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At last; a hack that I really appreciate.

Neowin has a snippet posting on how to Get Windows Media Player 10 to install on Windows 2003.

Link here.

Why do I appreciate this hack so much you might ask? Well I work on SharePoint, and I currently cant see it running on Windows XP, or justify having an extra test environment for me to play around with it.

Next hack to look forward to is to install MSN desktop search on Win2K3. What I know so far is that the contents of the setup (exe) can be extracted. That gives you 2 files, one of which is an msi. The contents of the msi can be unpackaged too. hmmm now thats a starting point aint it?

But the thing is, I really dont see the reason why Windows 2003 was locked out of these to products. Ofcourse its a server; I know how that argument goes, but since its locked down by default, and takes some real tweaks to make it work like your desktop, your average joe is not going to use it as his desktop machine. Its only geeks/techies that really need the server that are going need to be close to it. Could licensing be it?

Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 5:27 PM Misc | Back to top


Comments on this post: Media Player 10 on Windows 2003

# re: Media Player 10 on Windows 2003
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Try msiexec /i msntoolbarsuite.msi tbsdevcode=1
Left by Bob the builder on Dec 14, 2004 6:18 PM

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please send me latest media player
Left by prabhatraut on Jan 08, 2005 5:36 AM

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It's locked because it's a server OS and it wasn't designed for your average JOE, most things were striped from win 2003 for security reasons.
Left by Osiris on Jan 18, 2005 11:52 AM

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Installed fine after copying some of the INF files to C:Windows\Inf (got an error some were missing after the install). Also, the radio button does not show. Is that a seperate install or maybe just a dll that needs to be installed?
Left by Rob on Jan 31, 2005 1:55 PM

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Hey, My computer freezes every time I use the Media Player 10. I installed it the way the link said to. Does anyone know and solutions?
Left by Myki on Feb 01, 2005 6:55 PM

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I would think that they will eventually let Windows Server 2003 install WMP 10. Afterall, Windows 2003 Terminal Services runs on Windows Server 2003 and TS users will eventually demand it.
Left by Braveness on Feb 23, 2005 12:03 AM

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Worked fine for me 6th April 2006, on build 10.0.0.3802 on Win2k3 Standard

And yer .... don't bother with these two steps ... ya don't need them :) ::
5. Reboot into Safe Mode With Comand Prompt (Press F8 upon booting).
6. Once the Command Prompt has loaded, type C: followed by enter, then type CD TEMP followed by enter.
Left by twipsta on Apr 06, 2006 1:25 AM

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i like it
Left by Gagan Gupta on Apr 22, 2006 9:18 AM

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