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Software and games / Re: Windows Media Player 12 maximize fix (Windows 7)
« on: December 29, 2012, 05:16:23 PM »
Note: This is not related to WME. I just post it here because I have no better place to put it :)


The problem

Windows 7 includes Windows Media Player 12. This version separates the library view and the "now playing" view and it stores previous window position separately for each view. However, it doesn't remember window state of the "now playing" view. As a result, even if you maximize the window, close it, and later open some video file from Windows Explorer, the WMP window is never maximized.
I like my Media Player window to always start maximized, and judging by people's response to WMP12, I'm not the only one. I consider this behaviour a bug in WMP12.


The solution

I've written a simple utility, which ensures that WMP12 always starts maximized. You can download the installer here:

http://dead-code.org/download/download_wmp12fix.php

The installer installs the utility and makes sure it's executed every time Windows 7 starts.


What does it do?

This utility monitors the registry key which stores previous window state of Windows Media Player. Whenever this key changes to non-maximized (typically when you quit WMP), this utility restores the key value to maximized.
It uses the registry change notification API, so it doesn't have any negative impact on your PC's performance.


Known issues

When you uninstall the utility, it keeps running until you reboot Windows.


I hope someone will find it useful.



Disclaimer: The software is provided "as is", without warranty of any kind, express or implied. In no event will the author be liable to you for damages, including any loss of profits, lost savings, or other incidental or consequential damages arising out of your use of or inability to use the Software, even if the Author has been advised of the possibility of such damages.
   I have used this fix on both of my laptops,(x86 & x64) and it works flawlessly. Don't know what I'd do w/o it. Microcrap doesn't seem to want to listen to it's customers as this topic has been brought to their attention I'm sure. Probably didn't take too much to reconfigure the code to get this fix and they have people who work on WMP all the time and have neglected to fix this. Oh well, so much for my bitching and moaning. Thanks a million for the tweak. Don't know why everyone hates on WMP so much. I know there's a lot of other Media Players around, but I've had issues with them also so to each their own I guess. If you install the proper codecs in your machine WMP plays just about everything. Thanks again my friend  ::thumbup

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