How To Enable Windows Media Player 12 Taskbar Toolbar In Windows 7 (Must Try)

Majority of Windows users use the default Windows Media Player to play audio and video files. Even though there are plenty of better alternatives around, none of them come close to Windows Media Payer’s beautiful and easy-to-use interface.

Microsoft has dropped a number of small features from the final release (RTM) of Windows 7 operating system. One of them is WMP taskbar toolbar.

It’s a well known fact that the Windows Media Player 12 (WMP 12) present in Windows 7 doesn’t come with the taskbar toolbar. Windows Media Player Taskbar Toolbar, if you don’t know, is a small toolbar that appears in the taskbar when you minimize Windows Media Player.

Taskbar Toolbar In Windows 7

As many of the Vista and XP users are missing this handy toolbar in Windows 7, here is a master guide to help you get taskbar toolbar in Windows 7 with all features. Make sure you follow all steps correctly to get the taskbar toolbar.

How to get Windows Media Player Taskbar Toolbar in Windows 7:

Step 1: Download the wmpband.dll file from here.  To download wmpband.dll (x64) visit this link. Make sure you download the right version of wmpband.dll file.

Step 2: Copy the file to C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player folder.

Enable Taskbar Toolbar In Windows 7

Step 3: Now, you need to make sure that Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service is disabled. Type in Services in Start menu search box and then hit enter to launch Services window. Locate Windows Media Player Network Sharing service and stop it.

Windows Media Player Services

Step 4: Open the Command Prompt as administrator and execute the following command:

regsvr32 “c:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpband.dll”

Here change “c” your Windows 7 drive.

Get Taskbar Toolbar In Windows 7

Wait for a few seconds to see the succeed message.

Command Prompt Succeed

Step 5: Launch WMP and minimize it.

Step 6: Right-click on the Taskbar, go to Toolbars and then select Windows Media Player. Click Yes if you are prompted with “The Windows Media Player toolbar isn’t compatible with this version of Windows” message.

Taskbar Toolbars

Step 7: You are done! You should see the Windows Media Player toolbar in your taskbar now.

Thanks for the tip Justin Buser.



  1. Joe says

    OS is Win 7 Pro, SP1

    Followed all the instructions. I can get the mini-toolbar, but it takes a lot of steps to do so even though the “Lock Toolbars” is selected.

    1- Open WMP
    2- Right click and select “Toolbars”
    4- Right click and select “Toolbars’

    I might have to do this several times before the mini-toolbar shows up.

    Is this the way it is supposed to work? If not, any idea what’s going on and how to fix?

  2. joaquim says

    why the mini toolbar is only showed when the windows media player is minimizade?(i’m testing it)

  3. Anne says

    Hi kindly disregard my previous comment. It works now!

    The line should be:
    regsvr32 “%programfiles%\Windows Media Player\wmpband.dll”

    without the “c:\”… I suggest you remove or update that part of your instructions as it is confusing.

  4. Anne says

    I am getting this error:

    “The module “”C:\Program” failed to load

    Make sure the binary is stored at the specified path or debug it to check for problems with the binary or dependent .DLL files.

    The specified module could not be found.”

  5. Eva says

    Works perfectly!! Admin have a cup of coffee on me 🙂

    If you are getting the 0*80070005 it’s because you are not running command prompt as an administrator.

    Thank you!!

  6. Dave says

    Ever since i did this wmp crashes and my computer too – bad!!

    How can i reverse this??

  7. ds says

    Screw this, it’s not working. I did exactly as instructed, i even typed manually that command, but, in the end, it doesn’t display the wmp bar, only an empty space.

  8. Cyber Toon says

    EVERYONE! The reason it doesn’t work is because the quotes are automatically converted to curly quotes, and curly quotes don’t work with commands. You need to remove the quotes then place them again to get it to work. Or just type it manually.

  9. Pedro Cunha says

    Yeah, istn working for windows 8….

