I don't remember OKing the download or install of MediaPlayer 11, and my older version of WMP worked fine until a week or so ago.What the heck is up with microsoft killing a working program on my computer, my anger level is VERY high right now, I'd pimpslap Bill Gates if I ran into him on the street!
I KNOW MS is trying to prevent piracy of their OS, and apparantly there is some problem with my copy of XP. When I tried to update to SP2, my OS failed validation..This computer is a hand-me-down, but is from the most law-abiding dude I have ever met...The machine was originally a Win98 computer, that he installed XP on when his original XP machine was damaged in a move. I think that since this OS was originally installed (and registered) to a different CPU, MS thinks its a bootleg, even though I SAW him install it from the original CD-ROM, which was given to him by a corporation for use on his home machine to be able to work at home, so it is definitely not some hacked bootleg copy.
I put off updating to SP2 in fear MS would disable my OS if it did not validate, but the need to avoid viruses overrode my paranoia. Well, it failed to validate through the Windows Genuine Advantage bull****, the reason being that "the product key did not match". I do not have the key for this XP, but MS is supposed to be able to remotely read it anyway. I tried the Win98 key from the back-of-machine sticker , but no go with that # either. A few days later, trying again, I recieved a different error , that "this product key was not issued by Microsoft". It seems they can't even get their excuses right.
Despite not being able to manually upgrade, over the next few weeks, the MS popup "updates are available for your computer" appeared....The digital signature from MS was OK'd by my firewall, and lo and behold It automatically installed not just SP2, but a week or two later SP3!
MS did not magically find out my OS is legit, as I still cannot manually access any upgrades....
Which brings me to the Media Player problem, somehow my OS was "legit" enough to download MP11, but IT WILL NOT RUN unless I go through their ineffective validation...And I cannot remove the WGA validation program with control panel's "add and remove programs" either.
How can I get back my old, working version of MP? Or do I have to give up, install Linux and tell Mr. Gates where to go and what to eat???