Windows Media Player control is greyed out in toolbox

I'm trying to use the Windows Media Player control on an .aspx web form page in design mode using Visual Web Developer 2005 Express. I have added the correct references and succeeded in adding the correct control to the toolbox; however, the WMP control is grey-out, and I can't use it. How can I get this control enabled? How else can I add a WMP control to my .aspx page and be able to reference the object library using VB.NET? Please help!

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The Windows Media Player control is not available for use on webpages. If you have a windows form you can place a WMP on there. If you know html you can use that to place a wmp section on an aspx page.

7/17/2007 3:07:51 PM

Hi mcparente,

I agree with bolinc, the control is the WinForm control which is not available for Web Form project. To play the video in aspx page, please refer to the following code.

<html xmlns="" >
<head runat="server">
    <title>Untitled Page</title>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
            <embed src="test.wmv"></embed>


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7/18/2007 3:29:00 AM

Visual Studio no longer supports ActiveX controls in the Web toolbox. If you wish to use ActiveX controls such as WMP, you have to manually type <object> or <embed> elements in Source view.



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7/23/2007 5:25:22 AM

To use WMP,provided its available use

<embed></embed> tag in transitional 4.01 doctype


<object> in XHTML

Not sure if there is anything in VS2005 to do that.

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7/23/2007 12:56:20 PM


can u tell how to add windows media player componenent and sound recoder in web application.(dotnet)

11/10/2008 5:47:57 AM

Use the following code to embed a windows media control in your webapplication:


<OBJECT ID="Player" 
                    <PARAM name="autoStart" value="True"> 
                    <PARAM name="URL" value="Files/Audio/Miami.mp3"> 
                    <PARAM name="rate" value="1"> 
                    <PARAM name="balance" value="0"> 
                    <PARAM name="enabled" value="true"> 
                    <PARAM name="enabledContextMenu" value="true"> 
                    <PARAM name="fullScreen" value="true"> 
                    <PARAM name="playCount" value="1"> 
                    <PARAM name="volume" value="100"> 

 Hope this helps.

Regards, Guido

5/1/2009 11:39:34 AM

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