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I have the latest version of media player 10 and windows XP SP2.. in fact this is a brand new computer only a couple weeks old..

When I play any music or video file in WMP, after I close the player (either using the X or File->Exit) it still keeps playing the file! If it's a video, it keeps playing the audio in the background. Then when I go to run WMP again it just brings up the window and I can see it right where it was.

Even more annoying is that despite the fact that I have turned off every AutoPlay feature I can find on the drive, it still will automatically start playing a DVD when I insert it.. but it plays IN THE BACKGROUND! meaning I hear the audio.. and then again I have to "start" WMP to get the window so I can hit stop.

Has anyone else seen this or know how to fix it? I tried downgrading to WMP 9 thinking it might be a new "feature" but the installation won't even let you downgrade.

I would expect that "continue running in the background" or something would be a nice feature for those that want to use it, but that there should be an option somewhere to turn this off.

Please help! It's driving me crraaaazy.

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I actually have the same problem but to end the audio I do a ctrl-alt-delete and click on the processes tab in the taskmanager and then end the "wmplayer.exe" process. Unfortunately this is only a temporary fix. I am searching for a total fix, though. If anyone else has some input I would be much obliged.
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