What Is Happening With My Windows Media Player? 3 replies

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#1 14 years ago

On msn my friend was sending me a video that we made becuase he edited it and stuff like that and every time that i tryed to download it, when it opened, my computer restarts or either says that there is an illeagal operation. I have a windows98 and i was wondering if i need an update on my windows media player or what?:confused: I can play music and everything on it too. Just when the video opens, it says illeagal operation or either restarts.


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#2 14 years ago

What format is the Video file? You may need an update for Media Player, but that may not be enough. The new Media Player is only for Windows XP. Microsoft no longer supports Windows 98.

Can your friend tell you what Video Codec it uses? Some codecs, such as the DivX codec may need to be downloaded seperately. Since Microsoft has nothing to do with DivX. Windows 98 has a lot of issues, and the fact that Windows Media Player cannot find the right codec, may cause a crash.

To simplify it. Updating Windows Media Player to the latest Windows 98 version is recommended, and will probably help. Atleast it won't crash...


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#3 14 years ago

Last I heard, Microsoft changed it's mind and decided to keep 98 around for a little longer. There is Windows Media Player 9 available for Windows 98, ME and 2000(for now) that's as high as you can go. But even once you install WMP9 Windows Update will have some hotfixes for it.

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#4 14 years ago

I use Winamp for all my video programs. It is free and so are the codecs like Divx. Try a windows update first. Windows 98 is far from dead. Alot of people still use Windows 98 due to running older PC's with smaller hard-drives.