FIX: Windows Media Player 11 cannot play WMV files that contain multiple video streams

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SYMPTOMS

Microsoft Windows Media Player 11 cannot play Windows Media Video (WMV) files when the WMV files contain multiple video streams that are intended to be played at the same time. Windows Media Player only plays one of the video streams.

CAUSE

In Windows Vista, Windows Media Player uses Media Foundation to play video that is stored on the local computer. Media Foundation does not support multiple video streams that are intended to be played at the same time.

RESOLUTION

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, it is intended to correct only the problem that this article describes. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

To resolve this problem, obtain the hotfix from the Microsoft Download Center.

Download information

The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
Windows Vista, 32-bit versions (all languages)
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Windows Vista, 64-bit versions (all languages)
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For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
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File information

The global version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Windows Vista
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Computer.pngNot Applicable4,13613-Dec-200720:00Not Applicable
Dxmasf.dll11.0.6000.65024,09623-Feb-200804:36x86
Msdxm.ocx11.0.6000.65024,09623-Feb-200804:36x86
Renderingcontrol.xmlNot Applicable5,42213-Dec-200720:00Not Applicable
Spwmp.dll6.0.6000.207787,68023-Feb-200804:36x86
Wmp.dll11.0.6000.650210,616,83223-Feb-200804:37x86
Wmp.mofNot Applicable4,88713-Dec-200720:01Not Applicable
Wmpconfig.exe11.0.6000.6502107,52023-Feb-200802:52x86
Wmplayer.exe11.0.6000.6502168,96023-Feb-200802:52x86
Wmploc.dll11.0.6000.65028,147,96823-Feb-200802:52x86
Wmpplayer-ppdlic.xrm-msNot Applicable2,96523-Feb-200804:14Not Applicable
Wmpshare.exe11.0.6000.6502107,52023-Feb-200802:51x86
Dxmasf.dll11.0.6000.65025,12023-Feb-200804:45x64
Msdxm.ocx11.0.6000.65025,12023-Feb-200804:45x64
Spwmp.dll6.0.6000.207789,21623-Feb-200804:45x64
Wmp.dll11.0.6000.650213,585,40823-Feb-200804:46x64
Wmpconfig.exe11.0.6000.6502108,03223-Feb-200803:06x64
Wmplayer.exe11.0.6000.6502171,00823-Feb-200803:06x64
Wmploc.dll11.0.6000.65028,148,48023-Feb-200803:06x64
Wmpshare.exe11.0.6000.6502108,03223-Feb-200803:06x64
Windows Vista Service Pack 1
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Computer.pngNot Applicable4,13618-Dec-200721:17Not Applicable
Dxmasf.dll11.0.6001.71014,09623-Feb-200804:38x86
Msdxm.ocx11.0.6001.71014,09623-Feb-200804:38x86
Renderingcontrol.xmlNot Applicable5,42218-Dec-200721:17Not Applicable
Spwmp.dll6.0.6001.221217,68023-Feb-200804:37x86
Wmp.dll11.0.6001.710110,620,41623-Feb-200804:38x86
Wmp.mofNot Applicable4,88718-Dec-200721:18Not Applicable
Wmpconfig.exe11.0.6001.7101107,52023-Feb-200802:54x86
Wmplayer.exe11.0.6001.7101168,96023-Feb-200802:54x86
Wmploc.dll11.0.6001.71018,147,45623-Feb-200802:54x86
Wmpplayer-ppdlic.xrm-msNot Applicable2,99423-Feb-200804:12Not Applicable
Wmpshare.exe11.0.6001.7101107,52023-Feb-200802:53x86
Dxmasf.dll11.0.6001.71015,12023-Feb-200805:05x64
Msdxm.ocx11.0.6001.71015,12023-Feb-200805:05x64
Spwmp.dll6.0.6001.221219,21623-Feb-200805:05x64
Wmp.dll11.0.6001.710113,419,52023-Feb-200805:06x64
Wmpconfig.exe11.0.6001.7101108,03223-Feb-200803:30x64
Wmplayer.exe11.0.6001.7101171,00823-Feb-200803:30x64
Wmploc.dll11.0.6001.71018,147,96823-Feb-200803:31x64
Wmpshare.exe11.0.6001.7101108,03223-Feb-200803:29x64

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a bug in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

MORE INFORMATION

After you apply this hotfix, Windows Media Player detects the number of streams in the video file. If the video file contains more than one stream, Windows Media Player uses the Windows Media Format SDK instead of Media Foundation to play the video file.

Multi-bitrate (MBR) videos are videos that contain multiple video streams in the Advanced Streaming Format (ASF) file container. In the ASF header, the multiple streams are differentiated by using a mutual exclusion list. Therefore, only one video stream is played at a time. This configuration enables Windows Media Player to choose the best video stream to play based on the bitrate of the connection between a client and a server.

If no mutual exclusion is set, more than one video can play at the same time in separate windows. Typically, one video plays in Windows Media Player and a second video plays in an Active Movie window that Windows Media Player displays to play the second video.

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Article ID: 947403 - Last Review: September 27, 2011 - Revision: 2.0
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  • Windows Media Player 11
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