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how to disable autoplay in windows media player, normally play FLAC and watch AVI with two or more audio streams

    Question

  • 0x1) is there a way to disable annoying autoplay feature in windows media player: when i play music in "now playing" mode and insert a disc which contains some video WMP stops playing music and asks me to play that disc or starts playing without any questions (e.g. when i insert DVD). in addition when WMP asks before playing it proposes three options: resume playing, go to library and play previous list. choosing "resume playing" you'll not resume the music just played, you'll start playing inserted disc. if you choose "play previous list", it also won't continue the playlist i was just playing, rather a playlist or track before the one i was just playing! very strange behaviour, isn't it?

    note that this happends only in "now playing" mode, when library is active everything works fine.

    please don't tell to go to control panel and change autoplay settings: it takes no effect. it works when WMP is not started or if WMP is not in "now playing" mode, otherwise WMP ignores that settings and demonstrates his "very intellectual"automatic playing.

    0x2) when playing FLAC files windows media player doesn't show progress indicator, it always is positioned at the beginning (or at the place where you've positioned it). if i select multiple FLAC files and click "play with windows media player" it will play only the last file from the selected list.

    0x3) when playing AVI files with two or more audio tracks WMP plays only one of them and gives no opportunity to change autio track. in wmp of vista it plays all the audio tracks at the same time (!).


    If there is no solution for these problems, please tell me where i can send a feedback about my complaints?

    • Edited by Lanamelach Wednesday, August 12, 2009 8:30 AM
    Thursday, August 06, 2009 11:12 AM

All replies

  • Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Under the "AutoPlay" heading click on "Change default settings for autoplay".  You probably want to change the settings to "Take no action"
    Friday, October 23, 2009 3:22 AM
  • Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Under the "AutoPlay" heading click on "Change default settings for autoplay".  You probably want to change the settings to "Take no action"

    please, i have already asked not to "tell to go to control panel and change autoplay settings: it takes no effect. it works when WMP is not started or if WMP is not in now playing mode, otherwise WMP ignores that settings and demonstrates his 'very intellectual' automatic playing."
    Saturday, October 24, 2009 6:17 AM
  • 0x2) when playing FLAC files windows media player doesn't show progress indicator, it always is positioned at the beginning (or at the place where you've positioned it).

    Installing WMP Tag Plus should fix this issue.

    Regards

    Tim De Baets
    http://www.bm-productions.tk
    Saturday, October 24, 2009 1:56 PM
  • i have just downloaded and installed WMP Tag Plus. this plugin helped me to resolve another problem: tag support in FLAC, but WMP doesn't show progress still. after installing plugin when i closed plugin configuration window WMP reported me that some problem was occurred and therefore it disabled optional plugins. i manually enabled it and had no more errors after. my OS is windows 7 ultimate x64 build 7600.
    as far as i understood, you are the author of the plugin, so i'll wait for the newer versions. i think, it would be a good thing if WMP could see album covers included into FLAC.
    i am a programmer and i'm interested in developing of such software, can you tell me where i can find some tutorials or another helpful information about developing plugins for the windows media player?
    Sunday, October 25, 2009 6:33 AM
  • i have just downloaded and installed WMP Tag Plus. this plugin helped me to resolve another problem: tag support in FLAC, but WMP doesn't show progress still. after installing plugin when i closed plugin configuration window WMP reported me that some problem was occurred and therefore it disabled optional plugins. i manually enabled it and had no more errors after. my OS is windows 7 ultimate x64 build 7600.
    Looks like WMP crashed when you closed the plug-in's configuration window :/ Does this still happen when you open the window and close it again? (it can be opened through WMP's Options - Plug-ins - Background - WMP Tag Plus - Properties) It would be a great help if you could send me the corresponding problem report: in Control Panel, type "problem reports" in the Search field, click View all problem reports, look for the Windows Media Player crash report, and copy/paste its technical details to your mail. You can find my e-mail address on my website.

    About WMP not showing progress, do you see the length of the FLAC files in the library? If not, you probably need to delete them from the library, and re-add them through Tools - Advanced - Restore deleted library items. This will allow WMP Tag Plus to read the files' metadata, including length, which should in turn make the files seekable while playing.
    as far as i understood, you are the author of the plugin, so i'll wait for the newer versions. i think, it would be a good thing if WMP could see album covers included into FLAC.
    The plug-in currently doesn't handle album art, but this might be added in a future version.
    i am a programmer and i'm interested in developing of such software, can you tell me where i can find some tutorials or another helpful information about developing plugins for the windows media player?
    A good place to start if you want to develop WMP plug-ins is the WMP SDK at MSDN .

    Regards
    Tim De Baets
    http://www.bm-productions.tk
    Sunday, October 25, 2009 4:20 PM
  • Looks like WMP crashed when you closed the plug-in's configuration window :/ Does this still happen when you open the window and close it again?

    no it doesn't. after the error i manually enabled the plugin and had no more visible problems.

     It would be a great help if you could send me the corresponding problem report: in Control Panel, type "problem reports" in the Search field, click View all problem reports, look for the Windows Media Player crash report, and copy/paste its technical details to your mail. You can find my e-mail address on my website.
    if your website is http://www.bm-productions.tk, i didn't find e-mail address there (only a link "send us e-mail", but it reports that my default e-mail client is not properly installed). i have sent a report to the address specified on the WMP Tag Plus "about" tab.
    About WMP not showing progress, do you see the length of the FLAC files in the library? If not, you probably need to delete them from the library, and re-add them through Tools - Advanced - Restore deleted library items. This will allow WMP Tag Plus to read the files' metadata, including length, which should in turn make the files seekable while playing.
    i see the length of FLAC files in the playlist. FLAC media is included into library as "other media" and WMP doesn't display a column "length" for this type of files.
    Monday, October 26, 2009 7:15 AM
  • i have sent a report to the address specified on the WMP Tag Plus "about" tab.
    Thanks for the report. Unfortunately, I need more information (such as a crash dump) to find out the actual cause, which isn't possible since the crash only happened once (unless the LocalDumps setting is enabled on your system).
    i see the length of FLAC files in the playlist. FLAC media is included into library as "other media" and WMP doesn't display a column "length" for this type of files.
    That definitely means that the files need to be re-added. On re-adding, WMP will put them in Music instead of Other Media, you should be able to see their length, and they will be seekable while playing.

    Regards
    Tim De Baets
    http://www.bm-productions.tk
    Monday, October 26, 2009 2:59 PM
  • yesterday i copied a new folder with FLAC music to my computer. WMP automatically added it to the library and WMP Tag Plus opened a congiguration dialog again (i don't know for what reason). this time no errors happened.

    i re-added my media to the library, now wmp displays all tags and lengthes in the library, but not a progress.
    Tuesday, October 27, 2009 7:28 AM
  • Which DirectShow filter do you have installed for playing FLAC files? I have done some testing and noticed that the madFLAC filter doesn't show progress when playing FLAC files in WMP, just as you described. Uninstalling madFLAC and installing the Xiph.org Directshow filters fixed the problem.

    Regards
    Tim De Baets
    http://www.bm-productions.tk
    Wednesday, October 28, 2009 5:37 PM
  • i use K-Lite 5.2 full codec pack. in the k-lite codec tweak tool report i see madFLAC.ax installed. i'll try the Xiph.org filters.

