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Solved Problems with Windows Media Files on Windows Server 2008

August 31, 2009

I recently discovered that when running J River’s Media Center on Windows Server 2008 (specifically Small Business Server 2008) no WMA files showed up inside the application (in the Drives and Devices view); nor could such files be played, imported or streamed as MP3s to our Roku Soundbridges.

After a couple of hours of work, I discovered that the problem lay in the fact that Windows Server 2008 does not have Windows Media Player installed by default. Instead it must be installed by “enabling the Vista user experience.” Enabling the Vista user experience is fairly straightforward, although it does require a reboot. The instructions can be found here.

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