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Tuesday, 19 December 2006
Global hotkeys with Windows Media Player / Vista
WMP 11 isn't so bad, but the big criticism of WMP all along is that it doesn't support global hot keys like winamp does.
enter "WMP Keys" from
. It runs like a champ and does the job, using Ctrl-Alt-Right Arrow for next track, Left for previous track etc. you need to register the plugin dll, and when i ran it from the command prompt first of all, it didn't succeed. you need to register it with admin privilege, to do this right click the command prompt in the start menu and run it as administrator.
Tuesday, 19 December 2006 12:29:37 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Tuesday, 18 November 2008 13:44:16 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Hi there. Dude, got some questions about how to make wmpKeys to work on Vista. I would really like it
to work on my computer, and wonder if you could be more specific about how to do. Didn't really undestand
what you meant about "register it" and such. how do you register it and where?
would be really pleased if you answered
Tuesday, 18 November 2008 14:07:55 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
No worries. Here's more detailed instructions.
A DLL needs to be registered for windows to use it. There is a command line tool called RegSvr32.exe which does this job.
To run it, install the WmpKeys MSI and then click Start and type "Command" into the search box. Right click on "Command Promp" and click Run as administrator. Then you get the command prompt (black screen). Type in the following command
regsvr32 "c:\program files\wmpkeys\wmpkeys.dll"
you should get a popup message to say that it worked. Then you go in to WMP and click Tools > Plugins > and make sure there is a tick beside WMPKeys. You should be good to go then!
Wednesday, 19 November 2008 17:49:06 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
hey. I'm having trouble getting this to work. It wont register. I think it's because its built for x86, 32bit system. meaning, it wont work for a 64bit version of vista?
Activation context generation failed for "C:\Program Files (x86)\WMPKeys\wmpkeys.dll". Dependent Assembly Microsoft.VC90.CRT,processorArchitecture="x86",publicKeyToken="1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b",type="win32",version="9.0.21022.8" could not be found. Please use sxstrace.exe for detailed diagnosis.
Wednesday, 19 November 2008 17:51:59 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
hi elgan. i think you're right. another comment came in yesterday about the same thing.
i suggested trying the 64 bit version of the regsvr32 command line utility, but it didn't work. i think a follow up with the developer is the only option, shouldn't be too hard for them to compile a 64-bit version of the DLL.
best of luck
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