    K-Lite Codec Tweak Tool | Log file | Generated at 2009-10-30 08:04:48


    #####  DirectShow Filters (32-bit)  #####

    Description:  ffdshow Video Decoder
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\ffdshow\ffdshow.ax
    CLSID:        {04FE9017-F873-410E-871E-AB91661A4EF7}
    Merit:        FF800001

    Description:  Nero Subpicture Decoder
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\common files\ahead\dsfilter\nesubpicture.ax
    CLSID:        {06CBC9D1-92B8-41FA-B4A7-D841A0C13422}
    Merit:        00400000 = MERIT_UNLIKELY

    Description:  CoreVorbis Audio Decoder
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\corevorbis.ax
    CLSID:        {0835DC4B-AA01-48C3-A42D-FD62C530A3E1}
    Merit:        00800000 = MERIT_PREFERRED

    Description:  ffdshow Audio Decoder
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\ffdshow\ffdshow.ax
    CLSID:        {0F40E1E5-4F79-4988-B1A9-CC98794E6B55}
    Merit:        3FFFFFFF

    Description:  MPC - Mpeg Source (Gabest)
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\mpegsplitter.ax
    CLSID:        {1365BE7A-C86A-473C-9A41-C0A6E82C9FA3}
    Merit:        00400000 = MERIT_UNLIKELY

    Description:  MONOGRAM AMR Splitter
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\mmamr.ax
    CLSID:        {24FA7933-FE18-46A9-914A-C2AA0DBACE93}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  Nero Resize
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\common files\ahead\dsfilter\neresize.ax
    CLSID:        {30002E0C-C574-481E-A5DE-90AE54A79E10}
    Merit:        00400000 = MERIT_UNLIKELY

    Description:  MPC - MP4 Source
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\mp4splitter.ax
    CLSID:        {3CCC052E-BDEE-408A-BEA7-90914EF2964B}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  Nero QuickTime(tm) Video Decoder
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\common files\ahead\dsfilter\neqtdec.ax
    CLSID:        {470157A6-BFEA-4DF8-A8A7-12CE5EF33AE7}
    Merit:        00400000 = MERIT_UNLIKELY

    Description:  MPC - FLV Splitter (Gabest)
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\flvsplitter.ax
    CLSID:        {47E792CF-0BBE-4F7A-859C-194B0768650A}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  WavPack Audio Decoder
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\wavpackdsdecoder.ax
    CLSID:        {4B420C26-B393-48B3-8A84-BC60827689E8}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  Nero MP4 Splitter
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\common files\ahead\dsfilter\nemp4splitter.ax
    CLSID:        {4DA9D034-1B99-4104-BAA8-6A42E5348FEE}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  MONOGRAM AMR Decoder
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\mmamr.ax
    CLSID:        {50DDA33E-C529-4343-9689-338ADC793BB5}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  MONOGRAM Musepack Decoder
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\mmmpcdec.ax
    CLSID:        {555C4774-101E-49D7-8EEC-B9B87F8E1905}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  Haali Media Splitter
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\haali\splitter.ax
    CLSID:        {55DA30FC-F16B-49FC-BAA5-AE59FC65F82D}
    Merit:        00800001 = MERIT_PREFERRED + 1

    Description:  Haali Media Splitter (AR)
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\haali\splitter.ax
    CLSID:        {564FD788-86C9-4444-971E-CC4A243DA150}
    Merit:        00400000 = MERIT_UNLIKELY

    Description:  Nero ES Video Reader
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\common files\ahead\dsfilter\ndparser.ax
    CLSID:        {5CB78A55-01B8-431E-96DE-6227D2E0C312}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  DV Source Filter
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\nero\nero 7\nero vision\nvdv.dll
    CLSID:        {5F999665-C66E-46B7-9446-7864278C06C8}
    Merit:        00400000 = MERIT_UNLIKELY

    Description:  MPC - MP4 Splitter
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\mp4splitter.ax
    CLSID:        {61F47056-E400-43D3-AF1E-AB7DFFD4C4AD}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  File Source (Monkey Audio)
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\monkeysource.ax
    CLSID:        {66EA14E6-E2B3-433D-923E-EE401CADBBD9}
    Merit:        00400000 = MERIT_UNLIKELY

    Description:  Nero PresentationGraphics Decoder
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\common files\ahead\dsfilter\nebdgraphic.ax
    CLSID:        {68936D7B-59D8-4724-9493-17A225E03F91}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  madFlac Decoder
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\madflac.ax
    CLSID:        {6B257121-CBB6-46B3-ABFA-B14DFA98C4A6}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  Nero InteractiveGraphics Decoder
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\common files\ahead\dsfilter\nebdgraphic.ax
    CLSID:        {6F23E3FF-4234-4F1B-BC16-50D8A45235CA}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  Nero Vcd Navigator
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\common files\ahead\dsfilter\nevcd.ax
    CLSID:        {7855449D-FC96-44D7-BA7C-3C3D86330EC4}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  DirectVobSub (auto-loading version)
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\vsfilter.dll
    CLSID:        {9852A670-F845-491B-9BE6-EBD841B8A613}
    Merit:        00800002 = MERIT_PREFERRED + 2

    Description:  MONOGRAM AMR Encoder
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\mmamr.ax
    CLSID:        {99735894-CAF4-488B-8275-B8CB1998216E}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  Nero Splitter
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\common files\ahead\dsfilter\nesplitter.ax
    CLSID:        {A336CD3B-599C-4F70-A34D-E88EDE4B64C3}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  MONOGRAM AMR Mux
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\mmamr.ax
    CLSID:        {AAA4AACD-FD95-4240-9C45-9EB98E5DAC52}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  Nero File Source / Splitter
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\common files\ahead\dsfilter\nefsource.ax
    CLSID:        {ABA51A41-B929-4419-8660-D33BBFA7C5AD}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  DC-Bass Source
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\dcbasssource.ax
    CLSID:        {ABE7B1D9-4B3E-4ACD-A0D1-92611D3A4492}
    Merit:        00400000 = MERIT_UNLIKELY

    Description:  VP7 Decompressor
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\vp7dec.ax
    CLSID:        {C204438D-6E1A-4309-B09C-0C0F749863AF}
    Merit:        00800000 = MERIT_PREFERRED

    Description:  MONOGRAM Musepack Splitter
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\mmmpcdmx.ax
    CLSID:        {C3E2E983-0198-4F73-9E5C-8365BB4C4131}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  madFlac Source
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\madflac.ax
    CLSID:        {C52908F0-1C06-4C0D-A4CD-3D10EA51C757}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  MPC - FLV Source (Gabest)
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\flvsplitter.ax
    CLSID:        {C9ECE7B3-1D8E-41F5-9F24-B255DF16C087}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  Nero Thumbnail Decoder
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\common files\ahead\dsfilter\nebdthumbnail.ax
    CLSID:        {CCFB194D-9CEA-4457-9B84-554B7D4853C6}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  MPC - MPEG4 Video Splitter
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\mp4splitter.ax
    CLSID:        {D3D9D58B-45B5-48AB-B199-B8C40560AEC7}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  Nero QuickTime(tm) Audio Decoder
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\common files\ahead\dsfilter\neqtdec.ax
    CLSID:        {D6D8A64E-F9F7-4685-9757-7338077234D8}
    Merit:        00400000 = MERIT_UNLIKELY

    Description:  WavPack Audio Splitter
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\wavpackdssplitter.ax
    CLSID:        {D8CF6A42-3E09-4922-A452-21DFF10BEEBA}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  Nero File Source (Async.)
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\common files\ahead\dsfilter\nefilesourceasync.ax
    CLSID:        {DA5E4EC4-61AB-458B-B836-B8744B6BD3A7}
    Merit:        00400000 = MERIT_UNLIKELY

    Description:  Nero Ogg Splitter
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\common files\ahead\dsfilter\neoggsplitter.ax
    CLSID:        {DB4D8EF5-C2ED-4835-95A1-871C2327018A}
    Merit:        00400000 = MERIT_UNLIKELY

    Description:  MPC - Mpeg Splitter (Gabest)
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\mpegsplitter.ax
    CLSID:        {DC257063-045F-4BE2-BD5B-E12279C464F0}
    Merit:        00400001 = MERIT_UNLIKELY + 1

