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Windows Media Player

CNET Editors' Rating 4.0 stars

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great Visual Interface, Horrible on Processing Speed"

    May 20, 2012  |   By s_zabel

    Pros

    Visual presentation
    Organization of Menu
    Improved sound controls
    Optimized user interface

    Cons

    Greatly slows down the processor for other tasks running on windows simulataneously
    Causes many programs running simultaneously to go unresponsive
    Tends to freeze up computer

    Summary

    My HP all in one is equipped with a dual core processor that typically operates under a 2.6GHZ pace; however, with this media player running, even only in the background, I experience heavy delays in running any other program, and it causes my computer to operate under a 1.6GHZ pace. (This can be seen even under the task manager when looking at its CPU usage) For those of you reading my review whom are not as experienced in IT: basically what I am saying, is that this program will slow down your computer a great deal. And although it is pretty and its menu is easy to navigate, it will cause many applications like internet explorer and microsoft office, to suddenly freeze up and go unresponsive, to the point where you have to restart the program. I found this experience to be highly frustrating, thus I give it 3.5 stars. If Microsoft can improve its cpu usage and allow for a more comfortable cohesiveness with other running programs, Windows media player will be my number one media player and I will uninstall iTunes immediately.

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