How to display the toolbar, the Windows Media Player to the taskbar in Windows 7
Many Windows users are using a beautiful and simple Windows Media Player to play audio and video files, even despite the fact that there are many better and more advanced alternatives.
A well-known fact that Windows 7 is not the possibility of minimizing Windows Media Player to the task bar. If you don’t know what it is, this is a feature that when you minimize WMP window as if the player integrates into the taskbar.
Many former XP users and Vista really miss this feature, but using the following guide, you will again be able to enjoy it.
Step 1: Download the file wmpband.dll here. If you have a 64-bit edition of the operating system, download this version of your file.
Step 2: Copy the downloaded file to C:Program FilesWindows Media Player or in C:Program Files (x86)Windows Media Player if you have a 64-bit version of Windows 7.
Step 3: Now, make sure you have disabled «Service network shares Windows Media Player». Type services into the search bar in the start menu and press Enter to launch Services window. Locate the desired service in the list and stop it.
Step 4: Open a command prompt as administrator and run the following command, where «c» is the drive letter where you have Windows 7:
regsvr32 “c:Program FilesWindows Media Playerwmpband.dll”
Use this command if you have 64-bit version of Windows 7:
regsvr32 “c:Program Files (x86)Windows Media Playerwmpband.dll”
After a few seconds you will see this message:
Step 5: Run WMP and minimize it.
Step 6: Click the right mouse button on the taskbar and select «Panel — > Windows Media Player». Click «Yes» if you receive a message that «the Toolbar is the Windows Media Player is incompatible with this version of Windows».
That’s all! Now you can control playback directly from the taskbar. By the way, the method works in Windows 8.1.