    Description:  Nero Digital Parser
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\common files\ahead\dsfilter\ndparser.ax
    CLSID:        {E206E4DE-A7EE-4A62-B3E9-4FBC8FE84C73}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  MPC - MPEG4 Video Source
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\mp4splitter.ax
    CLSID:        {E2B98EEA-EE55-4E9B-A8C1-6E5288DF785A}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    Description:  AC3File
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\filters\ac3file.ax
    CLSID:        {F7380D4C-DE45-4F03-9209-15EBA8552463}
    Merit:        00600000 = MERIT_NORMAL

    (A total of 169 filters, 44 shown, 125 hidden)


    #####  ICM Class Manager (32-bit)  #####

    Description:  ffdshow video encoder
    File name:    c:\program files (x86)\k-lite codec pack\ffdshow\ffdshow.ax
    CLSID:        {4DB2B5D9-4556-4340-B189-AD20110D953F} (ffdshow video encoder)
    Merit:        00100000 = MERIT_SW_COMPRESSOR

    (A total of 3 filters, 1 shown, 2 hidden)


    #####  Default source filters (32-bit)  #####

    .264    {5CB78A55-01B8-431E-96DE-6227D2E0C312}  Nero ES Video Reader
    .3g2    {E206E4DE-A7EE-4A62-B3E9-4FBC8FE84C73}  Nero Digital Parser
    .3gp    {E206E4DE-A7EE-4A62-B3E9-4FBC8FE84C73}  Nero Digital Parser
    .aac    {ABE7B1D9-4B3E-4ACD-A0D1-92611D3A4492}  DC-Bass Source
    .ac3    {F7380D4C-DE45-4F03-9209-15EBA8552463}  AC3File
    .alac   {ABE7B1D9-4B3E-4ACD-A0D1-92611D3A4492}  DC-Bass Source
    .ape    {66EA14E6-E2B3-433D-923E-EE401CADBBD9}  File Source (Monkey Audio)
    .apl    {66EA14E6-E2B3-433D-923E-EE401CADBBD9}  File Source (Monkey Audio)
    .bmp    {7DF62B50-6843-11D2-9EEB-006008039E37}  Generate Still Video
    .bsf    {5CB78A55-01B8-431E-96DE-6227D2E0C312}  Nero ES Video Reader
    .dib    {7DF62B50-6843-11D2-9EEB-006008039E37}  Generate Still Video
    .dts    {F7380D4C-DE45-4F03-9209-15EBA8552463}  AC3File
    .dv     {5F999665-C66E-46B7-9446-7864278C06C8}  DV Source Filter
    .dvr-ms {C9F5FE02-F851-4eb5-99EE-AD602AF1E619}  StreamBufferSource
    .dvr-ne {8BD32EBA-D7D7-4AB7-914E-C4E551113869}   Nero Stream Buffer Source
    .flac   {C52908F0-1C06-4C0D-A4CD-3D10EA51C757}  madFlac Source
    .flv    {C9ECE7B3-1D8E-41F5-9F24-B255DF16C087}  MPC - FLV Source (Gabest)
    .gif    {7DF62B50-6843-11D2-9EEB-006008039E37}  Generate Still Video
    .h264   {5CB78A55-01B8-431E-96DE-6227D2E0C312}  Nero ES Video Reader
    .jfif   {7DF62B50-6843-11D2-9EEB-006008039E37}  Generate Still Video
    .jpe    {7DF62B50-6843-11D2-9EEB-006008039E37}  Generate Still Video
    .jpeg   {7DF62B50-6843-11D2-9EEB-006008039E37}  Generate Still Video
    .jpg    {7DF62B50-6843-11D2-9EEB-006008039E37}  Generate Still Video
    .m3u    {e436ebb5-524f-11ce-9f53-0020af0ba770}  File Source (Async.)
    .m4a    {E206E4DE-A7EE-4A62-B3E9-4FBC8FE84C73}  Nero Digital Parser
    .mka    {55DA30FC-F16B-49FC-BAA5-AE59FC65F82D}  Haali Media Splitter
    .mks    {55DA30FC-F16B-49FC-BAA5-AE59FC65F82D}  Haali Media Splitter
    .mkv    {55DA30FC-F16B-49FC-BAA5-AE59FC65F82D}  Haali Media Splitter
    .mp3    {E436EBB5-524F-11CE-9F53-0020AF0BA770}  File Source (Async.)
    .mp4    {55DA30FC-F16B-49FC-BAA5-AE59FC65F82D}  Haali Media Splitter
    .mpls   {1365BE7A-C86A-473C-9A41-C0A6E82C9FA3}  MPC - Mpeg Source (Gabest)
    .nd     {E206E4DE-A7EE-4A62-B3E9-4FBC8FE84C73}  Nero Digital Parser
    .nvavi  {51393094-F0E2-4E34-87A5-25EBC68629EB}  Multi File Reader
    .oga    {55DA30FC-F16B-49FC-BAA5-AE59FC65F82D}  Haali Media Splitter
    .ogg    {55DA30FC-F16B-49FC-BAA5-AE59FC65F82D}  Haali Media Splitter
    .ogm    {55DA30FC-F16B-49FC-BAA5-AE59FC65F82D}  Haali Media Splitter
    .ogv    {55DA30FC-F16B-49FC-BAA5-AE59FC65F82D}  Haali Media Splitter
    .spdif  {F7380D4C-DE45-4F03-9209-15EBA8552463}  AC3File
    .tga    {7DF62B50-6843-11D2-9EEB-006008039E37}  Generate Still Video
    .tta    {ABE7B1D9-4B3E-4ACD-A0D1-92611D3A4492}  DC-Bass Source
    .wtv    {C9F5FE02-F851-4eb5-99EE-AD602AF1E619}  StreamBufferSource
    .wv     {E436EBB5-524F-11CE-9F53-0020AF0BA770}  File Source (Async.)
    .wvc    {E436EBB5-524F-11CE-9F53-0020AF0BA770}  File Source (Async.)

    Friday, October 30, 2009 6:12 AM
  • thanks, now progress is being indicated normally. the problem #2 eventually resolved.
    Friday, October 30, 2009 12:57 PM
  • Any solution for the very annoying problem #1  ?
    Sunday, November 08, 2009 3:35 PM
  • problem #1 and problem #3 are not solved yet :(
    it seems to me that microsoft supposes that this annoying autoplay is user-friendly, i created this topic three moths ago and still no answers from them. solution for the second problem was provided from the independent developer while windows media player itself still has no support of popular FLAC (i think it's because this lossless format is an opensource concurrent to windows media audio lossless).
    Monday, November 09, 2009 7:43 AM
  • Problem #1 try -  Group Policy Editor-> Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Autoplay Polices->Turn Off AutoPlay=Enabled. Do this for User Configuration and for Computer Configuration.
    Tuesday, January 19, 2010 9:29 PM
  • Maybe, I misunderstood something, it seems to me that in such way we can configure autoplay settings in operating system to disable immediate starting of setup file of programs and the music on audio media, but the goal is just to make windows media player less aggressive. I don't want to turn off setup autorun and, maybe, I even have no objections to automatic music playing, but I don't like the behaviour when WMP starts doing this while playing other music.
    Wednesday, January 20, 2010 7:50 AM
  • As noted, it's not AutoRun, it's the player responding to the device insertion notification (auto insert notification).

    Options:
    A: don't be running the player when you insert something if you don't want the player to (dumbly) try to make the generally sound guess that you're about to want to play that
    B: be already doing something in the player so that the player understands it's already running for a reason and doesn't bother switching over

    When the player is sitting around doing nothing and you insert something, it figures that there is a reason it was running and that there is a reason the media was inserted.  That may be a bogus assumption for your content, but that's the general logic as meant to improve the lives of the many gabillion people confused by how to play their media. =\

    The followup question is "hey it'd be cool if other than turning off AIN there was an off switch", and that's an excellent suggestion that has been noted.
    Wednesday, January 20, 2010 8:40 PM
  • this is not autorun. It's called Microsoft syncronization.

