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    Cool Be Careful! Be VERY Careful!!

    Yesterday, I tried to find a Media Player that would work for Win-8/CP/64.
    There is actually a Windows Media Player in Win-8, but it doesn't seem to want to run. That Metro thing pops up and really messes with it. Grrrrrr!

    So anyway, I did some Googling and came up with a place to download VLC for FREE. Sounded good, but as the download progressed, I became aware that I was under a spyware attack.
    Getting VLC was what I wanted, but what I didn't want was some "off-the-wall" PC Tune-up program and the well known spyware "Weather Bug" loaded with "My Web Search". (a well-known Spyware title, often removed by Malware Bytes)

    I halted the process, did a "System Restore", back to earlier in the day, then after the re-boot, I went into the Program Files folders and deleted "Weatherbug" and that tune-up crap. It was quite a process to get rid of all that stuff. Once bitten, twice shy!

    I've heard that a "Word to the wise is sufficient" so we'll see how that works out. Eh?

    Cheers Mates!
    TechnoMage

    PS: I only wanted to try VLC, because my friend and Software Guru has been using it for years.
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    Default Re: Be Careful! Be VERY Careful!!

    TM, here is the download site for VLC I just checked it by downloading and doing a Save as and it just downloaded the file: vlc-2.0.1.win32.exe into my Downloads folder. I have not installed the app yet, just tried the download. Did not get any piggy backed apps. There were 2 other sites higher on the Google list that were red flagged by WOT that I did not go to. This site was the official VLC site.

    I will actually probably wait until DVD playback is stripped before I install a 3rd party app. I just do not use this option very much on my PC. It's nice to have the option however.
    Last edited by Medico; 05-13-2012 at 08:03 AM.

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    Default Re: Be Careful! Be VERY Careful!!

    Ted,
    I got it. But, since I'm only running the 64 bit version of Win-8, on this PC, I downloaded the (Experimental) 64 bit version of the program.

    Joe,
    I've used and archived all the K-Lite codec packs, for a long time, to share with my Customers, but I must admit I didn't know about the K-Lite Media player. I guess I'll have to take a look.

    TM

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    I just moved my new XP install off of the old-slow-buggy WD drive and onto my Samsung 1TB drive and I must say the blinding speed of the 1TB drive is a very Welcome change. Now my XP boots up in around 30 sec's instead of several minutes.
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    Default Re: Be Careful! Be VERY Careful!!

    Hmmm, I did not see that one, but I'm not actually going to install it for now anyway. Since RP is coming out shortly why bother. I'll look for that at some time if/when I decide to install it. I do not use a media player often anyway, whether in Win 8 CP or Win 7. I just don't use that feature.

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    Default Re: Be Careful! Be VERY Careful!!

    I use VLC all the time when in Windows 7 and now with Windows 8 personally I prefer it above all the other media players, it does the job well is simple to use and if you have a low volume file you can take the volume over 100%. Have not yet tried the 64 bit version but will check it out.

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    Default Re: Be Careful! Be VERY Careful!!

    Well, I not only use Media Player myself, but I have to keep it up to date and Working properly for all my customers.
    So after installing the latest version of the K-Lite Codec Pack for them, I have a dozen or so various Audio-Video files that I use for testing purposes. From some music, written on the Commodore 64, to various comic .wmp files and even one .flv file I made in my front yard, titled simply, , , "Squirrels!"

    So in preparing for setting up Windows 8 for my customers next Christmas, I absolutely MUST have a media player that works.

    An OS without a decent Media Player, would certainly be a Game Changer.
    Just like an OS without a decent Email Program.

    Thanks guys!
    TM
    Last edited by TechnoMage; 05-13-2012 at 12:14 PM.
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    Default Re: Be Careful! Be VERY Careful!!

    Just downloaded and installed the 64bit version of VLC from: videolan.org
    Came without any extras and works great, thanks for the heads up on the 64 bit version!

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    Default Re: Be Careful! Be VERY Careful!!

    VOILA! I fixed it!

    Buried deep inside Win-8 is "Media Player". It's the one with the white arrow in the orange circle inside a box.

    Once I went into "file associations" and associated all my A/V files with "Media Player" all I have to do is click on a file and it opens up 'Media Player' and plays the file, just like in XP. No need for VLC or any other 3rd party players.

    Likewise, I installed "Foxit Reader" so I can read all my .pdf files.
    I guess I'll have to install Office, with Power Point to read all my .ppp files. Eh?
    Or maybe just MS's PP Viewer.

    It looks like all things will be possible, for them that believes.

    Cheers Mates!
    TechnoMage
    Last edited by TechnoMage; 05-13-2012 at 04:21 PM.
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    Default Re: Be Careful! Be VERY Careful!!

    Perseverance my friend. The file associations is a little different than former versions of Windows. I will be holding off on many more changes until Win 8 RP is ready for customizing on my system me thinks.

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