The final gold version 11.0.5721.5145 of Windows Media Player 11 has been released by Microsoft, and Windows users can download Windows Media Player 11 final directly from Microsoft without any WGA validation check and test on Windows OS. However, during installation of WMPlayer 11, there is still Windows Genuine Advantage Validation check required on Windows OS that you plan to install WMP11. If you unable to pass the validation verification, the following tricks and hacks may help you to install Windows Media Player 11.

Method 1

The easiest way to install Windows Media Player 11, and as with Internet Explorer 7 final version, is to patch the Windows registry with WPA hack, as described in ways to bypass validation during installation in IE7 and in method 15 to crack and disable WGA validation and notifications in Windows. The trick insert WPA (Windows Product Activation) related activated value into registry to make the Windows as is genuine, licensed and legal. You can copy and paste the following text to a text file and save the file with .reg extension, then double click on it to merge the registry key into registry, or simply download the wpa_registry.rar or WindowsLicense.rar (removed due to complaint from Microsoft, both has same function) and execute the .reg file contained in the archive to apply the WPA registry setting. Download and install the Windows Media Player 11 once the registry is hacked.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WPAEvents] “OOBETimer”=hex:ff,d5,71,d6,8b,6a,8d,6f,d5,33,93,fd

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion] “CurrentBuild”=”1.511.1 () (Obsolete data – do not use)”

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Method 2

The other method of install and setup WMP11 bypassing and disable the genuine Windows validation of WGA is to install components of WMPlayer part by part.

  1. Download WMP11.
  2. Extract (unrar or unzip) wmp11-windowsxp-x86-enu.exe by using extraction tool such as WinRAR.
  3. Go to the extracted folder, and execute (run) wmfdist11.exe.
  4. Restart the computer.
  5. Execute wmp11.exe.
  6. Restart the computer.
  7. Start using Windows Media Player 11.

Method 3

This step involves usage of the cracked LegitLibM.dll, rename from the patched LegitLib.dll used to install beta version of WMP11 skip genuine Windows validation check.

  1. Download WMPlayer11.
  2. Download WinRAR and install WinRAR extraction tool.
  3. Extract the WMP11 installer by using WinRAR or PowerArchiver to a directory (e.g. wmp11-windowsxp-x86-enu).
  4. Download LegitLibM.dll (removed due to DMCA complaint from Microsoft) (in RAR format, extract after download) from here.
  5. Copy the extracted LegitLibM.dll to the extracted directory of WMP11 installer.
  6. Overwrite any existing LegitLibM.dll file.
  7. Run setup_wm.exe by double clicking.
  8. Install Windows Media Player 11 Final accordingly.

Method 4

Download and install the patched version of WMP11 setup installer (wmp11.exe) (link removed due to complaints from Micrsoft) which has the cracked LegitLibM.dll. Simply download the run the installer to setup the WMPlayer. If you have WMP10 in your system, use WinRAR to extract the contents of the setup file and manually execute setup_wm.exe.

Method 5 New and Easier

Thanks to z, you can now easily upgrade from Windows Media Player 10 (WMP10) to WMP 11 without any hassle about validation, and without downloading any crack or patch.

If you’ve already installed WM11 go to STEP 2.

STEP 1: Go to the old windows media player (WM10), go to Tools–>Options and click on ‘Check for updates once a day.’ Press Apply and then OK.

After a short time a window appears asking if you want to upgrade to a newer version, click OK. System will download WM11 and and install the Media Player 11. After installation restart your PC.

STEP 2: Click on Start –> Search. Click ‘All files and folders’ then search for LegitLibM.dll. (it’s located in C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player folder.)

After LegitLibM.dll is found, right click and rename it to legitlib.dll.

STEP 3: Run WM11, click on validate, it may say ‘unable to validate’ (but that’s a fake message and WMP11 still works, so just click on OK). Then the program will go on to settings or configuration and after you do that the WMP 11 is ready to be used.

Method 2,3 and 4 above is WMP 11 application specific way to crack and bypass WGA in order to download and install WMP11, while method 1 is the workaround that make your Windows genuine, so there won’t be any restriction on installation of WMP11. There are more ways to legitimate your Windows.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational and educational purpose only. Readers should contacts Microsoft if their licensed or OEM software cannot be validated or purchase genuine software.