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Windows-Media-Player-Sync-frequently-asked-questions

    But I dont see some of the controls mentioned in this FAQ in WMP12. Strange.

    Sunday, January 24, 2010 7:40 PM
  • Syncronization is also a problem, because I don't see how to turn it off for my flash drive. When I plug it in WMP always switches "now playing" tab to "sync". It is a bit annoying, but, fortunately, it doesn't interrupt the playing (maybe, because I don't store music on my flash drive). The mentioned link http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Windows-Media-Player-Sync-frequently-asked-questions seems to be about windows vista (not windows 7).

    Anyway, "In the Player, sync is the process by which digital media files are copied from your Player library to a portable device, after which you can play the files on the device." How is it connected to the problem #1, which is rather about CD/DVD?

    Monday, January 25, 2010 7:55 AM
  • Hello zachd!

    I'm sorry to say that I am still having the problem as of today (01/27/2010), with all current system patches in place.

    I can play a single MP3 song, or an entire album, and no matter when I insert a music CD, the MP3s stop playing, and Windows Media Player suddenly loads the first song on the CD against my expressed wishes (having disabled ALL AUTOPLAY options).

    I would hope that since Windows 7 is doing so well in the press currently, that there is possibly someone within Microsoft who would be interested in fixing this sooner rather than later?


    - David A. Matson
    Moderator, Windows Mobile Total Access Forums
    Product Reviewer, Blogger, Moderator www.mobilitysite.com
    Thursday, January 28, 2010 3:34 AM
  • I can confirm that the problem of WMP spontaneously deciding to play random media files from a newly inserted CD/DVD is a real one. I just found this thread after being annoyed by the behaviour one too many times (I inserted a mainly data disc with a few sound bites; the music I was listening to stopped, and the sound bites started -- annoying!). Sad to see there's no way to alter this behaviour!
    Saturday, February 06, 2010 9:56 PM
  • Nice to find another thread about this i am also having this problem and find that the response is always "check autorun/Autoplay"

    its neither of those ..its not its not its not

    I have autoplay and autorun completely disabled

    simply put...

     i am watching an avi film or listening to music in media player

    i decide i want to back up some old disks to my external hard drive

    these disks happen to have an MP3 or an Avi file on them

    i insert the disk

    media player stops the music/film i am watching and plays what on the disk regardless of what i am watching

    to solve this i downgraded to MP11 and the problem went away upgraded back to MP12 and the problem returned if i use media center it does not happen so this is an issue with MP12

    and i really really would like it solved or at least acknowledged
    Wednesday, March 10, 2010 9:43 AM
  • I too am having this issue, with both WMP 11 and WMP 12.

    I will have music playing as an MP3, or even have the player idle while I change discs. After inserting my disc, WMP automagically starts playing. This pisses me off as I wish to do other things before starting the music; namely I'm trying to manually synchronize various things outside of the computer with the start of the music.

    *Anyone* with a real answer not pertaining to Windows' Autoplay feature (which is disabled) would be appreciated.
    Friday, March 12, 2010 9:35 PM
  • What other media software is installed?  I would think that some other media application is "helpfully" setting up its own AutoPlay.  If there's some Dell or Creative "media" management software running on that box, that might be suspect.
    Friday, March 12, 2010 9:38 PM
  • A couple of month ago Microsoft admit somewhere in this forum that this crappy unwanted autoplay is the "normal" behaviour by design !

    So there is no solution to solve what microsoft consider as "normal".

    Saturday, March 13, 2010 6:41 AM
  • Could you clarify your reference/citation?  If the player is playing something already, it interrupting itself to handle AutoPlay should require something external to the player - either system autoplay or some secondary autoplay technology.

    The situation as described by Cairo is abnormal, as I understand it.  If anyone feels differently, they should point to exactly why the player would do that.  If not, it would be good to understand Cairo's specific situation/configuration. :)

    Saturday, March 13, 2010 10:56 AM
  • I didn't understand that suggestion, he said something about Windows Media Center and some 'magic' manipulations, but Windows Media Center is not WMP, which I prefer to use.

    The issue is not caused by any autorun/autoplay settings or third-party software: I had this issue right after installing windows and all the people I know also have the same one regardless of the hardware or software they use.

    /*A couple of month ago Microsoft admit somewhere in this forum that this crappy unwanted autoplay is the "normal" behaviour by design !
    So there is no solution to solve what microsoft consider as "normal".*/
    I suspected as much. I just can't figure out why do they consider this behaviour as "normal"? Was it so hard to add a little option to turn this stupid thing of? Why do they alwas think about idiots and forget about those who know how to play the media when they want?
    Saturday, March 13, 2010 12:55 PM
  • Okay, this looks pretty much like every other problem on this forum that rises above the level of "can't find my off button". In other words this issue is still unsolved.

    I made every effort to try to report this as a bug but the websight for reporting bugs is so... well buggy itself that I spent nearly an hour trying before giving up. Has anyone succeeded in reporting this bug? Or any bug for that matter. I don't know if anyone from MS ever reads any of this but wow is MS Connect intended to be the most user unfriendly websight in existence? You could spend hours going back and forth between useless, useless and useless.
    Monday, March 15, 2010 1:03 AM
  • 0x1) is there a way to disable annoying autoplay feature in windows media player: when i play music in "now playing" mode and insert a disc which contains some video WMP stops playing music and asks me to play that disc or starts playing without any questions (e.g. when i insert DVD). in addition when WMP asks before playing it proposes three options: resume playing, go to library and play previous list. choosing "resume playing" you'll not resume the music just played, you'll start playing inserted disc. if you choose "play previous list", it also won't continue the playlist i was just playing, rather a playlist or track before the one i was just playing! very strange behaviour, isn't it?

    There is a registry key from WMP10 that seems to work with WMP11 as well.  Open Regedit and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences.  There, create a new DWORD named "CDAutoPlay" and set the value to "0".  When I tested it, this caused WMP to list the tracks but it did not play it.  Without this key, or with it set to "1" it opened up the disc, listed the tracks and started playing.

    Please let me know if that helps!
    • Proposed as answer by MrShannonMVP Monday, March 15, 2010 4:48 AM
    Monday, March 15, 2010 4:48 AM
  • Nope sorry but that doesn't work in MP12

    thanks for the suggestion though
    Monday, March 15, 2010 10:25 AM
  • OK, I getcha now.

    Yes, if you are in Now Playing mode and insert a shiny disc, playback will switch over.

    If you are in Library mode and insert a shiny disc, playback will not switch over.

    Monday, March 15, 2010 7:52 PM
  • 0x3) when playing AVI files with two or more audio tracks WMP plays only one of them and gives no opportunity to change autio track. in wmp of vista it plays all the audio tracks at the same time (!).

    For those who need switching audio streams in avi files I would like to propose the following workaround: install the K-Lite Codec Pack, then from the start menu call K-Lite Codec Pack -> Quick Codec Confing, in the opened window (K-Lite Codec Tweak Tool) uncked all checkboxes except "Manage the preferred source filters", click "Next", on the next page for AVI choose Haali, click "Next" and "Finish". Then when avi file will be played you will see the haali splitter's tray icon, so you can switch languages and subtitles for the movie via the menu of that icon. 
    Tuesday, May 18, 2010 6:57 AM
  • Close Media Player.  Run notepad and copy the following into it:

     

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences]
    "CDAutoPlay"=dword:00000000

    Save as DisableMediaPlayerAutoPlay.reg, then double click it to add the item to your registry.  Media Player will no longer automatically play CDs when put into your CD drive.

