Fixing Windows Media Player “cannot connect to the server…”

Problem:-

I get this error every time I try to watch a online video/movie:-

Windows Media Player cannot connect to the server. The server name might not be correct, the server might not be available, or your proxy settings might not be correct.

How shall I fix this issue?

Why it is happening:-

There may be two reasons behind this issue:-

i] if Wmnetmgr.dll file is unregistered.The Wmnetmgr.dll file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.It’s a Windows Media Network Plugin Manager DLL

ii] if the Wmsdkns.xml file has incorrect permissions.The Wmsdkns.xml file is the network namespace file for Windows Media Player.

Resolution:-

Step:1

Click Start and then type regsvr32 wmnetmgr.dll in the search box.

Right-click regsvr32 wmnetmgr.dll, and then click Run as administrator.

Step:2

You must enable the Show hidden files, folders, and drives option on your computer to show the folder.

Go to C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Media\12.0

Locate Wmsdkns.xml file.

Right-click the Wmsdkns.xml file, and then click Properties.

Click the Security tab, and then select the user account that you use in the Group or user names list.

Now modify the permission of that account as per the following picture by clicking the Edit tab and once done Click OK:-

WMP

Step:3

You must enable the Show hidden files, folders, and drives option on your computer to show the folder.

Go to C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Media\12.0

Locate Wmsdkns.xml file.

Right-click the Wmsdkns.xml file, and then click Delete.

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