Download and Install Windows Media Player 12 on Windows Vista

January 4th, 2009 by Daniel Craig Leave a reply »

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 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.



  1. jh says:

    Does Not Work

  2. Hawk says:

    Player-ul functioneaza, insa la copierea fisierului: wmploc.DLL, in windows system 32, se va opta pentru ultima optiune de jos si anume : Copy, but keep both files.
    In caz contrar sistemul de securitate al windows-ului, va impedica rescrierea fisierului peste cel vechi.
    La fel stau lucrurile si in cazul copierii folderului Windows Media Player in Programs Files.

  3. steeeve says:

    Marche pas pantoute

  4. JJJJ says:

    K? var aizst?t wmploc.dll failu ar to, kas atrodas System32??MAN NESAN?K!!!!!!!!

  5. donnie says:

    tidak berhasil, kalo boleh tau, salinannya di replace ato copy both,udah tak coba,tapi ahhhhh…………kecewa

  6. wazaaanl says:

    thanks goed gedaan

  7. telecharger le modele de logiciel windows vista n’nsta

  8. Isaias says:

    é otimo o wmp 12

  9. EViL_KeNn says:

    Ho fatto il procedimento descritto, ho sostituito il file wmploc.dll (facendo il backup del vecchio),ovviamente cambiando le autorizzazioni del file originale xkè sennò era protetto, poi ho messo la cartella di Windows Media Player in C: Program Files, ma il player non parte xkè mi dice ke il file nn è di Win32!! Fortunatamente avevo fatto il backup del file originali!! Se a qualcuno è riuscito farlo partire mi faccia sapere…

  10. Armando says:

    J’ai déjà essayé de installer ce lecteur, et à la fin tout ça il apparaît un message qui dit: C’est pas une application win32 valide, s’il vous plaît dites moi qu’est-ce que je dois faire pour que cela fonctionne! Merci d’avance

  11. Heeft het zelfde probleem says:

    Does Not Work

  12. 3'@yth says:

    Merci beaucoup mais le lien pour télécharegr les fichiers est mort

  13. Black says:

    Cine imi spune si mie cum conving vista sa-mi accepte overwriting-ul fisierelor in Program files si in System 32.

  14. angy says:

    kiero bajar y instalar el programa para reproducir los videos de mi celular a mi computador…

  15. dan says:

    Salve a tutti, io ho provato il metodo da voi descritto su Vista Home Premium Originale però quando clicca su qualsiasi eseguibile mi dice che non è un applicazione win32 valida.

    Non so non credo di avere problemi io, il media player v.11 funziona regolarmente.

  16. ariel says:

    triknya ngk berhasil bro

  17. carlos simanca says:

    I want to install wmp 12

  18. virker ikke says:

    dette kan ikke lade sig gøre, da du skal lave en hel masse om, for at få lov til at udføre dette triks.

  19. clouDz says:

    wew … it won’t WorK at all ! ! ! ! ! !

    i can’t do THAT! ! ! !

    windows alwasy give me a warning that i can’t changing any file in windows folder even when user account control (UAC) is disabled ….

    can u give me any solution ???

  20. Vince Carlos says:

    U hoeft alleen maar 2 core bestanden van de Windows Media Player 12 12.0.7000.7000 voor Windows 7 Build 7000 en kopieer deze naar uw Windows Vista-systeem mappen. U hoeft te doen, de volgende twee stappen voor de installatie van Windows Media Player 12 op Windows Vista.

    * Kopieer wmploc.dll in C: Windows System32
    * Exemplaar van Windows Media Player map C: Program Files <–??

    U kunt de bestanden door het downloaden van de rar pakket van hier.

    • Fahad says:

      Translated text from Vince’s comment:
      You only have 2 core files of Windows Media Player 12 12.0.7000.7000 for Windows 7 Build 7000 and copy it to your Windows Vista system folders. You have to do the following steps to install Windows Media Player 12 on Windows Vista.

      * Copy wmploc.dll in C: Windows System32
      * This copy of Windows Media Player folder C: Program Files <-?

      You can view the files by downloading the rar package from here.

  21. Adnan says:

    This does not work and cause abig proplem in vista

  22. german says:

    Ok I find out how to enable it.
    1. go to system32 and then to wmploc.dll
    2. go to the properties of wmploc.dll
    3. now choose safety
    4. and then choose adjusted
    5. now choose owner and choose edit
    6. change the owner to your name
    7. close the window
    8. choose at the properties window edit
    9. and allow all for you, save it.
    10. rename the old wmploc.dll to wmploc.bak.dll and save it!
    11. now copy the wmploc.dll into the system32 folder
    12. follow the other steps of instructions!

    I hope I help you on my laptop it works!

  23. vicky says:

    i have no clue on how to start

  24. Gabo says:

    I was follow all the procedure (12 steps writted by German) and when i try to run the app I get a message “C:Program FilesWindows Media Playerwmplayer.exe is not a Win32 valid application”, so, it doesn’t work!!!!

  25. marty says:

    i tried this method and still not working=get… not a win32 valid app.
    * If Windows Media Player is running, close it
    * Take ownership of wmploc.dll. To do this, Go to X:WindowsSystem32 where X is the drive letter for the partition where Windows Vista is installed
    * Right-click wmploc.dll and choose Properties
    * In the Properties window, select the Security tab and press Advanced
    * Select the Owner tab and press on Edit. If an UAC prompt appears, choose Continue
    * Select Administrators from the list and press OK on all remaining Properties windows
    * Right click wmploc.dll again and select Properties
    * In the Properties window, select the Security tab and press Advanced
    * Press Edit. If an UAC prompt appears, choose Continue
    * Select Administrators from the list and press Edit
    * Check the box next to Full Control under Allow
    * Press OK on all remaining Properties windows
    * Rename wmploc.dll to wmploc.dll.bak and back it up in a safe location
    * Copy the downloaded wmploc.dll from the zip archive to the X:WindowsSystem32 folder
    * Copy settings.reg and restore.reg files to any folder you want
    * Run settings.reg and press OK. settings.reg can be deleted now
    * Do not delete restore.reg as you will need it if you plan to uninstall. please need more help!

  26. Willis says:

    this will not work and it will screw up vista. you will have to reinstall vista if you end up doing this. and no, a system restore/backup will not fix the problem.

    wait till wmp12 is released thru windows b4 you start hacking registry/system files or go and download windows 7

  27. Atif says:


  28. ksjsf says:

    hey this dosent help i need windows media player but i cant find it :(

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