    This is a registry key Media Player was using in previous versions.  I've verified Media Player 12 attempts to reads this value even if not there in which case it defaults to CDAutoPlay=1.

    Charles

     

    Saturday, June 05, 2010 7:09 PM
  • Close Media Player.  Run notepad and copy the following into it:

     

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences]
    "CDAutoPlay"=dword:00000000

    Save as DisableMediaPlayerAutoPlay.reg, then double click it to add the item to your registry.  Media Player will no longer automatically play CDs when put into your CD drive.

    This is a registry key Media Player was using in previous versions.  I've verified Media Player 12 attempts to reads this value even if not there in which case it defaults to CDAutoPlay=1.

    Charles

     


    Sorry but that made absolutely no difference :(
    Sunday, June 06, 2010 6:33 AM
  • Close Media Player.  Run notepad and copy the following into it:

     

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences]
    "CDAutoPlay"=dword:00000000

    Save as DisableMediaPlayerAutoPlay.reg, then double click it to add the item to your registry.  Media Player will no longer automatically play CDs when put into your CD drive.

    This is a registry key Media Player was using in previous versions.  I've verified Media Player 12 attempts to reads this value even if not there in which case it defaults to CDAutoPlay=1.

    Charles

     


    I haver windows 7x64 with WMP 12.  I would be using another program to rip CD's while watching a movie and when I would insert a CD to rip WMP would stop playing the movie and start playing the CD.  Using this registry edit stopped it from playing the CD but I still get kicked out of my movie to the "resume/go to ligrary/play previous screen"... very annoying.  Seriously, why isn't there a simple checkbox to 'not play CD automatically'  I really hate it when the softeare thinks it knows more than you.  I understand that the majority probably want this to happen, but why not make a simple switch to disable?

    D

    Thursday, July 01, 2010 11:20 PM
  • What app are you watching movies in?

     

    Is the system AutoPlay set to use WMP when you insert an audio CD?

    Friday, July 02, 2010 10:16 PM
  • I have disabled Autoplay in windows so if nothing is open, the CD does not play. 

    It's only when I have WMP open and am watching a video (from my HDD in WMP) that when I put a CD in it thinks I want to stop watchig my movie and listen to the CD.  With the above 'fix' it doesn't play the CD but kicks me out of my movie and when I hit 'resume' it starts playing the CD!  What part of 'resume' does it not understand?  I want to 'resume' watching my movie that I didn't want to be kicked out of in the first place.

    Right now I have had to resort to using VLC, but that's inconvenient because in WMP I have my library set up and it's easier to find my video files.

    Friday, July 02, 2010 11:49 PM
  •  

    autoplay is disabled i dont know how many times people in this thread can say it and still we get asked "have you checked autoplay"

    yes yes we checked it a million times its disabled

    this is not autoplay

     

    just read the thread from the start again Zachd and you will see the pattern that emerges

    again ..

    autorun and autoplay on my machine are disabled

    im running win 7 home premium

    i am happily listening to some MP3's in WMP 12

    My brother asked me to copy some pictures off a memory stick onto another

    there was an avi file on the memory stick

    i was happily listening to MP3's in MP12

    autorun and autoplay are disabled

    i inserted the memory stick the the pc after a few seconds MP12 stopped playing the MP3's and started playing the avi off the memory stick

    i want to be able to say "if i insert a cd/flash drive etc and mp12 is open that does not mean i want to play what is on the CD"

     autorun and autoplay are absolutely disabled

    If i am using media centre/vlc/MP11/Media Player Classic this does not happen it only happens with MP12

     

     

    [edited] i originally posted in frustration and upon rereading it i realised my original reply was a little angry

    Saturday, July 03, 2010 8:23 AM
  • autoplay is disabled i dont know how many times people in this thread can say it and still we get asked "have you checked autoplay"

    yes yes we checked it a million times its disabled

    this is not autoplay

     

    just read the thread from the start again Zachd and you will see the pattern that emerges

    again ..

    autorun and autoplay on my machine are disabled

    im running win 7 home premium

    i am happily listening to some MP3's in WMP 12

    My brother asked me to copy some pictures off a memory stick onto another

    there was an avi file on the memory stick

    i was happily listening to MP3's in MP12

    autorun and autoplay are disabled

    i inserted the memory stick the the pc after a few seconds MP12 stopped playing the MP3's and started playing the avi off the memory stick

    i want to be able to say "if i insert a cd/flash drive etc and mp12 is open that does not mean i want to play what is on the CD"

     autorun and autoplay are absolutely disabled

    If i am using media centre/vlc/MP11/Media Player Classic this does not happen it only happens with MP12

     

     

    [edited] i originally posted in frustration and upon rereading it i realised my original reply was a little angry


    Yes, there is no more deaf than the one that don't want to hear !!!!!!

     

    It's definitly not a matter of auto whatever or a problem in a third party software.

    The problem, the only problem, is that WMP stop playing the movie is currently playing when you insert any removable media !

    Saturday, July 03, 2010 9:10 AM
  •  


    Yes, there is no more deaf than the one that don't want to hear !!!!!!

     

    It's definitly not a matter of auto whatever or a problem in a third party software.

    The problem, the only problem, is that WMP stop playing the movie is currently playing when you insert any removable media !

    I will give it less than a day before someone comments that you might want to check autoplay ;)
    Saturday, July 03, 2010 9:37 AM
  • Third unanswered thread on the same regression bug (#1), any MS mod reading this at all?
    Thursday, July 08, 2010 7:31 AM
  • As far as the autoplay feature goes. I think I found something interesting.

    HKEY_Current_User/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/AutoplayHandlers

    It has an entry there, a DWORD entry. "DisableAutoplay"

    I haven't tried it yet, and I'll wait till I get word on it, but I thought I'd share this as it seems Microsoft support is avoiding it like the plague. Also, an occasional "it is the way it is" doesn't count as a post Microsoft. I guess they realize how upset most people are at this. I'll also keep looking through my registry to find autoplay entries and update as I find them.

    Sunday, July 11, 2010 7:47 PM
  • Its nothing to do with Autoplay Steve ...sorry

     

    those registry entries have been tried several times and dont work in other threads this is nothing to do with autoplay

    Monday, July 12, 2010 8:48 AM
  • Ah. It was worth a shot. It's amazing. All the 3rd party patches that are out there. Ones that will do just about anything. They don't have one for this.
    Monday, July 12, 2010 7:07 PM
  • think the problem is no one can find out what is actually causing it so they cant fix it and MS just arnt that bothered as there is only a smallish number of us that hate the way MP12 handles media
    Monday, July 12, 2010 9:03 PM
  • This issue is so old now, a lot of people just dropped WMP and for using a third party media player.

     

    As far as I can remember, on another thread related to this issue, Microsoft said : this behaviour is "by design" ... so no chance to have a fix.

     

     

    Tuesday, July 13, 2010 6:36 AM
  • Stephane, you mentioned that twice, but no MSFT or MVP people ever said this bug was by design. Lava/Vijay K was talking about Autorun and Autoplay, and did not understand the problem at all. Read that post again, which was actually unmarked as answer by MSFT itself, and read all the later answers stating this has nothing to do with Autorun/Autoplay. Better stop repeating incorrectly that this is by design. Here's the link to that thread again, search for "Lava K" twice:

    http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7pictures/thread/bbc92709-b101-4c65-b87f-d6d331528d5e

    This bug is a bad regression from WMP11 that can be systematically repro'd.
    MSFT zachd in this very thread acknowledged it is a bug: "The situation as described by Cairo is abnormal, as I understand it."

    Autorun and autoplay seem to be the logical culprit, and that's probably what the WMP12 contract testers thought or were told when they encountered this bug, which I am pretty sure they must have at some stage. But ask any real WMP user for years, instead of a tester, and he'll tell you that this is a new bug on a feature that worked fine with WMP11. It's also totally bypassing Autorun/Autoplay settings, which is a breach of that other Windows feature.

