Using Media Player plugin in Firefox on Windows Vista

For some reason Microsoft decided to stop distributing the Netscape plug-in with the Media Player in Windows Vista. Clearly the ability to play Windows Media is required in all web browsers on all Microsoft operating systems, Microsoft having made the technology one of the most common Internet media formats.

The workaround I have found involves 3 simple steps:

  • Downloading the Netscape plug-in from Microsoft
  • Extract the file contents
  • Install it in FireFox.

The following Microsoft page lists the Netscape plug-in at the bottom:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download/alldownloads.aspx

The download you need to save (not run) is called: “Windows Media Player Plug-In for Netscape”.

Download the file to your desktop. Using an archive manager such as 7-zip, extract the EXE file contents. With 7-zip, this is as simple as right-clicking and saying “Extract Files…” to extract all files to a folder.

Inside the archive there are several DLL files. To install support for Media Player, simply copy the file “npdsplay.dll” to your FireFox plug-in directory. Typically this is C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugins.

You can check the plug-in is installed correctly by clicking here: about:plugins

You should see the plug-in listed as “Windows Media Player Plug-in Dynamic Link Library”

1 Comment »

  1. Alex said,

    April 18, 2007 @ 5:14 pm

    A guy at Microsoft has released a Media Player plugin which is compatible with Vista.

    http://port25.technet.com/pages/windows-media-player-firefox-plugin-download.aspx

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