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Multiple instances of WMP?

  1. #1


    joel Guest

    Multiple instances of WMP?

    I don't have vista yet. Is it possible to use multiple instances of windows
    media player at the same time in vista? For example, at work I often like
    listening to music or internet radio playing in the background but then I
    may want to play a video in the foreground but I don't want my existing
    media player to be disturbed while I watch the video for a short time. Just
    curious.

    By the way, does WMP still minimize to the task bar (mini-player mode) or
    does it minimize to the sidebar instead?

    Thanks.



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  3. #2


    Puppy Breath Guest

    Re: Multiple instances of WMP?

    I can't open multiple instances in build 5308.

    It minimizes to a small set of taskbar controls like in XP.


    "joel" <webforumuser@microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:%23035$ttaGHA.4144@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >I don't have vista yet. Is it possible to use multiple instances of windows
    >media player at the same time in vista? For example, at work I often like
    >listening to music or internet radio playing in the background but then I
    >may want to play a video in the foreground but I don't want my existing
    >media player to be disturbed while I watch the video for a short time. Just
    >curious.
    >
    > By the way, does WMP still minimize to the task bar (mini-player mode) or
    > does it minimize to the sidebar instead?
    >
    > Thanks.
    >



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  4. #3


    Sctt Lovegrove [ScottIsAFool] Guest

    Re: Multiple instances of WMP?

    I'm not on my vista box right now, so can't verify if it's there or not,
    but you could always open the video using mplayer2.exe which is normally
    found in the media player folder in program files.

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    Puppy Breath wrote:
    > I can't open multiple instances in build 5308.
    >
    > It minimizes to a small set of taskbar controls like in XP.
    >
    >
    > "joel" <webforumuser@microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:%23035$ttaGHA.4144@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> I don't have vista yet. Is it possible to use multiple instances of
    >> windows media player at the same time in vista? For example, at work I
    >> often like listening to music or internet radio playing in the
    >> background but then I may want to play a video in the foreground but I
    >> don't want my existing media player to be disturbed while I watch the
    >> video for a short time. Just curious.
    >>
    >> By the way, does WMP still minimize to the task bar (mini-player mode)
    >> or does it minimize to the sidebar instead?
    >>
    >> Thanks.
    >>

    >


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  5. #4


    Andre Da Costa [Extended64] Guest

    Re: Multiple instances of WMP?

    Yeah, but thats WMP 6, I think Joel is looking for the ability to watch
    multiple videos with WMP 10 or 11. This is not possible in build 5365. Also,
    I don't see the point, you can't watch two videos at the same time, you
    would be confused, you brain wouldn't be able to concentrate on both. So, I
    think its this way for reason. Unless you plan on using WMP for surveilance,
    and you still you would not be able to watch all of the videos at the same
    time.
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    ""Sctt Lovegrove [ScottIsAFool]""
    <iwantalivemessengerinvite@googlemail.com> wrote in message
    news:Otw0C4taGHA.2368@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
    > I'm not on my vista box right now, so can't verify if it's there or not,
    > but you could always open the video using mplayer2.exe which is normally
    > found in the media player folder in program files.
    >
    > Sctt
    > Live Messenger FAQs - http://wlm.scottisafool.co.uk/
    >
    > Puppy Breath wrote:
    >> I can't open multiple instances in build 5308.
    >>
    >> It minimizes to a small set of taskbar controls like in XP.
    >>
    >>
    >> "joel" <webforumuser@microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:%23035$ttaGHA.4144@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> I don't have vista yet. Is it possible to use multiple instances of
    >>> windows media player at the same time in vista? For example, at work I
    >>> often like listening to music or internet radio playing in the
    >>> background but then I may want to play a video in the foreground but I
    >>> don't want my existing media player to be disturbed while I watch the
    >>> video for a short time. Just curious.
    >>>
    >>> By the way, does WMP still minimize to the task bar (mini-player mode)
    >>> or does it minimize to the sidebar instead?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks.
    >>>

    >>




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  6. #5


    Mike Williams Guest

    Re: Multiple instances of WMP?

    Andre Da Costa [Extended64] wrote:
    > Yeah, but thats WMP 6, I think Joel is looking for the ability to watch
    > multiple videos with WMP 10 or 11. This is not possible in build 5365. Also,
    > I don't see the point, you can't watch two videos at the same time, you
    > would be confused, you brain wouldn't be able to concentrate on both. So, I
    > think its this way for reason. Unless you plan on using WMP for surveilance,
    > and you still you would not be able to watch all of the videos at the same
    > time.


    The OP didn't want to watch two videos at one time. He wanted to have
    one instance stopped in the background (perhaps so a movie or playlist
    wasn't disturbed) yet be able to switch to another piece of media on an
    adhoc basis. I think that was perfectly understandable (and desirable).

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  7. #6


    joel Guest

    Re: Multiple instances of WMP?

    >I can't open multiple instances in build 5308.
    >
    > It minimizes to a small set of taskbar controls like in XP.


    Thanks for the info.

    > you could always open the video using mplayer2.exe


    Good point. I remember hearing that suggestion even for XP, but I think I
    gave up on it because the interface is so incredibly old.