    Microsoft seems to be extremely silent in all these 3 threads about the same subject. I despair if they don't understand what WMP11 devs understood, that it is only common sense that when you are listening to music or watching a movie, your playback is not interrupted with no way to resume it when you insert a CD or DVD (even a data CD). You obviously would have paused or stopped the playback yourself or modified your Autorun/Autoplay settings if you'd have wanted that any randomly inserted CD takes over your computer.

    Tuesday, July 13, 2010 1:12 PM
  • Mr Cairo, I have found this problem very annoying aswell, i have read most of these posts from the original thread and a few others. This is exactly what i did and i no longer have this problem no matter what disc or media device i insert, my playlist keeps playing uninterupted. start menu> all programs> default programs> change autoplay settings> change every tab that says 'choose a default' to 'take no action'. Now i'm not saying that its an autoplay problem as i have read from older posts that most of you disagree that it is, all i know is i did exactly what i've described and no longer have the problem.

     

    Monday, August 16, 2010 11:46 PM
  • Hi Stephen, we're not talking about song playlists, but movie playback.

    When I watch, say, a ripped DVD, and insert an audio CD, playback is interrupted although and some blue WMP screen appears with 3 options I can't remember exactly. The stupid thing is that WMP does what I programmed it to do, i.e. start ripping the CD upon insertion, but it didn't interrupt playback in WMP 11. I have to reopen manually the movie file to resume playing, as it's not in the WMP memory anymore.

    Before you ask, I have all 16 autoplay options set to "Take no action."

    Tuesday, August 17, 2010 3:19 AM
  • Hi Stepheneales

     

    I understand that this may have fixed your problem but it is not fixing the problem that all the other people in this thread have

     

    we must have posted about 20 times now that the problem we are all having is not autoplay but regular as clockwork someone will pop up and say "i solved this by changing Autoplay"

     

    What you say you did has been tried by all of us , i cant recall the amount of times i have typed the words "all settings are disabled/set to take no action" but literally 2 or 3 posts later we get "i fixed this by going into autoplay"

     

    just not helping

     

    Tuesday, August 17, 2010 8:01 AM
  • I have the same problem in XP.

     

    i'm listening to music, and pop in a dvd or CD to do some file conversion for our cinema, and WMP switched to the inserted disck. i've got auto everything turned off, in gpedit and registry and control panel.

     

    the only solution i've found it to hold ctrl and ____ when inserting, and wait for maybe 30 seconds. seems to stop the switching behaviour. useless rubbish from microsoft,


    -flow
    Wednesday, October 20, 2010 10:14 PM
  • strange. that was supposed to say "shift" S h i f t. some kind of editing occured. perhaps m$ doesn't want us to solve this problem?
    -flow
    Wednesday, October 20, 2010 10:15 PM
  • Sorry Johnsy616 but that does now work for this problem
    Sunday, January 02, 2011 8:41 AM
  • I just thought that I would mention that I was also getting annoyed by this problem, but the CDAutoPlay reg key solution suggested earlier in the thread and in the link below worked well for me.

    http://superuser.com/questions/53703/how-do-i-stop-windows-media-player-12-auto-playing-cds

    Not sure why it doesn't do the job for you.

    Monday, January 03, 2011 12:12 PM
  • Because the issue i and other have isnt ... anything ...  to ...  do .... with ... autoplay
    Wednesday, January 12, 2011 9:08 AM
  • I have the same darn problem, and it's very annoying.

     

    I'm watching a movie that's in an AVI file, and i put in a DVD video, my AVI playback is stopped and by DVD starts playing. I hate this functionality in windows media player it counteracts my desires all the time.  What we need is a checkbox option to disable this functionality in windows media player.

     

    it's a shame this thread's title uses the phrase "autoplay"  as that's a core windows feature (that i also have turned off).  this is functionality in the windows media player application that needs to be toggleable in a future release.

     

    i'm also laughing really hard at all the absent minded people who tell you to turn off autoplay and think they figured it out, their test plan is AWFUL!!!  here's your test plan people:

    1. Get a DVD

    2. Get a movie file playable in windows media player on your computer

    3. Start playing the movie file

    4. Insert your dvd into the computer

    5. Verify that the movie file is continuing to play & that the dvd is not playing

     

    do that and you'll see how #5 never works, if you figure out #5, you have solved the problem

    Saturday, January 22, 2011 8:14 AM
  • 0x1) is there a way to disable annoying autoplay feature in windows media player: when i play music in "now playing" mode and insert a disc which contains some video WMP stops playing music and asks me to play that disc or starts playing without any questions (e.g. when i insert DVD). in addition when WMP asks before playing it proposes three options: resume playing, go to library and play previous list. choosing "resume playing" you'll not resume the music just played, you'll start playing inserted disc. if you choose "play previous list", it also won't continue the playlist i was just playing, rather a playlist or track before the one i was just playing! very strange behaviour, isn't it?

    note that this happends only in "now playing" mode, when library is active everything works fine.

    please don't tell to go to control panel and change autoplay settings: it takes no effect. it works when WMP is not started or if WMP is not in "now playing" mode, otherwise WMP ignores that settings and demonstrates his "very intellectual"automatic playing.

    0x2) when playing FLAC files windows media player doesn't show progress indicator, it always is positioned at the beginning (or at the place where you've positioned it). if i select multiple FLAC files and click "play with windows media player" it will play only the last file from the selected list.

    0x3) when playing AVI files with two or more audio tracks WMP plays only one of them and gives no opportunity to change autio track. in wmp of vista it plays all the audio tracks at the same time (!).


    If there is no solution for these problems, please tell me where i can send a feedback about my complaints?

    I can give an answer to problem 1

    This solves the problem partially.

    Make the following additions in the registry and the playback is not "unrecoverable"

    1. Open Regedit

    2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences

    3. Create a DWORD with name "MediaFolderDetectionDepth" and set its value to "0"

    4. Create a DWORD with name "NonMediaCountToAbortMediaFolderDetection" and set its value to "0"

    Now, I put in a DVD with some media files, and mp3 playback does not stop. (previously this was stopping the playback)

    In case of inserting a DVD, then I had to stop the playback and press "Play Previous List" in the "Now Playing Window"

    Restart is not required. (I see that WMP12 is reading the key atleast one time when the drive is inserted). May be my answer is incomplete. If so, someone please help me (I will also work on this)

    I hope this was useful to some level.


    :) ChintuKPV
    • Proposed as answer by ChintuKPV Saturday, February 05, 2011 5:18 AM
    Friday, February 04, 2011 1:18 PM
  • Wow, I can't believe you gave that answer when she said she'd already tried it.  I have the exact same problem as she does.  No matter WHAT I do, media player comes up.  It's horrible.  You cannot imagine the frustration level after hours and hours of trying to get answers, and then getting idiotic answers that I have specified I HAVE ALREADY TRIED AND FAILED!

     

    Next laptop:  a Mac.  Forever more.  Bill Gates, your organization has serious shortcomings.

    Saturday, February 05, 2011 9:20 PM
  • Wow, I can't believe you gave that answer when she said she'd already tried it.  I have the exact same problem as she does.  No matter WHAT I do, media player comes up.  It's horrible.  You cannot imagine the frustration level after hours and hours of trying to get answers, and then getting idiotic answers that I have specified I HAVE ALREADY TRIED AND FAILED!

     

    Next laptop:  a Mac.  Forever more.  Bill Gates, your organization has serious shortcomings.

    I don't understand. Who has already tried that option?