    Why in hell microsoft removed that feature? >.<

  10. sriram says

    start CMD as administrator
    type this and enter
    For 32-bit Windows users – regsvr32 “%programfiles%\Windows Media Player\wmpband.dll”
    For 64-bit Windows users – regsvr32 “%programfiles(x86)%\Windows Media Player\wmpband.dll”
    it works 100%

  11. qqqq says

    You guys rock!

    And to anyone, if you get an error 0x80020009 from regsvr32, it’s because you’re not running cmd as an administrator.

  12. Amirul says

    thanks man its working but cannot open a video thought it shows only black blank tiny screen but worth for the music!

    window 7 pro

  13. Jason says

    Thank you very very much. Worked like a charm. That was starting to irritate me so I had to look it up 😉

  14. admin says

    @ I haven’t tested the method on Windows 8 OS. So, sorry, I can’t confirm that it works on Windows 8.

  15. Daniel Postoronka says

    Yeah, umm…It didn’t work for me. But I used Windows 8 to do this, is that the problem? That I’m not using Windows 7 and it only works with that???

  16. french guy says

    it helped me a lot, for french users the service is called service partage reseau du lecteur […]
    thanks again, it’s awesome

  17. Carol says

    I tried this too and it didn’t work unti I right clicked the task bar and unchecked Lock the taskbar then right clicked again and saw the wmp under the toolbar options. Hope it helps!

  18. aquaq says

    I can’t get services.exe running. I double click on it, but nothing happens. What went wrong?

  19. Devon says

    Awesome…..I don’t usually take the time to comment, but thank you Justin and the author of this write-up!

  20. mammd kaf bor says

    HI. my win7 is a x64 one but this file is for a x86. pls. add the other one. after all. THANK UUUUUUUUU.

  21. me says

    still doesnt work wtf got the succeed message and restarted wmp network sharing and still nothing.y me y me lord?

  22. Corto Maltes says

    It’s working! Thanx to all comments posted by the people who, helped me to enable the silly (but cool and practical) little wmp toolbar, and i would just like to add to the list of complaints, windows is pretty contradictory: It’s all very ‘autistic’ and sqare, but they can’t provide an accurate(straight forward) fix for this LITTLE problem.
    I needed 2 different sites + 5 or 6 comments here to manage…..we love u windows, u never fail to amaze.

  23. paboy says

    Thanks. I was able to get the taskbar toolbar in Windows 7 BUT, there is no image (animation). It is just a black screen.

  24. Emiy says

    I just mega failed, got x64 Win 7 and forgot that there was a (x86) folder with WMP in there as well 🙁 This is pretty crucial, and a tip above said that change the visualisation to Album artwork and it worked for me after about half an hour of trying. 🙂 Hope that helps for anyone who’s struggling

  25. Kevalin says

    Thank you sooo much, I have been waiting for this for such a long time. Big thumbs up to Justin Buser 🙂

  26. Ashish says

    Works great.
    Had an error first, but then i ran the command prompt as the administrator and it worked.
    Nice job, Thanks.

  27. Haroon says

    Never mind. I just needed to close the window, and I could still play the file in the taskbar player.

    And when I don’t want the taskbar player, I just uncheck “Windows Media Player” by right-clicking and selecting “Toolbars”

  28. Haroon says

    Thanks for this!

    But I didn’t realize that not only will the little player appear in the task bar, but the minimized bar will also stay there; it wouldn’t be replaced by the little player like it used to in Windows 11.

    And that takes up twice the space in the task bar.
    Is there a way to fix this?

  29. Mark says

    I had the same problem too – install went great, no WMP in Taskbar toolbar menu. I closed WMP, made sure it wasn’t running any more (Task Manager), re-ran the regsv command, the re-started the Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service, and then it worked. I think restarting the sharing service got it to work.

  30. joey says

    Yup it worked for me. Had to remember to restart WMP (silly me forgot to close it first) and then uncheck and recheck the toolbar option and it appeared. Thanks.

