So use something else, how difficult is that? With the runaway bloat factor and security concerns with Windows Media Player, now might be an excellent time to investigate alternatives. A couple that come to mind are iTunes and WinAmp.
it says Windows Media Player cannot play, burn, rip, or sync the file because a required audio codec is not installed on your computer.
but automatic downloading is on. and the computer has been able to rip those cds many many times so it isnt because the damn internet just doesnt have the codec, i have been looking through the online help thing but nothing on there fixes it.