, in any compatibility mode does
nothing - the file won't even register as trying to run on Task Manager.
Here's why: Windows Vista and its descendant, Windows 7, automatically
block Media Player 9 , 10, & 11 due to compatibility issues. I know, I
downloaded each version and tried to install them, only to be informed
that they are automatically blocked for that very reason.
So the question reframed is: Does anybody know of a patch that will let
Vista and/or Windows 7 run Media Player 9? If not, does anybody know of
a patch for the -*current *-version of Media Player that will work with
the game? For that matter, does anybody know how to get the
compatibility buttons in Media Player's properties to activate? Editing
permissions has no effect, and the troubleshooter just says that it
can't adjust the settings on this program.