As one of the most popular media players in the world, Windows Media Player is welcomed by many users. Windows Media Player can be short for WMP which is developed by Microsoft and used as a digital media player for playing audio and video files and viewing images. As the default media player, undoubtedly, Windows Media Player can provide the easiest and convenient solutions for audio, video and image users due to its simple and professional hardware support.

With time passing by, some of the WMP users may find that this player may encounter some embarrassing problems at times. One of the common issues is that the Windows Media Player doesn't respond no matter how hard you tried which usually said "Windows Media Player has stopping working". If you have also been confused by the windows media player crashing problem, you can stop here to refer to the following parts for its reasons and solutions.

Part 1. What are the reasons for Windows Media Player crashing?

Why does Windows Media Player keep crashing? In order to solve the windows media player crashing problem, you have to figure out the reasons behind the problem. The error message occurs on Windows 11, 12, Vista, XP and 8. Usually the reasons why Windows Media Player crashes due to the problem of Digital Rights Management.


This problem happens with a key called Indiv01_64.key which refers to the Digital Rights Management. If the cache is damaged or corrupted, then you will not be able to play on Windows Media Player. On the other hand, many reasons may result in the damage of the DRM, like any changes of the hardware, network streaming settings, the WMP settings, the corruption of the WMP library and so on. In order to solve the Windows Media Player crashing problem, let's try the following solutions.

Part 2. How to solve Windows Media Player crashing problem?

Solution 1. Reinstall Windows Media Player.

Sometimes if some changes of the media player or the computer, then it may cause the Windows Media Player crashing problem. You can simply reinstall the WMP and restart it immediately to solve the problem. First of all, go to "Start" on the left bottom corner on the computer to find the "Turn Windows features On or Off". After browsing the Media Features, place a check in front of WMP and restart the computer.

Solution 2. Rebuild the Digital Rights Management.

Since the reasons why Windows Media Player crashes mainly due to the corruption of the DRM cache, then you have to fix the DRM cache in order to successfully solve the Windows Media Player crashing problem. First of all, you can open you C drive to look for the DRM cache which is under the file of Program Data > Microsoft > Windows> DRM cache. After opening it, you can find a few files in it. You only need to delete these files and put the new licenses you have got from the Windows Media Player. Finally restart WMP and you can play playbacks without any crashes.

Part 3. How to play videos with Leawo Blu-ray Player as the WMP alternative?

Why does Windows Media Player keep crashing? After referring to the above information, you may have a general outline of the reasons and solutions. But sometimes, you may lose the patience in solving the problem. Then maybe you can choose a more convenient and quick way that is to use another media player as the WMP alternative. In such a case, you can choose to use another media player as the WMP alternative.

In my point of view, Leawo Blu-ray Player is the best WMP alternative. It doesn't only contain all the functionalities of the above plug-ins, but also allows you to enjoy the best audio and video quality with the advanced audio and video processing technology. Leawo Blu-ray Player is a powerful all-in-one free media player which can provide solutions to all of the common formats. Besides, its personalized editing features allow you to experience a customized video and audio. It is also easy to be handled.


Leawo Free Blu-ray Player 

☉ 100% free movie player for Mac users to play Ultra HD 4K, 1080P and 720P video for free.

☉ Free Blu-ray disc player to play 4K Blu-ray disc and 1080P Blu-ray disc, regardless of disc protection and region code.

☉ Support multiple audio decoding systems like Dolby, DTS, AAC, TrueHD, DTS-HD, etc.

☉ Adjust subtitles, video and audio during media playback.

With advanced image and audio processing technology, Leawo Free Blu-ray Player software could provide you quality-lossless image for even 4K video, stereo audio enjoyment, all regions free DVD decryption and user-oriented playback control. Besides, Leawo Blu-ray Player's practical bonus features including useful power manager, custom skin / language / background, snap screenshots, especially virtual remote controller make it a better choice for all playback choice. Furthermore, within Leawo Blu-ray Player, you could obtain the personalized settings according to your preference and all the settings could be done automatically. The instructions for playing are quite easy.

Step 1. Download Leawo Blu-ray Player and install it.

Step 2. Enter the main interface and load the file on the computer by clicking the "Open File" button on the home interface. When you have imported the file, then you can see it on the playlist.


Leawo Blu-ray Player supports all kinds of input formats, including DVD/Blu-ray disc or ISO files. So if your file contains menu, you will be able to operate on the menu to choose chapters. Use mouse to navigate DVD menu and use Virtual remote controller to navigate Blu-ray menu.


Step 3. Set the video and audio parameters. After loading the playback, you can set the video and audio parameters to obtain the personalized watching experience. You can move your mouse to the left upper corner and you can see four icons. Click the second and third icon, then you can enter the video and audio settings respectively.


Part 4. Comparison chart of Windows Media Player and Leawo Blu-ray Player

Windows Media Player and Leawo Blu-ray Player both offers good quality in audio and video. You can compare these two media players from the comparison chart as below to decide which one is suitable for you.

Leawo Blu-ray Player Windows Media Player
Supported formats Blu-ray disc, DVD disc, DVD folder, HD video, ISO files, audio, MKV, MP4, MOV, AVI and more AVCHD, m2ts, mts, avi, avs, divx, ivf ,mp4, m4v, mov, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and more
Applicable system Windows and Mac Only Windows
Features Free media player for Blu-ray/DVD disc, HD video, ISO file and audio. Convert Blu-ray and DVD to MKV format Listen to CD and music files. Watch DVD disc, rip audio CD, copy music, photos, videos. Burn CD or DVD, get files synced to portable devices, it is accessible to online media stores.

Seen from the chart, it seems that Leawo Blu-ray player and Windows Media Player have their respective advantages. They both are free media players. But actually, there is limit in WMP volume control and the choice in sound quality. And the files are limited in MP3 and Windows formats. It is less flexible in the format compatibility.

In contrast, Leawo Blu-ray Player is superior to Windows Media Player, as it has two available version including Mac and Windows version. It is a professional and smart media player which offers the best solution to media playback.

Besides that, even the DVD discs are protected by regions and movie studios, they are still played with original quality by Leawo Blu-ray player without any limit. Furthermore, kinds of formats like MKV, MP4, TS formats, and other formats are supported by this free media player.

Above all, Leawo Blu-ray player is developed based on advanced technology of image and audio processing, user can fully enjoy this home theater system with great experience, the stereo audio and the playback control with user-oriented feature make the users watch their favorite movies at home the same as at the cinema.