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Workaround for KB 933245 – Lsm.exe Handle Leak

May 25th, 2007 by Patrick S

Consider the following scenario. If you have a computer that uses a high definition audio device, which is running Microsoft Windows Vista, and you are using Windows Media Player 11, handles and memory may be lost because of a leak in the Lsm.exe process.

As you fast forward through your Windows Media Player library, or have a playlist set to repeat, you may lose a large amount of handles in a short amount of time. This can lead to performance degradation and in some cases, “out of memory” error messages and other unexpected behavior. If you review the Task Manager you may notice that Lsm.exe is consuming a large amount of memory.

This issue only occurs if the following statements are true:

  • Your computer utilizes a High Definition Audio Device
  • You are running Windows Vista, or Windows Vista 64-bit.
  • You are using Windows Media Player 11 to play back audio files.

There is a hotfix available from Microsoft to resolve this issue, however in some cases this may not resolve the issue. The following workaround is a method that I have tested on several systems that exhibit this issue and have found that it does indeed resolve the issue.

  • Click on Start, and then click on Control Panel.
  • Click on Hardware and Sound.
  • Under Sound, click on “Manage audio devices”.
  • Select your output device in the list that appears (the default output devices is commonly labelled “Speakers”)
  • Right click on the device and from the context menu click on Properties.
  • In the “Properties” window, click on the “Enhancements” tab.
  • Tick/check the option box for “Disable all enhancements”.
  • Click on OK to dismiss the properties window.
  • Click on OK to dismiss the “Sound” window.
  • Close the Control Panel window by clicking the Close (”X”) button at the top right of the window.

NOTE: You will have to restart your computer in order to reclaim previously lost memory and handles.

This article was posted by MSBLOG’s Kristen Kenny on his personal blog:

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Install Windows Media Player 11 on Windows Server 2003

December 17th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Aye, I’ve finally worked out a way how to do this, and as far as I can see from 5 test machines running Windows Server 2003, Standard; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise; Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter, Windows Server 2003 x64 Enteprise… it works.

1) Download the Windows Media Player 11 setup file from here and save to disk.
2) Run the setup file – the first thing you should see if a validation checker. Just leave this up, don’t go any further.
3) Search the hard drive for “wmp11.exe” – it should be in a temporary directory somewhere. Right click the file in the search then click “Open containing folder” (and not open).
4) Open and run the wmfdist11.exe file, then umdf.exe and wmdbexport.exe. Be warned, you may need to run these files in Compatibilty Mode. Simply right click each file, click Properties. Go to the Compatibility tab, then ensure that Windows XP is selected.
5) After all these are installed, you must restart (very important.)
6) Once you’ve restarted, run the wmp11.exe file in the same directory – this also may require compatibility settings being applied to it. Restart once more.
7) Back into Windows again, go to Start, Run then type in wmplayer then OK. Configure as you like, and viola it’s done 🙂

Any questions?
Post em here 😉

Posted in Media Center/Media Player, Windows Server System, Windows XP | 103 Comments »

Windows Media Player 10 Mobile – erm, what?

October 8th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Windows Mobile 5.0 devices (which the new operating system I despise because it’s just the epitome of crap) have Windows Media Player 10 Mobile on by default which offers apparently a whole load more for Windows Mobile devices… other than the new skin (sure..) but I want it, and I’m not gonna spend a whole load of money on a new Windows Mobile 5.0 device because I hate the operating system on it. But look at what I found…


That to me, says that Windows Mobile 2003 SE can have Windows Media Player 10 Mobile on it… but where the hell is it? I’ve never seen a download and/or a Windows Mobile 2003 SE device with Windows Media Player 10 Mobile on it… and I want it!! Any ideas anyone?

Posted in Media Center/Media Player, Windows Mobile | 7 Comments »

MSBLOG Exclusive: Windows Server 2003 won’t get Windows Media Player 11

October 7th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker



My God, shocking news coming from over the network… Windows Server fans, listen up and listen carefully. It’s not fully confirmed (duhh, because Microsoft hasn’t said anything about it yet) but here’s the shocking news – Windows Media Player 11 will only be available for Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista… absolutely nothing for Windows Server 2003.

