Re: Windows Media Player no longer playing DVDs?
I had a problem with several programs stopping unexpectedly, including Media
Player, with the same kind of message.
At around the same time I ran sfc /scannow from the command prompt (as an
administrator) and found that SFC found problems that it couldn't repair.
(I don't recall the exact text.)
Anyway, I booted from my Vista disc and did a repair installation. The next
time I ran SFC, all was good there and I haven't had any program crashes
since. I assume that the problems were related.
"Matthew A. Murray" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> My machine is running Vista Ultimate, and I discovered the other day that
> Windows Media Player no longer plays DVDs. It used to, but it doesn't
> now. (Because I don't play DVDs on my computer very often, I have no way
> of knowing exactly how long this has been going on.) When I try to play a
> DVD in Media Player, I get the message that "Windows Media Player has
> stopped working," with the explanation that "A problem caused the program
> to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you
> if a solution is available." (It perhaps goes without saying that I have
> yet to receive any such notification.) I'm provided with no other
> information about the problem; only a Close Program button that shuts down
> Media Player. I still seem to be able to play MP3s with Media Player, just
> not watch DVDs. On a whim, I decided to load up Media Center to see if
> maybe that would make a difference. While I still can't play DVDs, I at
> least get a different error message: "Application Failure: A critical
> Windows Media Center process has failed. Please restart the computer and
> try again. If the problem persists, contact your hardware manufacturer
> for assistance."
> I've spent some time searching the web for information about this problem,
> and haven't really found anything helpful yet. Does anyone have any
> suggestions on how I might be able to fix this? I really would like to be
> able to watch DVDs on my computer again. Thanks.