ratbrain wrote:my only remaining thought is if there is a way to force media center to open wmp x86 by default. ? is there a way to do this?
If you're looking for a minimalists approach to codec installation, I suggest that you use my STANDARD Codecs release.
If you feel the need to have FFDshow and Haali, then the ADVANCED Codecs is your only option.
It is my opinion that the above deprecated software's are not required by the average user.
WMC does not use WMP for video playback but both the 32 and 64bit Media Center use the 32bit WMP for audio playback.
When using the Windows players and my codec releases,
be sure to check the box for the [x] SUGGESTED settings at the end of the installation.