    :) ChintuKPV
    Saturday, February 05, 2011 9:37 PM
  • This may or may not be off thread, but I wonder if this effect is related to the annoying (to me) behaviour whereby the default action for a drive containing media is changed from <explore> to <play>? (Vista home premium sp2). I have given up trying for answers on how to stop this!  Like the rest of you, I have disabled autoplay, tried to set the <default action> in the context menu (which only works once then reverts to <play>), searched the registry for what look like related entries, gone on forums where the only reply is "have you turned off autoplay?" etc.

    Sunday, March 20, 2011 10:10 PM
  • Sorry folks, but it has nothing to do with any system settings or autoplay for that matter...

    The problem is with WMP itself, it's designed to autoplay disks upon insertion...

    I am not sure about it, but I gues Now Playing view is a lighweight version of WMP in Library mode, therefore the problem is only in Now Playing view not in Full Library mode view. It can't handle multiple contexts at the same time.

    Upon inserting new disk, the Playing thread immediately switches to the disk playing mode, it can't handle playing separate content and exploring disk content at the same time. But the problem is not evident in Library Mode because it has the ability to contunue disk exploring in the background while playing back any audio video file.

    It's a limitation of the WMP12 in Now Playing mode, we just have to put up with until microsoft does any change to WMP architecture...

    There is solution to the previous versions as in WMP11 and before because there there are no separate architecture for Now Playing mode and the Library mode...

    Tuesday, May 17, 2011 9:23 AM
  • I can give an answer to problem 1

    This solves the problem partially.

    Make the following additions in the registry and the playback is not "unrecoverable"

    1. Open Regedit

    2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences

    3. Create a DWORD with name "MediaFolderDetectionDepth" and set its value to "0"

    4. Create a DWORD with name "NonMediaCountToAbortMediaFolderDetection" and set its value to "0"

    Now, I put in a DVD with some media files, and mp3 playback does not stop. (previously this was stopping the playback)

    In case of inserting a DVD, then I had to stop the playback and press "Play Previous List" in the "Now Playing Window"

    Restart is not required. (I see that WMP12 is reading the key atleast one time when the drive is inserted). May be my answer is incomplete. If so, someone please help me (I will also work on this)

    I hope this was useful to some level.


    :) ChintuKPV
    This works.
    Saturday, June 18, 2011 5:31 PM
  • 0x1) is there a way to disable annoying autoplay feature in windows media player: when i play music in "now playing" mode and insert a disc which contains some video WMP stops playing music and asks me to play that disc or starts playing without any questions (e.g. when i insert DVD). in addition when WMP asks before playing it proposes three options: resume playing, go to library and play previous list. choosing "resume playing" you'll not resume the music just played, you'll start playing inserted disc. if you choose "play previous list", it also won't continue the playlist i was just playing, rather a playlist or track before the one i was just playing! very strange behaviour, isn't it?

    note that this happends only in "now playing" mode, when library is active everything works fine.

    please don't tell to go to control panel and change autoplay settings: it takes no effect. it works when WMP is not started or if WMP is not in "now playing" mode, otherwise WMP ignores that settings and demonstrates his "very intellectual"automatic playing.

    0x2) when playing FLAC files windows media player doesn't show progress indicator, it always is positioned at the beginning (or at the place where you've positioned it). if i select multiple FLAC files and click "play with windows media player" it will play only the last file from the selected list.

    0x3) when playing AVI files with two or more audio tracks WMP plays only one of them and gives no opportunity to change autio track. in wmp of vista it plays all the audio tracks at the same time (!).


    If there is no solution for these problems, please tell me where i can send a feedback about my complaints?

    I can give an answer to problem 1

    This solves the problem partially.

    Make the following additions in the registry and the playback is not "unrecoverable"

    1. Open Regedit

    2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences

    3. Create a DWORD with name "MediaFolderDetectionDepth" and set its value to "0"

    4. Create a DWORD with name "NonMediaCountToAbortMediaFolderDetection" and set its value to "0"

    Now, I put in a DVD with some media files, and mp3 playback does not stop. (previously this was stopping the playback)

    In case of inserting a DVD, then I had to stop the playback and press "Play Previous List" in the "Now Playing Window"

    Restart is not required. (I see that WMP12 is reading the key atleast one time when the drive is inserted). May be my answer is incomplete. If so, someone please help me (I will also work on this)

    I hope this was useful to some level.


    :) ChintuKPV
    This does NOT work.
    Sunday, August 21, 2011 10:31 PM
  • Hytch: cwindhausen's instructions (June 5, 2010) should work. Have you tried that?

    Tim De Baets
    http://www.bm-productions.tk
    Tuesday, August 23, 2011 2:26 PM
  •               I believe i have figured out a solution to this probem. During a session of testing i received an error that i have not seen before and have not heard mentioned before about files not being able to be ripped from the disc. Before everyone gets out of hand and says that this has nothing to do with the current issue i assure you it does as i watch movies from my hard drive while backing up additional movies using dvdfab and was sick of having to reset the movie currently being watched every half hour when i would insert the next of my dvd's. Now as stated i have never scene the error mentioned above prior to this attempt and am sure no one else has either but long story short i disabled an automatic ripping feature in wmp options and have not had the trouble since as this issue has been going on for a long time i will list the options i took and would like some feed back as to weather this worked for anyone other than me before i say its definitely the cause found and solution to the prolem as everyone has mentioned a simple check box to fix the problem would be great and would appear to me to have been there all along we were all just looking in the wrong spot please follow the steps below and then post to confirm this worked for others thanks.

                   Open windows media player and prest the ALT key on your keyboard this will open a dropdown in the top right that you will recognize as what used to be a menu bar at the top of most older softwares. In the drop down menu select tools>options. A dialog box will open. Select the Rip Music tab. in that windows approximatly half way down you will see a check box labled Rip CD Automatically. Untick that checkbox and click ok and your done. It should no longer interupt your current media unless you tell it to.

     

                 As this seemed completely irrelevant to me at first it has fixed the issue i was having that led me to this thread and two others that all seem to have no answer. As this is the only machine i have currently running windows media player 12 and to my knowledge the only one capable of running windows media player 12 i have not been able to test this on another machine to confirm. when and if someone else tries the steps i provided please post here the confirmation of success thank you

      p.s I have succesfully backed up several more of my dvds all without intterupting my current movie that i was watching so i am convinced this is a working solution although i would still welcome confirmation from anyone else thanks


    • Proposed as answer by Dmatthys Wednesday, August 24, 2011 4:48 AM
    • Edited by Dmatthys Wednesday, August 24, 2011 5:01 AM Additional Info
    Wednesday, August 24, 2011 12:30 AM
  • Please see this blog for your reference.

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/asiasupp/archive/2010/11/24/media-player-12-auto-play-behavior-when-inserting-audio-cd.aspx


    This did not fix the playing music interrupted by WMP autoplay-like bug/feature on my computer, other people have commented on that blog that it did not fix that problem for them either.
    Sunday, September 18, 2011 9:29 PM
  • Wow this is terribly annoying.  After watching these threads for over a year I had really hoped for a solution by now.  Come on MS!
    Thursday, October 13, 2011 2:09 AM
  • dirtrider: this thread handles three different problems. Which one are you referring to?
    Tim De Baets
    http://www.bm-productions.tk
    Thursday, October 13, 2011 3:15 PM
  • #1 Still NO solution.
    Friday, December 02, 2011 12:11 PM
  • 0x1) is there a way to disable annoying autoplay feature in windows media player: when i play music in "now playing" mode and insert a disc which contains some video WMP stops playing music and asks me to play that disc or starts playing without any questions (e.g. when i insert DVD). in addition when WMP asks before playing it proposes three options: resume playing, go to library and play previous list. choosing "resume playing" you'll not resume the music just played, you'll start playing inserted disc. if you choose "play previous list", it also won't continue the playlist i was just playing, rather a playlist or track before the one i was just playing! very strange behaviour, isn't it?

    note that this happends only in "now playing" mode, when library is active everything works fine.

    please don't tell to go to control panel and change autoplay settings: it takes no effect. it works when WMP is not started or if WMP is not in "now playing" mode, otherwise WMP ignores that settings and demonstrates his "very intellectual"automatic playing.


