...downloading, including GIMP, have you done a full system scan with a good quality spyware program such as the free one in the link below? If not, spyware, trojans and such can cause media player issues and using the tool is a good idea.:
Ewido/AVG Antispyware 7.5 Tool
Next, to make sure WMP is the default player you'll want to open WMP from the Start Menu.. Can you do that? If so, you should be able to click on "Tools", then "OPtions", then the "File Types" tab (at least it's that way on WMP 10, then make sure all your preferred boxes are CHECKED.) You also might want to access Windows Explorer, click on "Tools", select "Folder Options", then the "File Types" tab.. When that opens, visit each of the file types for your clips, such as .asf, then make sure WMP is the preferred program.
Hope this helps.
I am running XP on my laptop and the most recent version of WMP. When I attempted to listen to some music clips the other night from my online music club WMP would not start up. I have an icon to click WMP on the site and it has always worked but now there is like a milisecond flash that I can't make out like it attempts to load but it does not.
It seems like when I was attempting to see if something had changed I might have seen a .gnu or .gimp on another media file I attempted to listen to. I have downloaded GIMP as a digital editing tool. I did not ask it be my default player or anything.
How can I make WMP my default or check to be sure it is? Hopefully that is the issue. Any other thoughts?