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Part 1 of this guide will show you how to change the background in Windows Media Player 12 (WMP12) using ‘7’ backgrounds provided by MS.

It’s a simple procedure that involves editing the registry, however, see here before proceeding.

For those that aren’t keen on editing the registry, you can download this zip file which includes all the entries from background ‘0’ to ‘6’.  Just double-click the one you want to try, restart WMP12 and see the changes!

For those that like to do things the manual way, we’ll start with;

Step 1.

Start  by pressing the WinKey+R to call up the run dialog box.  Typing regedit and clicking OK.

RUN - REGEDIT

Step 2.

In the left hand pane of the registry editor, navigate to

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences
WMP1


Step 3.

In the right hand pane navigate down to LibraryBackgroundImage and double-click on it.  Make sure that hexadecimal is checked and enter a number from 0 to 6

in the value data field and click OK.

The default value data is 6.  Each number will display a different background once WMP12 has been restarted.

Before:

WMP12Background3

After:

WMP4

(using the hexadecimal value of 2)

Restoring to Default:

Method 1:  Follow steps 1-3, in the value data field in step 3, enter the hexadecimal value 6.

Method 2:  Download this zip file and merge the default reg file with your registry.



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Comments

  • Debra

    I was thinking of changing my photos background into another background but could’nt. Can you please help me with that?

    I like to change them

    Thank you very much.

  • Debra

    I was thinking of changing my photos background into another background but could’nt. Can you please help me with that?

    I like to change them

    Thank you very much.

  • Infinity

    you need to manually hack the “wmploc.dll” file in your “system32” folder.

  • Exactly. Please see Part 2 of this guide to walk you through how to add custom images.


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