    Right now in XP, I can listen to audio from an embedded WMP in IE and have
    the full version of WMP open at the same time. Maybe that is possible
    because one is the ActiveX control and the other is the regular .exe
    application. I don't know much about the sidebar yet, but maybe it is
    possible to use the WMP ActiveX control in the sidebar, leaving the full
    application still available. Or perhaps I could use a 3rd party player in
    addition to WMP, but I like using WMP. Oh well...



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  8. #7


    joel Guest

    Re: Multiple instances of WMP?

    > The OP didn't want to watch two videos at one time. He wanted to have one
    > instance stopped in the background (perhaps so a movie or playlist wasn't
    > disturbed) yet be able to switch to another piece of media on an adhoc
    > basis. I think that was perfectly understandable (and desirable).


    You have the right idea. I do multimedia development work, so it is common
    for me to have music playing in the background as general ambience. However
    in the course of the day I may need to play an .avi video file I just
    rendered from Adobe After Effects (which may not even have audio to it) or
    something like that. The background music would just continue or I could
    mute it. Maybe that isn't a common usage scenario, but that is how I would
    like to do it!

    Actually, I have noticed sometimes that if I am in the middle of a playlist
    of audio in WMP and then open an .avi from windows explorer and then close
    WMP and come back, sometimes it will reload my playlist where I left it. So,
    maybe the real solution is for MS to beef up that feature so that a playlist
    can be continued where it left off after being interrupted by playing a
    separate file click on from windows explorer...



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  9. #8


    Mike Williams Guest

    Re: Multiple instances of WMP?

    joel wrote:
    >> The OP didn't want to watch two videos at one time. He wanted to have one
    >> instance stopped in the background (perhaps so a movie or playlist wasn't
    >> disturbed) yet be able to switch to another piece of media on an adhoc
    >> basis. I think that was perfectly understandable (and desirable).

    >
    > You have the right idea. I do multimedia development work, so it is common
    > for me to have music playing in the background as general ambience. However
    > in the course of the day I may need to play an .avi video file I just
    > rendered from Adobe After Effects (which may not even have audio to it) or
    > something like that. The background music would just continue or I could
    > mute it. Maybe that isn't a common usage scenario, but that is how I would
    > like to do it!
    >
    > Actually, I have noticed sometimes that if I am in the middle of a playlist
    > of audio in WMP and then open an .avi from windows explorer and then close
    > WMP and come back, sometimes it will reload my playlist where I left it. So,
    > maybe the real solution is for MS to beef up that feature so that a playlist
    > can be continued where it left off after being interrupted by playing a
    > separate file click on from windows explorer...
    >
    >


    I'll file a bug request along these lines, quoting your scenario if you
    don't mind.

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  10. #9


    Zack Whittaker Guest

    Re: Multiple instances of WMP?

    Nope, not possible - but I'm working on a workaround )

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    "joel" <webforumuser@microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:eUzrtNuaGHA.504@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
    > >I can't open multiple instances in build 5308.
    >>
    >> It minimizes to a small set of taskbar controls like in XP.

    >
    > Thanks for the info.
    >
    >> you could always open the video using mplayer2.exe

    >
    > Good point. I remember hearing that suggestion even for XP, but I think I
    > gave up on it because the interface is so incredibly old.
    >
    > Right now in XP, I can listen to audio from an embedded WMP in IE and have
    > the full version of WMP open at the same time. Maybe that is possible
    > because one is the ActiveX control and the other is the regular .exe
    > application. I don't know much about the sidebar yet, but maybe it is
    > possible to use the WMP ActiveX control in the sidebar, leaving the full
    > application still available. Or perhaps I could use a 3rd party player in
    > addition to WMP, but I like using WMP. Oh well...
    >




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  11. #10


    John Jay Smith Guest

    Re: Multiple instances of WMP?

    Some programs cannot be run in 2 instances.. like
    outlook express, media player, msn messenger (although there are polugamy
    patches for messenger).

    there must be a way. but it might involve hacking the registry or files.....

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    "Mike Williams" <mikew@m-v-p-s.org.null> wrote in message
    news:445254DD.8020000@m-v-p-s.org.null...
    > joel wrote:
    >>> The OP didn't want to watch two videos at one time. He wanted to have
    >>> one instance stopped in the background (perhaps so a movie or playlist
    >>> wasn't disturbed) yet be able to switch to another piece of media on an
    >>> adhoc basis. I think that was perfectly understandable (and desirable).

    >>
    >> You have the right idea. I do multimedia development work, so it is
    >> common for me to have music playing in the background as general
    >> ambience. However in the course of the day I may need to play an .avi
    >> video file I just rendered from Adobe After Effects (which may not even
    >> have audio to it) or something like that. The background music would just
    >> continue or I could mute it. Maybe that isn't a common usage scenario,
    >> but that is how I would like to do it!
    >>
    >> Actually, I have noticed sometimes that if I am in the middle of a
    >> playlist of audio in WMP and then open an .avi from windows explorer and
    >> then close WMP and come back, sometimes it will reload my playlist where
    >> I left it. So, maybe the real solution is for MS to beef up that feature
    >> so that a playlist can be continued where it left off after being
    >> interrupted by playing a separate file click on from windows explorer...

    >
    > I'll file a bug request along these lines, quoting your scenario if you
    > don't mind.




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