                  I believe i have figured out a solution to this probem. During a session of testing i received an error that i have not seen before and have not heard mentioned before about files not being able to be ripped from the disc. Before everyone gets out of hand and says that this has nothing to do with the current issue i assure you it does as i watch movies from my hard drive while backing up additional movies using dvdfab and was sick of having to reset the movie currently being watched every half hour when i would insert the next of my dvd's. Now as stated i have never scene the error mentioned above prior to this attempt and am sure no one else has either but long story short i disabled an automatic ripping feature in wmp options and have not had the trouble since as this issue has been going on for a long time i will list the options i took and would like some feed back as to weather this worked for anyone other than me before i say its definitely the cause found and solution to the prolem as everyone has mentioned a simple check box to fix the problem would be great and would appear to me to have been there all along we were all just looking in the wrong spot please follow the steps below and then post to confirm this worked for others thanks.

                   Open windows media player and prest the ALT key on your keyboard this will open a dropdown in the top right that you will recognize as what used to be a menu bar at the top of most older softwares. In the drop down menu select tools>options. A dialog box will open. Select the Rip Music tab. in that windows approximatly half way down you will see a check box labled Rip CD Automatically. Untick that checkbox and click ok and your done. It should no longer interupt your current media unless you tell it to.

     

                 As this seemed completely irrelevant to me at first it has fixed the issue i was having that led me to this thread and two others that all seem to have no answer. As this is the only machine i have currently running windows media player 12 and to my knowledge the only one capable of running windows media player 12 i have not been able to test this on another machine to confirm. when and if someone else tries the steps i provided please post here the confirmation of success thank you

      p.s I have succesfully backed up several more of my dvds all without intterupting my current movie that i was watching so i am convinced this is a working solution although i would still welcome confirmation from anyone else thanks


    I was having trouble playing Skrillex and trying to copy a DVD, got terribly irritated and tried Dmatthys solution. Oddly enough it worked for me. Then again I don't ever use the Now Playing mode, I find it hogs my resources more that way (MY opinion, MY rig) so it worked for me in Library Mode.
    Thursday, December 15, 2011 6:56 AM
  • I have a similar problem right now.

    I have ALL autoplay options turned off to do NOTHING yet WMP still insists on taking control and playing a DVD when i insert one. As if the control panel options made no difference at all. This install of 7 is only about a month old.

    Friday, December 16, 2011 2:53 AM
  • Still haven't found anything to turn this off. Got to be a better way of solving this than uninstalling WMP and using a competitors product.
    Saturday, February 25, 2012 5:32 PM
  • Go to My Computer, click once on your CD/DVD drive, then right click, select Properties, select Autoplay, check 'select an action to perform', scroll down and click once on 'Take no action', click on Apply, click on OK

    Works for me anyway

    Saturday, May 26, 2012 9:44 PM
  • Still no solution after 3 years of the question being asked !?

    This is extremely annoying behavior that is only driving people to using one of the many alternative choices which don't exhibit this behavior.

    So far we've had people telling us to add these registry keys which don't solve the problem.

    We've had people tell us disabling autoplay would solve it, which it does not.

    I've even went in and removed all file associations to any media file types, all that did was frustrate me even further when it did not work.

    It's dirt simple to reproduce and it does it on every Window's 7 computer I've tried it on regardless of what configuration or software is set-up.

    Reproduction of the problem:

    1) Start playback of an audio or video file in Windows Media Player 12.

    2) Ensure that Now Playing is the viewing mode (if in Library mode, click the 3 squares with a right arrow in the lower right corner to switch to Now Playing).

    3) Insert any CD or DVD that has a file type which Windows Media Player 12 can open. It does not matter how deep the media file is, if there's one on the disc it'll find it. It doesn't even have to be a music CD or video CD/DVD, I've even see it pick up data tracks on Playstation disc as if they were audio.

    4) Watch as your Windows Media Player stops playback.

    This is not at all a good "feature". It's gotten to the point where I'm seriously considering shelving all of my personal projects to work on a hack to remove that one retarded "feature". It's not even a needed "feature" as Autoplay already provides similar functionality and is entirely optional.

    Sunday, June 10, 2012 3:06 PM
  • Doesn't work.
    Monday, June 18, 2012 2:28 AM
  • Yep, I just tested it again... and again, and it did not work. BLAST.

    I swear it worked the first time. I am removing the other post.

    Monday, June 18, 2012 2:35 AM
  • Reproduction of the problem:

    1) Start playback of an audio or video file in Windows Media Player 12.

    2) Ensure that Now Playing is the viewing mode (if in Library mode, click the 3 squares with a right arrow in the lower right corner to switch to Now Playing).

    3) Insert any CD or DVD that has a file type which Windows Media Player 12 can open. It does not matter how deep the media file is, if there's one on the disc it'll find it. It doesn't even have to be a music CD or video CD/DVD, I've even see it pick up data tracks on Playstation disc as if they were audio.

    4) Watch as your Windows Media Player stops playback.

    default_ex: thanks for sharing these steps. In my previous tests, adding the CDAutoPlay registry value and setting it 0 seemed to stop WMP from wanting to autoplay an inserted CD. However, you are right: local playback is still stopped when WMP is in Now Playing mode. You might want to report this in a new thread in this forum to get more visibility. This thread is getting way too long to be useful.

    Since this looks like an obvious bug, perhaps one of the forum moderators here can forward this to the WMP product team? Thanks!


    Tim De Baets
    http://www.bm-productions.tk

    • Proposed as answer by David Turner Saturday, July 07, 2012 11:23 PM
    Wednesday, June 20, 2012 6:41 PM
  • Hi zachd

    You've described it well: in now playing mode it switches over when you insert anything with media files on it.  I was initially annoyed by this behavior a year or two ago when I was trying to rip CDs while watching a DVD.  I'd forgotten exactly how annoying this was until today when I plugged in my phone to charge while watching a movie.  Fortunately I now know the magic voodoo sequence of clicks to get playback back to where it left off, but I've watched other users get very, very frustrated by this design.

    In fact, the way it currently works is pretty much the opposite of how it should be.  It makes sense that in LIBRARY mode it switches to whatever media is inserted, but if something's already playing it should under absolutely no circumstances switch away from that.  Okay, one circumstance - if you eject the media that it's playing off.

    Hah, actually I see my original complaint is already referenced on this thread by Stephane B.  Bit depressing to see it hasn't been fixed in three years.

    D


    Saturday, July 07, 2012 11:21 PM
  • October 2012. Microsoft is ignorant for not giving a shiit about this issue.
    Saturday, October 06, 2012 2:18 PM
  • Windows 8 - Problem still happens however that if you are using the 'desktop' windows media player. If you use the built in "Music" app in Windows 8 (Metro App) this does not happen.  Not sure why they built this so called 'feature' into one app and not the other but at least its a solution.

    WMP is getting old now and this problem really should have been fixed years ago.

    Thursday, December 13, 2012 6:52 PM
  • Jai Mata Di!

    Thanks Kevo Dogg! it works!


    • Edited by Gurudas D Monday, November 04, 2013 11:49 AM
    Monday, November 04, 2013 11:45 AM
  • I know this is old but are you running ANYDVD?? if so, in the tray icons near the clock right click on ANYDVD and uncheck AUTOSTART, this works for me...
    Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:06 PM
  • Thank You, This was very helpful considering I have a dodgy I-Phone Cable what comes on and off when ever I move the thing. Thanks again.
    Monday, February 17, 2014 11:51 PM