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Installing Windows Media Player 7.1 on Windows 95 or NT 4.0

Disclaimer

Don't blame me if this screws your system up. This procedure is not supported by Microsoft, so don't whinge to them either.

This procedure has only been tested on Windows NT Workstation 4.0, with Service Pack 6a.

Windows 95 users should probably install DirectX 8.0 and Internet Explorer 5.5 before attempting to install Windows Media Player 7.1.

What do I need for this procedure?

WinZip, or another application that can extract files from self-extracting CAB files.
Windows Media Player 7.0 (download here)
Windows Media Player 7.1 (download here)
Optional: Windows Media 9 codec pack for Windows Media Player 7.1 (download page)

Why do I need Windows Media Player 7.0?

The Windows Media Player 7.0 installer included a warning when you started it, stating that you were installing it on an older, unsupported operating system. However, it did not refuse to install on Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0.

The Windows Media Player 7.1 installer will not run on Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0. This is the *only* change between the 2 versions of the installer.

How does it work?

It works by replacing the Windows Media Player 7.1 installer, inside the file you download, with the one from Windows Media Player 7.0.

How do I do this?

  1. Install WinZip if you do not already have it.
  2. Download Windows Media Player 7.0
  3. Download Windows Media Player 7.1
  4. Right-click on the Windows Media Player 7.0 Installer, and extract it.
  5. Right-click on the Windows Media Player 7.1 Installer, and extract it.
  6. Copy setup_wm.exe from the Windows Media Player 7.0 Installer folder to the Windows Media Player 7.1 Installer folder, replacing the existing one.
  7. Run setup_wm.exe from the Windows Media Player 7.1 Installer folder.
  8. If you are using Windows NT, make sure that you do not install the Adeptec CD Burning plugin. It will NOT work.

Windows Media 9 Codecs

Important! Whilst the installation of the codecs may work, it has not been verified that the codecs themselves will work.

To install the Windows Media 9 Codecs, download and extract the Windows Media 9 codec pack for Windows Media Player 7.1. Extract to a temporary directory, then right-click on WMFSDK.inf and select install. The new codecs will then be installed.

Known Issues

Windows NT 4.0: If you installed the Adaptec CD Burning plugin, you must disable the cdraw2k driver in the drivers control panel.
Windows 95: None known (untested).