Windows Media Player 12 for Vista (Skins)

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Windows Media Player 12 is the next version of microsoft windows media player to be bundled with Windows 7. In an earlier post, we detailed the features of Windows Media Player 12. On reading it, you will find that WMP 12 has some awesome new features, making it a more complete media player on windows 7!

Microsoft is planning to release Windows 7 toward the end of 2009. Recently, they released a beta version of Windows 7 and it had WMP 12 bundled with it. One of “deviantART” users, bogo-d, has developed a theme (skin) to make Windows Media Player 11 look like Windows Media Player 12 in windows vista. Here we explain how to download and install the windows media player 12 skin in Vista.

Microsoft Windows Media Player 12 (WMP12) Skin for Vista:

Before installing this theme, you will do well to keep in mind that the skin requires Windows Vista (32 bit) and to install it, you will be required to change system files and registry entries in the operating system. You are hereby advised to do so at your own risk and warned that doing this incorrectly might cause windows vista or some of its components to stop functioning properly.

Free download Windows Media Player 12 skin from here.

How to install Windows Media Player 12 skin for Windows Vista

After you download the WMP 12 skin to your computer, you may execute the following steps to to install it.

  • If you are using Windows Media Player 11 for Vista, close the application.
  • Next, take ownership of wmploc.dll. To do this, go to X:\Windows\System32 where X is the drive letter of the partition where Windows Vista is installed
  • Right-click wmploc.dll and choose Properties
  • In the Properties window, select the Security tab and press Advanced
  • Next, select the Owner tab and press on Edit. If an UAC prompt appears, choose Continue
  • Select Administrators from the list and press OK on all the remaining dialogs.
  • Again, right click wmploc.dll and select Properties
  • In the Properties window, select the Security tab and press Advanced
  • Press Edit. If an UAC prompt appears, choose Continue
  • Select Administrators from the list and press Edit
  • Check the box next to Full Control under Allow . Press OK
  • Press OK on all remaining Properties dialog.
  • Rename wmploc.dll to wmploc.dll.bak and back it up in a safe location
  • Copy the extracted wmploc.dll from the downloaded zip archive to X:\Windows\System32 folder
  • Copy settings.reg and restore.reg files to any folder on your computer.
  • Run settings.reg and press OK.

Thereafter, settings.reg can be deleted if you wish. However, do not delete restore.reg as you will need it to uninstall the theme.

How to restore the original Windows Media player 11?

Find below the steps to uninstall the above WMP 12 Skin for vista, in case you want to revert back to the original Windows Media player 11.

  • If you are running Windows Media Player, close the application
  • Delete wmploc.dll in system 32 folder. (X:\Windows\System32\wmploc.dll)
  • Rename wmploc.dll.bak that you backed up earlier, to wmploc.dll
  • Find restore.reg in the folder where you saved it and double click to execute it. It will restore the WMP 11 registry entries.

If you want to restore wmploc.dll’s original ownership and permissions, do the following.

  • Right-click wmploc.dll and choose Properties
  • In the Properties window, select the Security tab and press Advanced
  • Press Edit. If an UAC prompt appears, choose Continue
  • Select Administrators from the list and press Edit
  • Press Clear All
  • After clearing all boxes, check only the following.
    • Traverse folder/execute file
    • Read folder/read data
    • Read attributes
    • Read extended attributes and
    • Read permissions
  • Press OK
  • Select the Owner tab
  • Press Edit. If an UAC prompt appears, choose Continue
  • Press Other users or groups…
  • Under “Enter the object name to select”, type NT SERVICE\TrustedInstaller
  • Press OK on all remaining Properties dialog

That is all folks .

Microsoft Windows Media Player 12 for vista

From the above installation steps, it is clear that you will need to take ownership of wmploc.dll and windows Media Player folder on your vista installation. This is required to copy the extracted files, replacing the current file and folder, as detailed above. If you are not aware of how to take ownership of files in vista, you could use the free Winbubble tool to tweak vista and take ownership of files and folders.

Enjoy the free Windows Media Player 12 skin for Vista.

If you are on windows xp, you could try the windows media player 12 for windows xp skin. You could also download windows media player 11, if you are not using the latest version of Windows media player 11 for Vista and XP.

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2 comments on “Windows Media Player 12 for Vista (Skins)
  1. Windows 7 is a x64 build so if you’re running 32 bit Vista, like me, it won’t work!

  2. exactly!!! Wanga is write!!! If your system works in 64bit… you are in trouble…

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