Reasons Why My Media Player Will Not Play CDs

by Edie Grace

Windows Media Player should automatically find and play CDs once a CD is inserted. If Media Player is not playing CDs, there are a number of possible reasons. However, if Media Player will play DVDs and MP3 files, the reasons can be narrowed and fixed.

Copy Protection

One reason why Windows Media Player will not recognize a CD is because it is copy-protected. Copy-protection is what CD manufacturers use to ensure that CDs cannot be ripped to a media player and copied to another disc or personal media player. Usually Windows Media Player can play copy-protected CDs, but if you have downgraded to an earlier version of the software, the Digital Rights Management (DRM) security features of the media player may be disabled. This can be fixed by reinstalling the software.

Disc Errors

The CDs themselves may be flawed. If the CDs are not official copies of an album, they may have been ripped incorrectly. Physical damage can also prevent a CD from being played. Check for damage to the CD and try to play it in other media devices. If the CD will not play in other devices, the disc is at fault.

Sound Card or Driver Needs Updating

Your computer's sound card or driver may be at fault. Check for any available updates for your sound card or driver on the manufacturer's website. Install any updates found. If you do not have a sound device in your computer, install one as CDs cannot be played without one.

Media Player Incorrectly Installed

Something may have gone wrong when Windows Media Player was being installed. Uninstalling and reinstalling the device will fix this.

Registry Key

Other media players or third-party applications may have disabled or changed the registry key. When this happens, the error code "0xC00D1197" may be displayed. Uninstalling these other applications will not fix the problem as the registry key will remain changed. You can search for the registry key and delete. However, this step can cause problems with your operating system, so it should only be attempted as a last resort.

About the Author

Edie Grace has been writing and editing since 2008. Her work has been published in medical magazines and aired on radio. She has written about skin conditions, cardiovascular health and surgery. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and music and a Master of Arts in journalism.

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