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#136 grid001

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Posted 04 May 2008 - 01:15

All the steps discussed in regards to WMP11 installation on Server 2003 SP2, does not work on a fresh installation of Server 2003 SP2.

Neither checking the XP Compatibility on all the exe files, to changing the update*.inf files to a higher NTMAJOR version, nor replacing files. All these lead to the error box, "Incorrect windows version...etc"


Also, Media Player 10 is absolutely hard coded into SP2. Adding custom reg entries so I can see Windows Media Player 10 in Add\Remove Programs and and uninstalling does not do anything. A Rollback dialog pops up, and says its complete, but WMP10 remains on the system. (only other way is to manually delete the directory, which is messy..)

Thus, it looks like the lot of you who installed WMP11 must have done it pre SP2 first, and then ran the SP2 installation which made it work properly. For all other users, we're out of luck!

Main reason for my desire to install WMP11? Some websites require wmp11 in the browser in order to playback windows media 11 video (ie. gamespot).


Frustrated...


#137 barmalej

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 04:16

I found a really easy way to install wmp11 on server 2003 and to enable media sharing!

I started with Windows Server 2003 SP2 32bit CD, WMP11 Slipstreamer, WMP11 32bit setup + all hotfixes (slipstreamer and hotfixes here), umupnp.exe from WHS DVD. I used WMP11 Slipstreamer to integrate Media Player and hotfixes first then nLite to integrate umupnp.exe. After server installation I went straight to WMP11 and enabled media sharing and everything worked right away (I have Xbox 360 and 2 media streamers)! BTW slipstreamer works for 64bit server too but I couldn't figure out how to install media sharing.

I guess you can simply run umupnp.exe to enable media sharing on existing windows installation.

#138 Ghbloos

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 14:33

I found a really easy way to install wmp11 on server 2003 and to enable media sharing!

I started with Windows Server 2003 SP2 32bit CD, WMP11 Slipstreamer, WMP11 32bit setup + all hotfixes (slipstreamer and hotfixes here), umupnp.exe from WHS DVD. I used WMP11 Slipstreamer to integrate Media Player and hotfixes first then nLite to integrate umupnp.exe. After server installation I went straight to WMP11 and enabled media sharing and everything worked right away (I have Xbox 360 and 2 media streamers)! BTW slipstreamer works for 64bit server too but I couldn't figure out how to install media sharing.

I guess you can simply run umupnp.exe to enable media sharing on existing windows installation.


Interesting. Does this also work on SBS 2003 ? How do I get this executable (I don't have WHS).

#139 Ghbloos

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 14:39

I have everything installed and working on my Win 2003 SBS: wmp11, upnp et cetera.

I am also able to enable 'network sharing' in wmp11.

Seen from the server:
I have two vista computers with media sharing enabled (allowed) in WMP on my Win 2003. But I don't see them showing up in the media player window in the left side navigational panel.

Seen from the vista computers:
Both computers can see each other and share media, but both computers can not find the mediaplayer from the Win 2003 computer.

How is this possible? Why can't my workstations see the media I am sharing on the server?

#140 oxygens

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 00:53

Here's how I did it:
I created system snapshot a XP machine using InstallRite.
Then I have installed wmp11 on the XP machine.
Then created an installation KIT with InstallRite which I deployed on the 2003 machine, and worked just fine:)

The steps of bypassing genuine checks on the xp machine can be found on google :)

yet at some point I had to do the following not found in other tutorials (when bypassing the genuine check):
-find and replace in the registry the wmp9/10 version. Please make sure when you search for the version, replace de (.) with (,) from the versions obtained from the error message.
-run this command (which I found somewhere in the registry):
rundll32.exe advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection C:\WINDOWS\INF\wmp11.inf,PerUserStub

Hello everyone! I got bored earlier so I started to mess around with WMP11. I was wondering if I could get it to run on Windows Server 2003. It wasn't real easy but I have got it to work. The only programs I used were Wise Installation System and VmWare running Xp plus some custom batch files I made to copy and register what Wise missed.

If I come up with an easier way to do this I will post it. Right now it is to complex for me to remember everything I’ve done tonight.

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#141 C:Amie

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 21:36

I've created a script to nearly fully automate the installation of 11 on 2003, all you have to do it set thec ompatibility mode when the installer pauses. It even sorts out service account settings for you. It can be found here if anyone is interested:

http://camie.dyndns.org/qlink/?id=62

There are no odd exe's or registry changes in this, it's just an inflation .exe and some scripting.

#142 kevin551

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 07:57

Hi
I added wmp11 to win2003 seven years ago. I have not had a problem until now.
The method I used back then (swapping inf files) is no longer necessary. Just use app compatibility.
In fact the script above by C Amie above makes it really easy.

Anyway the problem I had also has an easy fix.
The umdf.exe file fails to install.
To work it needs the following variable to be set.

set _SFX_CAB_EXE_PATH=%CD%
start /wait update\update.exe /quiet /norestart
set _SFX_CAB_EXE_PATH=

I needed umdf because the android drivers piggyback on windows mtp which requires umdf.

tags - wmp11 umdf mtp wmp11-windowsxp-x86-enu.exe wmfdist11 usb driver

#143 C:Amie

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 08:28

:laugh: what are the odds that I'd pass by the site at the exact time this was in the latest posts feed on the home page?

Mind if I add your tip to the download page?

#144 Marshall

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 08:35

:laugh: what are the odds that I'd pass by the site at the exact time this was in the latest posts feed on the home page?

Mind if I add your tip to the download page?


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