Now I see that as kinda unfair to be honest – I use Windows XP MCE 2005 on my lappy, and Windows Server 2003 Enterprise R2 on my desktop beside me, because it’s a hell of a lot more stable than Windows XP. But knowing I can’t get Windows Media Player 11 on it *shocks* me… *shock* and disbelief.

Actually I think we could probably forsee it from the start… and it’s not confirmed… but that’s just what I’m hearing from various sources. Waiting for an official feed from the Vista team, until then lets just hope that it’s untrue I tell thee, untrue!

Posted in Media Center/Media Player, MS News, Windows Server System | 9 Comments »

Windows Live Media Center – Liveside reveals more information

October 2nd, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Remember – you saw it first here! – more details to come from our soures soon, but it’s been a busy couple of weeks for me so haven’t had time to type it all up yet. A beta should be available by the end of 2006, and final naming of the product is still not set yet, although we get the idea it might be Windows Live Media Center; not confirmed but a bloody good guess. It’ll be a long beta, spanning at least 6 months until it’s released – probably nearer the Vista SP1/Longhorn Server launch than the actual finished launch of Vista itself so late 2007 as a guess, but as Chris says, the project is on hold for various reasons (Vista related, not Live related, that’s what I know :))

Quote – Liveside

Codename Nemo is designed to be an add-on for Windows Vista (Home Premium and Vista Ultimate editions), that integrates Spaces, Messenger and Live Call into a UI designed for large monitors and TVs. Nemo essentially creates a Windows Live Media Center, and is optimized for use by Microsoft Media Center remote, as well as keyboard. Of particular note is the 3D Gallery view for browsing Windows Live Spaces, shown below, presumably built using the new Windows Presentation Foundation that will be included in Windows Vista.

By bringing Windows Live to the living room, Microsoft could expose users to its online services in a way that competitors such as Google or Yahoo have not yet exploited. With content plus advertisers equaling revenue, this can only be a good thing for MSN. Adding MSN Soapbox or MSN Originals integration into this Windows Live package could present Microsoft with a content delivery method that really starts to move the PC out of the office. Combine this with live concert streaming thanks to MSN’s recent partnership with Control Room, and suddenly the Media Center PC has much more to offer. Nemo would make upgrading to Vista a lot more attractive for the Windows Live fans too.

Although initial indicators that Nemo would be in beta by the end of 2006, the project now appears to be on hold, for reasons unknown. We have heard it was demoed at MGX 2006, an internal-only Microsoft conference for those working in global sales and evangelism, so we’re expecting (and hoping) to see it back on track soon.

(Concept design only – more information to come soon!)

Posted in Media Center/Media Player, Windows Live, Windows Vista | 1 Comment »

The BBC and Microsoft – exploring new digital media together

September 28th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Here’s the press release from the BBC:

Quote (slightly edited)
The BBC has signed an agreement with Microsoft to explore ways of developing its digital services. The non-exclusive memorandum of understanding sets out a framework for joint projects between the two organisations.

This includes plans for next-generation web 2.0 and ways to share online content in the future. BBC director general Mark Thompson said there had been unprecedented rates of change in technology. He said: “To ensure that the BBC is able to embrace the creative challenges of the digital future, we need to forge strategic partnerships with technology companies and distributors for the benefit of licence payers.”

Mr Thompson and Ashley Highfield, director of new media and technology at the BBC, met Microsoft chairman Bill Gates on Wednesday as part of a fact-finding tour in Seattle, US. They are also speaking to other companies, including Real Networks, IBM and the makers of the virtual world Second Life. A BBC spokeswoman said the memorandum of understanding was the beginning of a dialogue between Microsoft and the BBC.

Potential areas of collaboration include search and navigation, distribution and “content enablement”. However, any procurement of new technology with the company would be subject to regulatory approval. Bill Gates said: “Microsoft’s strength is in driving digital innovation, and our vision is to open up rich, new consumer experiences that allow people to enjoy digital content anytime, anywhere and on any device.

“This vision fits squarely with the BBC’s charter to lead the industry in delivering content that is compelling and accessible.”

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