There are many ways to resolve problems related to Window Media player skins, provided the solution applied is effective and up-to-date. Downloaded skins from the Microsoft website or any sources might not work due to compatibility issues. Windows Media Player has a built-in mechanism that prompts the user on the problem it encounters. Whatever the error it mentions, the most probable causes of the error are:
Wrong operating system. There are versions of the Windows Media Player that can’t run on the Windows they are installed to. The skins do not work because of this problem. Microsoft has developed the following operating systems: Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Each requires its WMP player and appropriate skin. Check the source before downloading any skin whether it is meant for that version or not.
Obsolete Windows media player version. The skins do not work if they are not applied on the right WMP player. You need to upgrade your WMP by updating with the Microsoft Update Center on your control panel.
Wrong updating procedure. You need to regularly update to obtain the latest version for your Windows and for the Windows Media Player.
Wrong skin installed. The skins you downloaded may not come as skins initially but archived as zip files and compressed for downloading. You may need a file compression software such as Winzip or WinRar to unload the skin.
To fix your skin problems, the following steps might help you:
- Upload the latest update for your Windows and for the Windows Media Player.
- Delete the skin you had previously used. You do not need it any longer nor will it be good for repair.
- Download the skin again. Avoid the cut-and-paste method but download a new skin to your desktop.
- You can now change skins as often as you like, but you must be in full mode to do so. To return to full mode, press Ctrl+1.
If that still doesn’t work there might be a problem with the skin itself, but unlikely. Following the steps above entirely removes the old skin, the probable cause of the error, and replace it with a newly downloaded skin. The WMP software is also updated with the latest version so there is no need to worry about compatibility.
For general guidelines, each WMP version works on different OS developed by Microsoft. Windows Media Player 6.1 is for Windows 95 and 98, Windows Media Player 6.4 is for Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0, 2000 and XP, Windows Media Player 7.0 is for Windows 95, 98, 2000 and Me, Windows Media Player 7.1 is for Windows 98, 2000 and Me, Windows Media Player 8.0 is for Windows XP only, Windows Media Player 9 Series for Windows 98 SE, 2000, Me and XP, Windows Media Player 10 is for Windows XP and Server 2003 SP2, Windows Media Player 11 is for Windows Server 2003 SP2 SP3, Vista and XP, Windows Media Player 12 is for Windows 7.
For instance, you are running on Windows 7 version, you should download Windows Media Player 12 as appropriate for such.