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The Microsoft® Windows Media® Player 9 Series Software Development Kit (SDK) provides information and tools to customize Windows Media Player and to use the Windows Media Player ActiveX® control. This documentation also provides information about using Windows Media metafiles

Support for customizing Windows Media Player is provided by:

Windows Media Player skins. Skins allow you both to customize the Player user interface and to enhance its functionality by using XML.
Windows Media Player plug-ins. Windows Media Player includes support for plug-ins that create visualization effects, that perform digital signal processing (DSP) tasks, that add custom user interface elements to the full mode Player, and that render custom data streams in digital media files created using the Advanced Systems Format (ASF) file format.

Embedding the Windows Media Player control is supported for a variety of technologies, including:

HTML in Web browsers. Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator version 4.7x browsers are supported.
Programs created with the Microsoft Visual C++® development system.
Programs based on Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC).
Programs created using the Microsoft .NET Framework, including programs written in the C# programming language.
Microsoft Office.

Release Notes for Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 Series SDK

January 2003

This document provides late-breaking or other information that supplements the documentation for the Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 Series Software Development Kit (SDK).

Known issues

Using the Player control with Visual Basic .NET

If you use Microsoft Visual Basic® .NET to create a project that embeds the Windows Media Player ActiveX® control, the project may raise an exception. To avoid this issue, you must first remove (or comment) the following line of code from the code that is generated automatically by Visual Basic .NET: Me.AxWindowsMediaPlayer1.enabled = True

Using an auto playlist from the Internet

Using an auto playlist to query the user's Media Library is not supported for Web pages that users access over the Internet.
File name extension registry settings
Changing the Runtime value for a file name extension that Windows Media Player registers by default will have no effect. The Player will always use the default Runtime value for files having a file name extension that is registered by default. This registry value is designed to allow runtime configuration for custom file name extensions.
Windows Media Player 6.4 compatibility
You may experience changes in the behavior of the Windows Media Player 6.4 ActiveX control after installing Windows Media Player 9 Series.

System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows XP


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