Windows Media Player 12 is the next version to be released in the windows media player series. It is currently in beta mode and is planned to be released for only Windows 7. Although, Misaki2009 from deviantART has come up with a trick that will let windows vista users install windows media player 12 on their computers.
You only need 2 core files from the Windows Media Player 12 12.0.7000.7000 for Windows 7 Build 7000 and copy those to your windows vista system folders. You need to do the following two steps to install Windows Media Player 12 on Windows Vista.
- Copy wmploc.dll in C:WindowsSystem32
- Copy Windows Media Player folder to C:Program Files
You can get the files by downloading the rar package from here.
Windows Media Player 12 has many new features that are not found in Windows Media Player 11. WMP12 is brighter and lighter then WMP11. One of the many new features is Auto Previewing which lets you listen to a 15 second preview of a song when you hover over it in WMP12. Windows Media Player 12 also adds supports for new formats including H.264 video, AAC audio, and both Xvid and DivX video. This will enable WMP12 to play most of the stuff that you are able to download from the internet.
There are also many more new features in WMP12. For a more detailed analysis, head on over to arstechnica.com where they have explained most of the new features in Windows Media Player 12.
I am interested to see if this trick works, so please share your experiences in the comments.