Every Windows operating system comes with a built-in Windows Media Player, making it one of the most used media players that are out there. Surely, you can find other 3rd party media players but for most users, Windows Media Player does the job.
What makes Windows Media Player one of the best players in Windows 7 is the fact that it does not require any additional codec packs to play audio or video files. In this article we will teach you how to enable more than one instance of Windows Media Player, so that you can listen to your tracks individually or to keep two videos playing at the same time.
I for one do not use Microsoft’s Windows Media Player to listen to music as I have a 3rd party audio playback software installed. Still, I’m pretty sure that there are other users who would prefer to use Windows Media Player for such a thing. This is why I decided to inform you how to enable one than more instance of Windows Media Player, to run each audio track separately.If you’ve used Windows Media Player at least for a couple of times, you probably noticed that you can’t run more than one instance by default. This means that when you want to play a new track in Windows Media Player, it automatically overwrites the previous track that was playing not so long ago. With a couple of tweaks here and there, you can enable the multiple instances of Windows Media Player in Windows 7.
Normally, in order to enable more than one instance of Windows Media Player, you will have to actually edit the Windows Media Player main executable file, using a resource editor. I don’t know about you, but I never did such a thing as I do not have the needed knowledge but I do know how to use 3rd party tools to complete the task.
This tool is called Windows Media Player 12 patch, and it will help you to enable more than once instance of Windows Media Player with just a few clicks. As the tool creates a backup of the files it modifies, at any given moment you can go back to the initial state of the media player.
In order to enable more than one instance of Windows Media Player here is what you must do:
- you will have to download the tool from the following link
- extract the contents of the archive in a folder on your hard drive. Please make sure that you do not have Windows Media Player open or running in the background, before moving on to the next step.
- right click on the Multiple WMP.exe file (you can find it in the folder where you extracted the archive) and then run it with administrator privileges. If it’s not disabled, the UAC should prompt you to allow access to the file; you should click on yes. Now you should be able to see a button called patch which you need to press.
That’s how you can enable more than one instance for Windows Media Player.