How annoying it is when you want to stream your favorite audio or video and Windows media player shows an error C00D11B1? That error message ‘Windows Media Player encountered the problem while playing the file’ is even more annoying. Windows Media Player is considered to be the safest and most trustworthy media player. But, this issue is one of the common issues we all get with Windows Media Player. If you are facing the same issue, we have compiled some solutions to fix this error for you. These issues can help you to resolve the error C00D11B1.
Reasons for the C00D11B1 error
Your windows player might show you the error C00D11B1 because of following reasons-
1- Damaged or corrupted windows registry file.
2- Incorrect settings of UDP and proxy.
3- System files that are malicious or virus infected.
4- Unknowingly deletion of Windows media player supporting files.
5- corrupted windows media player software download.
6- Incorrect File extension.
How to fix the C00D11B1 error?
Following are some solutions that may help you to fix this error. Let’s check them-
1. Check your media file extension
Windows media player is designed to support almost all extensions like MP4, .wmv etc. But when you download any media from YouTube or third-party source, that extensions like .flv are sometimes not supported by windows media player.
Check if your media file extension. If it is not supported by WMP you can play them in other players like VLC, but downloading them can be harmful to your computer and may void brand warranty.
2. Reinstall Windows media player
The problem in playing your media file can occur because of corrupted windows media player files. In such case, you can reinstall the windows media player which will replace corrupted files.
Follow these steps to reinstall.
1- Open Run window on your computer by pressing win+R keys. Give command for the control panel, or you can directly type control panel in the search bar and open it.
2- In control panel, click on Programme and features. Then in the left panel go to Turn Windows features on or off.
3- You will see a list of programmes, expand media features and look for windows media player.
4- uncheck the box of windows media player and click OK.
5- Reboot the system, windows media player will get installed again automatically (your system should be connected to the internet).
3. Turn off Antivirus temporarily
Your antivirus may prevent windows media player to play the suspicious media file. To fix it, you can disable antivirus temporarily and restart your computer. You can later enable antivirus again whenever you want.
4. Update windows
If a particular extension media files are not working on your windows media player, then there might be an issue with windows files. To resolve this update the windows. Follow these steps to update-
1- Go to the settings of the system by clicking on the gear icon.
2- Click update and security option.
3- Click the button check for updates. It will check for the available updates, then click Update Now.
4- Once it gets over, Restart your computer.
5. Check for recently Installed programmes
Your media player may not work correctly if it gets any interrupted by any newly installed programme. To check it –
1- Go to control panel using the search option.
2- Change the view of the category on the top right corner. Click uninstall a programme.
3- Once you get the list of all the programmes, change the view to details. Now you can sort the programmes by date.
4- check the recently installed programmes that look suspicious, or related to audio or video. Uninstall such programmes and restart your computer. Try playing windows media player, it should solve your problem.
6. Disable Windows media player
Another solution you can try to solve error is disabling windows media player. This solution has solved the problem for many. But, this can disable some of the features of windows media player. To disable follow these steps-
1- Open the Run window by pressing win+R keys. Type command ‘services.msc’ and click enter.
2- Find the Windows media player network sharing service from the appeared list of services.
3- Right click on it and click properties.
4- A window will appear, change the startup type to Disabled. Tap on Apply and then click OK.
5- Restart your computer and try playing the media again.
7. Correct the Proxy settings
The issue might appear due to incorrect proxy settings. You can correct it here by following instructions-
1-Go to the Microsoft website first and search for correct proxy settings.
2- Go to control panel and Click tools.
3- Check if your internet and media player settings are matching with the website’s information. If not correct it.
8. System restore
You can also try the system restore option if nothing works. It will undo recent changes of system and can help you to run windows media player smoothly. Below are the steps for system restore-
1- Go to the start menu and type system restore in the search bar.
2- Click create restore point.
3- In the appeared window click system restore.
4- Now choose a restore point and click restore. It will restore your computer to the previous state. Reboot it and try windows media player again.
These were some methods that can help you to run windows media player smoothly and solve the error. If you are still not satisfied with the performance, you can check the best Windows Media Player alternatives article for more info. If you have any other working solution please share with us.