Fixing Streaming In Windows 7 (.asx Files)
After tolerating the issue for all of the last beta and since installing RC, I decided to dedicate sometime into it this afternoon to research the cause and look for a fix.
When attempting to play any .asx streaming playlist file, Windows would report that it could not locate the stream.
“Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The Player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress the file.”
The initial response (usually) to this is that the codec is missing or corrupted. I think I tried almost every possible of codecs around–no dice.
A bit of registry “checking” is in order. There are four keys I updated:
Note: The @= equates to the (Default) value.
Browse the web to a streaming source (I used Solo Piano Radio–calm, relaxing music while reading and such) and launch the streaming link. It should work like a champ–like it has for years.
So far I’ve implemented this on three different computers with Windows 7–-so far, so good.
According to the official Microsoft Windows 7 (Media) forums, it seems one of the Windows Live installers is to blame; however, if you catch the verbiage, they seem to relate it to another vendor. I wonder if “vendor” without much more of a second thought.
The fact that this issue survived to RC shocks me; however, all things considered—Win7 is still running like a champ.