Media Player in Vista and Codec Hell
I have installed Vista Ultimate, and I have been unsuccessfully trying to get a whole bunch of older video files playing on Windows Media player lately. I have to say the general codec support that comes shipped is pretty poor. At least 75% of my files cannot be played. You might be saying, just go download the codec’s. Well thats often easier said than done, particularly when it comes to the .ASF format. I have a small video camera that uses the .ASF format, and the software that comes with it, that I assume installs the ASF drivers, if ofcourse incompatible with Vista. Trying to find an ASF codec to use is pretty damn hard and I have had no luck thus far.
In fact, I have wasted a few days on searching for something (no not solid searching but on and off). At any rate, I have come to the conclusion that its pretty much a waste of my time.
A better use of your time would be a 5 minute download and install of the DivX player. You install it, and IJW (It just works), ASF format included.
Goodbye media player.