On Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:56:54 -0600, in microsoft.public.windowsxp.general you
I may have tried that once too, and gave up, preferring instead to simply
use "Media Player Classic", which is a nice, compact, and lightweight
freebie, and one that supports playing a wider variety of formats than many
(incl. WMP). Having both is the best of worlds.
I now use WMP only for playing WMV files - preferring other media players
like MPC for most other formats. (Although I usually use Winamp for playing
mp3 files (although MPC can do it), and an old version of Real Player for
playing Real Media files).
You might take a look at "Media Player Classic" (MPC). It's been around a
long time, and has a pretty good "reputation".
Here are some links to it, and that describe it (with comments).
BTW, these two links are great for finding software and customer reviews -
in addition to CNET, I might add.
I downloaded Media Player Classic, but I didn't try it yet.
I forgot to mention that the converted file, WMV was about half the size
compared to MP4. I guess this is an advantage if you download a lot of
MP4 videos. Also, some videos are downloaded as FLV. I use
"FLVPlayer4Free" to view those.