Windows Media Player Slow Playback Problem

By Donna Armstrong

Fixing Media Player slow playbacks will enhance your viewing and listening experience.
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Windows Media Player is a free program that comes with the Windows operating system. This program is used to play audio and video files. One of the most common complaints about Windows Media Player is the occasional slow playback. In most cases, this problem can be fixed by cleaning up and altering the computer slightly.

Step 1

Restart your computer. Many computer problems including slow playback can be fixed by simply restarting the computer. Computers often have processes running in the background that can slow the CPU processing speed.

Step 2

Fix corrupted registry items on your system. The easiest way to fix a computers registry is to use a computer cleanup tool. Many Windows cleaning tools such as Glary Utilities and Spotmau are available for free download online. These tools will detect corrupt registry items and fix them for you.

Step 3

Delete temporary files and uninstall unused programs. Computers often get bogged down with excess data. Cleaning up your hard drive will not only make Media Player run faster, it will make the entire computer run faster. A disk defragment is suggested after the deletion of multiple files and uninstalling multiple files. Click on the "Start" button and go to the programs list. Under "Accessories" you will find the "Disk Defragment" option. Defragmenting your hard drive can take up to 3 hours on the average computer. Uninstalling spyware, adware and viruses is also a good way to speed up the media player program.

Step 4

Disable the system effects on the computer. Computer systems have built in effects that can slow down the processing of audio and video files. To disable these effects, go to the Control Panel. This is normally found in the Start menu on a computer. Locate the "Sound" icon. Then click on the "Playback" tab. Select the "Speakers and Headphones" option and hit the "Enhancement" tab. Click on the option to "Disable System Effects."

Step 5

Update your sound and video drivers. You can update your drivers by right clicking on your computer icon and select "Pproperties" or "Device Manager." Locate the sound card device and right click on the name of the sound device. Select "Update Drivers" from the list that is provided. The computer will scan for drivers and install the updated version if there is one. Repeat the same process for the video card device.

Step 6

Run Windows update to check for Media Player updates. Click on "Windows Updater" in the programs list or the start menu to search for updates.