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Registry issues with Windows Media Player
I was trying to install an updated codec pack from a known source that I had used in the past, only this time around it gave me an error 1402 saying "Could not open key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\ Player\Extensions\Types. Verify that you have sufficient access to that key, or contact your support personnel."

I used regedit, and I couldn't see anything past Extensions, since I had no access to it. I tried to right click, and even though it didn't give me access to the properties, I was allowed to create some for my user and my administrator, but when I tried to apply them, it wouldn't let me either.

I have also tried using psexec, which had worked with me with other corrupted keys in the past, but the funny thing is it won't even show the extensions key.

I also noticed that some other keys within the MediaPlayer key are also inaccessible.

I have windows vista ultimate, so trying to uninstall the player is out of the question.

Any suggestions?
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VistaUltKey/signed drivers Override
Okay, I too have experienced problems with Vista Ultimate accepting drivers (unsigned) that is. It appears unless update resolved issues. It is not possible to load any unsigned drivers ie: keyed/keys. Now this is an issue I am not fully understood at this point. But I feel sure Microsoft is aware of these issues but as part of their security setup, they have made this new Vista application less user friendly to say the least. It is overall a very good OS, but we must have more options available to us in order to make these things run on whatever we wish to load up... for example I recently setup a new machine (XPS1 Product Red) Dell all in one, I love the system, yet it has lacked in its ability to accept anything other then what Microsoft / Dell wish to allow to run on their machines. As the owner of this machine it should be up to me if I want to run an unstable program, thus how is it that they have made the decision to disallow us to do so? It too XP years to get it right, so I know we are in Vista's infancy at this point. But apparently this so called security setup has and will continue to raise issues of its usability in the market. I haven't yet found any work a rounds to resolve this issue (s). So far I loaded "Soundtap" which I already used for years on my XP systems, without many hick ups and the results were great. Really nice audio streaming capture application. But now I find it unusable in Vista since it has an unsigned driver which make the program worthless at this point. I'm self taught so please be kind, I normally can figure out and resolve most issues in a day or so, but this one seems irresolvable until Microsoft opens up the system to accept unsigned drivers / keys and so on. I hate the think this really boils down to selling us products they want us to have and if they aren't making a buck on it they don't want us to use it, on THEIR system. Maybe kinda like don't want anyone to have the ability to copy audio files, video and so on unless they say it's okay. the old tire issue of user rights and protected content and so on and on and on... Hell, if we want an audio file or a video clip let us buy it or watch it but surely don’t copy it to watch at our convenience, that would be wrong! We don't do that at VISTA world, it's just wrong! Ya ya ya... So, in closing if anyone has a work around or knows where the problem REALLY is please help those of us that can only guess at the real story here! Thanks, for any info available.
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