Downgrading from WMP 12 to 11 in Windows 7

Windows Media Player 12 in Windows 7 has a new UI that doesn’t include as many sleek transparency features as WMP 11 did, and Microsoft also for some reason removed the Advanced Tag Editor, one of my favorite features because my WMP Custom Album Art tutorial uses it, and because you can edit a whole albums tags in batch.

I see no real benefit to using Windows Media Player 12, as the FastestVPNGuide’s profile seems, at least to me, to be a much more well-rounded, and better looking too, music / video organizer and player.

How to install Windows Media Player 11 onto Windows 7:

  1. Go to the start menu, type services.msc and hit enter.

  2. Stop the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service.

  3. Install this registry edit (zipped): Take Ownership Context Menu Hack.

  4. Now take ownership of these items by selecting them in Windows Explorer and then right-clicking them and selecting Take Ownership in the context menu:All files in “Program Files\Windows Media Player\” folder
    All files starting with “wmp” in System32 folder
    wmploc.dll.mui in “System32\en-us\” folder.

  5. Download Windows Media Player 11 for Windows 7 and install. If you get an error message saying that wmploc.dll.mui is in use by a process, then kill sidebar.exe.  You’ll need to restart after install Windows Media Player.

  6. Run regedit and delete the key “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Setup\Installed Versions”.

  7. If you want a good Windows 7 theme for WMP 11, check this one out:

    This skin is quite amazing – it combines the best elements of both WMP 11 and 12 to make an amazing looking skin.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my tutorial, and enjoy your newly installed WMP 11 on Windows 7!

A better version of this tutorial:

  • registrycleaner

    This skin is quite amazing.

  • Connor McBrine-Ellis

    I think so too!

  • Fraustrubblich

    I get this:” If you get an error message saying that wmploc.dll.mui is in use” . However, what do mean by this: ” then kill sidebar.exe”? How should I do that, where and does it have any other side effects. Do I have to resurrect that service. It seems to be a system file anyway and is greyed out. further insight would be appreciated!

  • Anonymous

    What should I do to downgrade from WMP 12 to 11 in Windows 7 ?

  • Anonymous

    This is so interested! Where can I find more like this? 

  • Fisti1

    Nice, Thank you

  • Smart Fortress 2012 virus

    You can upgrade to Windows 8 now.


    I desperately want this downgrade, but the file has been taken down. Could you somehow get it to me via e-mail or whatever?

  • sl1fka

    if you have a windows vista machine you can copy the files from there. i did that and it worked, but it took some time to get all the registry keys and stuff to work.

    also if you have 64-bit you have to copy more files. too lazy to say exactly which lol


    Thanks for the tip but I only have 2 WinXP:s … plus they’re 32-bit.:/