Guide To Error C00D2762 In Windows Media Player

“Unable to contact the server for the requested operation.” – While playing license tracks…  Problem was fixed by modifiying WMDRM\DisableOneline key (Needs to be set to 0?)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WMDRM\DisableOnline to be set to 0  (to acquire licenses)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsMediaPlayer\PreventCDDVDMetadataRetrieval to be set to 0 (to download automatically the metadata)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsMediaPlayer\PreventMusicFileMetadataRetrieval to be set to 0 (” to download the titles)

Understanding DirectShow Merits

Every DirectShow Filter on your system has a merit associated with it.  These merit’s determine which filter will be used in order to build the filter graph, which then enables video/audio to be decoded and rendered.  Below are merit values in DirectShow…


    MERIT_PREFERRED     = 0x800000

    MERIT_NORMAL        = 0x600000

    MERIT_UNLIKELY      = 0x400000

    MERIT_DO_NOT_USE    = 0x200000

    MERIT_SW_COMPRESSOR = 0x100000

    MERIT_HW_COMPRESSOR = 0x100050


Just a quick example here, I have and both registered on my system. These are both MPEG-2 decoders, is Moonlight/Elecard’s and is NVIDIAs.  I would prefer NVIDIAs to be used over Elecard’s at all times, in fact I want to force that to happen.


Thus, setting the merit as 0x800000 for would tell any application that uses DirectShow to use NVIDIAs decoder over Elecard’s.  Some applications might manually override this, most don’t.  In addition, I could set the merit for Elecard’s decoder to 0x200000 and it would never be constructed into a graph.


However, be aware that if you set a merit at the lowest and for whatever reason the filter you wanted to be used is not available (Reasons: Unregistered, deleted, etc) most applications will let you know, generally in a non-user friendly way, that DirectShow can not build that graph at all, leaving you trying to play a file that can not be decoded/rendered.


Some companies now ship configuration programs to set the merit through their own software applications, others don’t.  There are many applications to you can use the set the merits of filters, for example RadLight Filter Manager.


Merit’s can be used Unregistering filters in order to troubleshoot playback also, but you need to know what you are doing in order to correctly change merit values.


Warning:  Changing or messing with filters and/or merit’s can leave you at a point where you are basically screwed for getting correct media playback.  The information presented above should only be used if (1) You know what you are doing (2) Have backed up your system before hand.  This is very basic information, if you would like to know more about DirectShow please visit MSDN.



MSN Video Downloads Launch

Microsoft Launches Online Video Service for Windows Mobile-Based Devices | Microsoft Corp. today announced the launch of MSN Video Downloads, which will provide daily television programming, including video content from, Food Network, FOX Sports and IFILM Corp., for download to Windows Mobile-based devices such as Portable Media Centers and select Smartphones and Pocket PCs.


The following programming will be available on MSN Video Downloads:

  • News and business headlines updated throughout the day, as well as segments from “Today”

  • BreakTV. Behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive interviews with television’s hottest celebrities

  • COOKIE JAR Entertainment Inc., a global producer and marketer of children’s entertainment, offering children’s programs such as “Paddington Bear,” “Animal Crackers” and many other popular kids’ television series

  • DIY Network. Videos about home improvement, crafts, hobbies, indoor-outdoor living, and kitchen and bath remodeling

  • FINE LIVING TV Network. Inspiring programs featuring travel destinations, mind and body enrichment, ideas for entertaining and home design as well as videos for automobile enthusiasts

  • FOX Sports. In-depth news, analysis and unparalleled national and regional coverage of the National Football League, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, the National Basketball Association, and select college basketball and football highlights, as well as FOX Sports Net original programming including “The Best Damn Sports Show Period” and “Beyond the Glory”

  • Food Network. Fun and interesting videos featuring grilling tips, ideas for entertaining, healthy eating, quick-and-easy recipes and pop-culture food specials

  • Fun Little Movies. Specializing in original, live-action comedy content; new “Fun Funny Phone Films” including the following series: humorous headlines in “Comedy USA,” sci-fi parody “Spacey Movie,” and the “Mini-Bikers,” where little people on little motorcycles fight crime, a little at a time

  • Headliners Entertainment Group Inc. (OTCBB:HLEG), the operator of Rascals Comedy Clubs, presenting a selection of comedy clips from Rascals Comedy Classics, including performances from popular stars such as Tim Allen, Rosie O’Donnell, Drew Carey and Ray Romano; only Rascals can bring viewers comedy superstars, before they were stars, and the breaking stars of tomorrow, today

  • Home & Garden Television (HGTV). Selected programs featuring remodeling, home-building, design and decorating, kitchen and bath to enhance a home’s curb appeal

  • IFILM. Movie trailers, viral videos, short films and other IFILM-exclusive content

  • TotalVid. Deep selection of action sports clips including surfing, snowboarding, skiing, windsurfing, street racing, kiteboarding, skateboarding, climbing, kayaking, off-road, Moto X, mountain biking, inline skating, BMX and more

  • Want Media. Music videos, live concerts, Broadway shows, extreme sports and motor sports programs, full-length films from independent filmmakers and underground cinema

Orb Goes Free!

Orb Networks | Orb Networks is now offering their streaming solutions for free!  I would like to thank Orb for trying this new strategy very much.  I have used Orb during their trial and loved it, the problem is the amount I use it doesn’t really warrant my paying the subscription fee for it.  I just didn’t use it enough to talk myself into paying for it.  Not because it not a good idea, I just always within a limited distance of my PC and/or I have my media synced to my Portable Media Center.  What I would really like it my PMC to support connecting to a wireless network and getting the stream from Orb directly.  Good job Orb!


Related: Review of Orb Networks for Windows Media Center (The F-Stop Blues)

DVR-MS to MPEG2 For $200!

BeCapture | This has to be the worst company I have never seen.  They put out the worst products known to man and clearly need some help from someone who speaks English as their first language.  From what I can tell they want to charge $200 for all the applications they offer, with that $200 you get support for 4 months.  What a deal!  They have also created a nice “AlwaysOnTop” plug-in for WMP 10.  That would be great, if WMP 10 didn’t already have the feature built in!  They have some good ideas, but the worst business model/plan/whatever that I have ever seen in my life.

Update for Windows XP (KB886716)

Update for Windows XP (KB886716) | When you try to convert your video production in Adobe Premiere Pro to an MPEG-2 (Moving Pictures Experts Group 2) format, the .mp2 file is not converted, and either Adobe Premiere Pro or your Microsoft Windows XP-based computer may stop responding.

Quick Info
File Name: WindowsXP-KB886716-v2-x86-ENU.exe

Download Size: 917 KB

Date Published: 3/25/2005

Version: 886716

When you try to convert your video production in Adobe Premiere Pro to an MPEG-2 (Moving Pictures Experts Group 2) format, the .mp2 file is not converted, and either Adobe Premiere Pro or your Microsoft Windows XP-based computer may stop responding.

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP Home Edition , Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional Edition , Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition