Amazing the complexity of things here in this virtual world
by Dango517 - 3/5/08 8:51 PM
In Reply to: Reinstall adobe by Dango517
So complex that we often become mired in it, bogged down by the endless detail. Amazing. Perhaps few areas are more illustrative of this then Media Players. Let's see there's Windows Media Player, Real Player, Adobe Flash, DivX, Quick Time, etc., etc.. Then of course there are the settings maybe 75 per player. Of course this is all only the tip of the iceberg. So the real question is how do we simplify all this so that we're not endlessly fighting our Media Players?
Real Player now can play all the other players within itself, illuminating all the rest. After you realize this then the choice of Media players becomes clear. One player, one set of settings. Not a perfect solution but a major improvement none-the-less.
If this insight escapes you. Then all media players can be uninstalled and then simply reinstalled. Maybe by now your beginning to realize a big part of the problem might not be the media player at all but the user of it. This will correct any changes he or she might have made.
Do, avoid the registry whenever possible. The registry works at a very fundamental level to the operation of your PC, far below the visual image you see and interact with on your monitor, nearly to the machine level of the CPU. Mistakes made here can "really" screw things up. I'm not a fan of a four+ day total OS/system installation and associated file loses so I avoid it when possible.
If you think your having registry problems use a registry repair program first. They are available here:
These too have risks, remember your dealing with the registry. The good ones have a restore option built into them. (now a word from my disclaimer....use these at your own risk.)
Unfortunately like most everything I do I had to learn this the hard way but I did learn. Those lessons seam so far away now. The journey of a thousand miles does begin with the first steps.
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