How to minimize Windows Media Player 12 as Mini Toolbar


27.01.2010

Windows Media player 12, the Windows 7 Media player has a lot of cool features that you can use. But because of the new icon design of the Windows 7 some of the old features of Windows Media Player 11, like minimizing the Windows Media Player 12 into the taskbar as a Mini Toolbar, are not implemented.

Some user care so much of this feature that they are looking to downgrade Windows Media Player 12 to Windows Media Player 11( read HERE-soon available ) so they get enjoy all the benefits. Luckily, Windows 7 users can now minimize the WMP12, as a mini toolbar, using a hack.

Just follow the steps bellow:

  • Download one of the following archives in order to match your system type of architecture:

32-bit: HERE
64-bit: HERE

  • Extract the file from the archive and then copy it to C:Program FilesWindows Media Player

  • Go to Control Panel -> System and Security -> Administrative Tools, and open Services panel.

  • Stop the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service.

Stop WMP12 service

  • Open a command prompt as administrator. If you don’t know how to do that, read HERE.

  • Run and execute the following command:

regsvr32 “%ProgramFiles%Windows Media Playerwmpband.dll”

  • Restart the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service.

  • Start Windows Media Player 12.

  • Minimize the Windows Media Player 12

  • Right click on the Windows 7 taskbar, select Toolbars, and then check Windows Media Player

    WMP12 Toolbar selection

  • Success. Now you have the Windows Media Player 12 as a mini toolbar near the system tray.

Windows Media Player 12 Toolbar

  • If something went wrong, start all over after a reboot.

If you encounter the following error:

“The Windows Media Player toolbar isn’t compatible with this version of Windows
If you continue, the toolbar might appear incorrectly. To check for an updated version, go to the software publisher’s website.
Do you want this toolbar on your taskbar?”
Just click yes

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