I've created this thread because the majority of Windows 7 users are experiencing this problem, which seems to have become widespread in March-2012 at the earliest. Many of you may have noticed a strange number of symptoms leading up to the failure
with WMP12, including: =
A corrupted or non-functional playlist database;
The ability to play certain mainstream file formats;
Significant slowdowns when playing large videos;
The more recent symptom, however, is when the software refuses to shut down correctly. In this instance videos will not play, with a "Server Execution Failed" error appearing after the filename, regardless of file type. This is because while
the application has been closed, it remains ever-present in the Task Manager and all attempts to terminate the executable, fail. The "Taskkill" ability in the Command Prompt as Administrator also will not work, forcing a system reboot.
Please note that the reinstallation of WMP12 - using the "Turn Windows Features On or Off" ability in the Control Panel - will not fix this problem... I recommend if you are a Windows 7 user with this issue, please provide what symptoms you are experiencing
along with your basic system spec, so Technet personnel can produce the most compatible Hotfix.
I have Win7 Ultimate 64-Bit with an Intel Core 2 Extreme X9000 (2.8GHz), 8GB DDR3 SDRAM, and twin-NVIDIA GeForce GTX 9800M 2GB.
Hyncharas - Simon Spencer
Dell IdeaStorm Community Rockstar
I suggest that you take a look at the call stack of WMP's threads when it is hanging, by using Process Explorer or by creating a process dump and opening it with Windbg. That should show where exactly WMP is hanging.