Vista + Windows Media Player = SLOW! – Page 2 – Notebook Forums and Laptop Discussion

Vista + Windows Media Player = SLOW! – Page 2 – Notebook Forums and Laptop Discussion

Had a weird problem in windows media player on the new laptop. Periodically the music would stall and stutter. Watching movies over wifi at home was quite painful pausing and continuing the movie like a streaming problem.

The link I just found above described that it took a long time to change songs. So i tried changing songs and sure enough it took about 10 seconds to change to the next track. So I tried the fix which for the sake of convenience (and its slightly different for my audio drivers) will repeat.

Problem: takes ages to start/change songs. experience stuttering and freezing as the DMR stuff does its thing.

Here’s how I fixed it:
Start > Control Panel > Sound > Playback Tab > Double-click “Speakers/Headphones” > Enhancements Tab > Check “Disable System Effects”

I figure most of those effects wont make much difference for headphones… but I might experiment with it later to see if i can tell the difference.

Anyway, it’s not skipped a beat since so hopefully thats that. (touch wood)

78 thoughts on “Vista + Windows Media Player = SLOW! – Page 2 – Notebook Forums and Laptop Discussion

  1. Wow. You’re my hero. I can stop pulling my hair out now. You may not be reading these comments any more, but my life just got better because of you. Keep up the good work.


  2. LOL! I googled ‘why is windows media player so slow’ after getting seriously ****ed with my laptop, and found this page first hit! YOU’RE A HERO! THANX!


  3. Love you forever! Been using winamp for playback, but that’s another headache. Now I can go back to my organizations in Media Player. And great burning playback TOO!!!!


  4. One google search and ten seconds of following your advice and a major annoyance in my life is gone! Thanks. Thanks. Thanks.


  5. this should be stickied to google search. i as well had to deal with windows media player taking 30 seconds to load one song.. disable enhancements like you said and it plays faster then i can click them almost…


  6. I was so getting annoyed with WMP for being so slow at changing tracks. This has sped it up a bit, but still not what I'd expect with 4GB of RAM >_<


  7. You are a genius! Almost for 2 years I’ve been living with hell (i mean I’ve been putting up with the awefull lag (12 to 15 seconds!) between mp3 track selection in Windows Media Player in my newly bought Dell PC with Vista).Now after doing what you have recommended, what a difference – it’s almost instant change. Wonder why Vista enabled this shitty enhancement as Default. Sound like the enhancement is no good to anyone.. Thanks heaps!!


  8. thanks so much man i was about to buy a valid copy of xp when i was on my phone browsing and say ur post, thnx sooooooooooooo mmmmmmmuuuuuuuuuuuucccccccccccccccchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  9. well, it might have fixed the problem, but there is a DEFINITE deterioration in sound quality. I'd rather battle with a slow media player than bear the torture of poor audio quality. isn't there any other work around?


  10. My computer does not show the “disable system effects” box. Instead it says “Disable all enhacements”. Tried that one and did much better. Thanks a lot for sharing your tips.


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