FIX: Windows Media Player Will Not Open

WMP LogoFor the past couple of mornings I have been unable to run Windows Media Player on my work PC.

Every time I try to run the thing, I get a momentary hourglass and then nothing more.

I’m running Windows XP service pack 3 and keep as up to date as I can with the regular updates.

Anyway, I’ve finally grabbed a couple of minutes to look into the problem and came across a Fix on CNET.

1. Click Start, click Accessories, the right click on Command Prompt and choose “run as administrator”, then type regsvr32 jscript.dll, and then hit enter.

2. Type regsvr32 vbscript.dll then hit enter.

3. Now type exit and hit enter. Now try media player and it should work.

I’m not sure how those files became unregistered but running both regsvr32 commands from Start -> Run has done the trick for me.

Awesome, now I can listen to music before everyone else gets into the office!


Indexing Services

The last 40 minutes have been an utter mare! In fact, as I type this at speed I am uttering such rage fuelled profanity as would make a docker blush.

A simple task involving adding a logo to one of our new corporate photographs (5 minutes shopping if that) has stretched to an eternity.

Q. Why?

A. searchindexer.exe hogging every single available piece of memory usage my PC has to offer.

searchindexer.exe is the executable element of Microsoft’s Indexing Service; and over the years it has become the bane of my life. Why it re-enables itself when I so humanely kill it on a regular basis, I do not know.

As far as I can see, the indexing service serves no practical use; even when enabled it does not actually allow me to search my files using the indexes it reputedly creates, leaving me to rely on the old Search Companion.

You can, supposedly, disable the service and/or limit the drives, directories and files that are indexed. Disabling the service is far more satisfying:

Services -> Search IndexerHow to kill the service
It pleases me to affect a Jean Reno accent as I read this text to myself, imagining myself as Léon – about to lay searchindexer to rest.

1) Open Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services
2) Scroll down the list to “Indexing Services”, right click and select “Stop”
3) Finally, double click the entry and set the “Startup type” to disabled, before clicking OK – *bang* the dirt is gone.

Lets just hope that the service doesn’t go and do a Lazarus on me… again.