  31. Robin says

    It worked for me, thanks.
    Tried to put the .dll into the x86 folder and cmd it but din’t work, in the normal folder it worked, with the x64 version of the dll.

    #Windows 7 x64

  32. amruta deshmukh says

    Hey guys i too have the same problem…when i right click and select toolbar dont see the option of Windows Media Player…any suggestions…plz plz plz help

  33. Jay209 says

    Post only worked when i changed the view on the player to show the album art work THANKS and after p download the other file for the windows X86 folder

  34. Chris J says

    Is there a way to undo this, as my WMP is all messed up and playback is extremely slow in starting the files?

  35. Chris J says

    I’ve tried all the add-on advice but I still don’t see the option in the taskbar pop-up! It’s all very frustrating!

  36. devengines says

    meh. I tried the first version of this fix for 32bit, everything went well cept the toolbar option didnt show up. Then I tried doing it via (x86) folder [im 64b] and still no toolbar option. =|. All I really wanted was the little screen down there but i suppose i can do it the old fashioned way of ‘always on top’ …. bleh.

  37. Stefan says

    @V Frustrated>:(
    When you copy-paste the regsvr32 command, the quotes are wrong. They are curly and should be straight, most editors convert straight to curly automatically.

    Either type the command in manually, or copy-paste and then replace the curly double-quotes with straight double-quotes.

  38. V Frustrated>:( says

    everytime i do it i get `c:\program` is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

    what did i do wrong??

  39. Alex says

    For those of you still having trouble even after the regsvr32 succeed pop-up appears then here was my solution to the problem:

    Well for those with x64 version of Win 7, you should have a Program Files (x86). Copy and paste “wmpband.dll” to the Windows Media Player in Program Files (x86) then type in the command prompt (remember to run as administrator):

    regsvr32 “c:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Media Player\wmpband.dll”

    Should work now. This was how I fixed mine 😛

  40. Jack Reynolds says

    If you are still having trouble with getting it to appear even after the “regsvr32 succeed” window is coming up, make sure you have the right directory selected.

    First, type this: cd \windows\system32

    Then type the regsvr32 command. Hopefully that should help.

  41. Svjatoslav says

    I’ve got same problem as Ricki and Stephen do : after procedure in DOS windows is succeeded i do right click on the task bar, then choose toolbars and there is no Windows Media Player. I’ve tried rebooting, repeating the procedure with WMP off during it – but no luck. Any suggestions ?

  42. Stephen C says

    Windows Media Player not in toolbars even after succeeded message.
    Anyone know what’s wrong?

  43. Ricki says

    got the success thing and opened and minimized wmp, right clicked on taskbar and chose toolbars…wmp is not a choice…any suggestions?

  44. fauxfire says

    has anyone gotten the ” The module (a shit load of what looks like Chinese letters )Failed to load.

    Make sure the pinary is stored atthe specified path or debug it to check for problems with the pinary or dependent .DLL files

    The specified module could not be found.

    little blue ok box

  45. John says

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH IT WORKED !!!! For people who get error message like “wrong command” TRY TO TYPE THE COMMAND MANUALLY.Do not copy past.Make sure to right click and run CMD as administrator.This hack works 10000% thank you so much.

  46. Robert says

    For those that can’t get the regsvr32 command to work… Make sure the cmd prompt has administrative privilages (right-click and run as administrator).

  47. Dylon88 says

    got to the point of .. regsvr32 “c:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmpband.dll” in the cmd prompt .. didnt work :/ .. got error code 0x80070005 .. any thoughts ??

  48. says

    Works perfectly fine. To everybody who is having problems with it “sticking” to the taskbar, simply right-click on the taskbar, go to “toolbars” and uncheck “Windows Media Player”.

  49. peter burleigh says

    thank you, that worked first time for me, i was wondering about it, but i didnt think too much about it until i saw this, thanks again

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