Playing a CD in Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player is the Media Player that comes bundled with Windows. I'm sure you're aware of it, it's actually pretty useful. Microsoft has recently released the latest version of Windows Media Player that they're now on version 11!

Windows Media Player is capable of playing all types of different Media it can play Videos and Music. The music can either be from CD or MP3.

The first time I got a computer with a CD-Rom Drive I was amazed at how easy it was to play an Audio CD on it! It was absolutely amazing, quite often while I'm working I'll put on a CD using my Computer to entertain myself!

Windows Media Player 11 has been completely redesigned it now brings a completely new look and feel to your entertainment suite. One of the main problems with previous versions of Windows Media Player was that it did not include a DVD Decoder. Unfortunately this has not been rectified in this most recent release to play a DVD you must have another Decoder installed.

Windows Media Player 11 is great for playing Audio CD's, so how can you play an Audio CD?
There are two methods, the first is using the auto run feature of your Computers CD-ROM drive if it is enabled, this is the easiest.

  1. Insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive.
  2. Close the tray.
  3. Select Windows Media Player from the list of Programs.
  4. Click OK and your CD will play automatically.

There is another way of playing Audio CD's in Windows Media Player, if the CD is already in your drive then its pointless ejecting it and putting it back in.

Or you might have to use this method if your Computer has auto run disabled.

  1. Insert the CD into your CD-Rom drive, and close the tray.
  2. Click the arrow under the “Now playing” tab.
  3. Select the CD that you want to play.

If you want to eject the Disc you do not have to reach down to the button on the front of your Drive, you can right click the navigational pane in WMP 11 and select eject! What a convenience!
To skip between tracks use the forward and backward skip buttons in the players controls.

Windows Media Player even has advanced controls you can use it to rip CD's to your Hard Drive. You can use just this software to convert your CD's into MP3 Files that you can load onto your MP3 Player! Just do not go sharing these files with anyone else.

It's easy to set Windows Media Player as your Default Player, if it does not do so automatically when installed then do the following:

  1. Open your control Panel.
  2. Click on “Add Remove Programs”.
  3. Double click “Custom”.
  4. Change the default Player to “Windows Media Player”.
  5. Click ok.

Windows Media Player is a really easy to use program, especially for playing something like Audio CD's! It automatically contacts an Internet Server to find out the correct Names for all the tracks on your CD.

Source by Morten Hansen

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