Here's how to make this error happen. Download just about any video from the internet. WMP dies. Try this-> Play that file with VLC PLAYER and usually it works. I am not offering a fix for WMP as I have found it to never be a sure thing.
On my laptop, whenever I try to play anything on my windows media player (WMP 11), after a moment or two I always get one of those boxes that says "Windows Media Player has encountered a problem and needs to close." Then it forces me to either send the error reporting message or close windows media player. i've tried reinstalling WMP11 but i still get the same problems. Any ideas?