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  • I am running Windows 7 with the built-in Windows Media Player 12.  I have my WMP library set to my \\WHS\Music share.  I have a very annoying lag when changing between music tracks.  When I click the next or previous track button, the lag lasts about 7 seconds before it switches.  Any suggestions?
    Saturday, September 5, 2009 7:00 PM

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  • I am running Windows 7 with the built-in Windows Media Player 12.  I have my WMP library set to my \\WHS\Music share.  I have a very annoying lag when changing between music tracks.  When I click the next or previous track button, the lag lasts about 7 seconds before it switches.  Any suggestions?

    It works fine for me.  Are you experiencing any other lag situations?  Does it do the same when playing files from \\WHS\Videos, for example?  Any other issues in general (i.e. slow backups)?  Is your server pre-built (i.e. HP) or a DIY?
    Saturday, September 5, 2009 7:13 PM
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  • I am running Windows 7 with the built-in Windows Media Player 12.  I have my WMP library set to my \\WHS\Music share.  I have a very annoying lag when changing between music tracks.  When I click the next or previous track button, the lag lasts about 7 seconds before it switches.  Any suggestions?

    It works fine for me.  Are you experiencing any other lag situations?  Does it do the same when playing files from \\WHS\Videos , for example?  Any other issues in general (i.e. slow backups)?  Is your server pre-built (i.e. HP) or a DIY?

    I only experience lag in WMP.  I only have a music library, so I can't comment on \\Videos share.  Transferring files to and from my server, streaming movies, and doing back-ups all work normally.

    My server is an OEM retail copy I installed a spare PC.

    I rebuilt my WMP 12 library today, but made no difference.  I am going to try another PC next and will report back.
    Sunday, September 6, 2009 11:59 PM
  • I have the same problem currently.

    My specs are:

    Intel E8400.
    Gigabyte E1-something (Cant remember actually)
    4GB of RAM
    Ati Radeon 4850

    Should be enough to run WMP12 right?
    Wednesday, September 30, 2009 10:57 PM
  • Hmm, it disappeared for a while and now it's back again..
    Friday, October 2, 2009 3:22 PM
  • I would suggest running process explorer, see what is going on. Then post back.
    Ben Ogilvie
    Friday, October 2, 2009 4:32 PM
  • My computer sitting here with a few downloads doesnt exceed 10% of my CPU and 40% of my ram.

    When I turn on music in WMP my CPU usage jump to 70%, this is pretty much 100% with games and such. It wasn't above 60% ever on XP.
    Still doesn't explain why my problem was fixed yesterday and now it has started again..


    I did notice an increase in RAM usage compared to XP, but shouldn't be a problem

    Friday, October 2, 2009 4:43 PM
  • In fact, I figured out that WMP12 can not handle *huge* playlists properly, so it lags a lot when sliding to the next song and becoming not responible for some time. Just split your library to separate playlists as a workaround.

    I've got 613 items in my library (40 hrs) and WMP12 lags for 20-35 seconds since song starts. That's a shame.

    Specs: Win7 Professional x64 (including all official updates existing)

    Intel Core2Duo E6300 2x1.86 GHz

    ASUS P5LD2

    4.00 Gb RAM

    Nvidia GeForce GTS 250

    And btw, what's the deal with WMP process running while it's shut down. The process re-starts after I kill it...

    • Proposed as answer by nomachi Sunday, August 8, 2010 11:49 AM
    Sunday, August 8, 2010 11:48 AM
  • I realize this thread is old but nomachi i could not for the life of me work out why i got an 8 second lag between songs when just going through my songs. turns out your right WMP is bought to its knees by large playlists, something that should get fixed asap as its enough to make people stop using WMP
    Friday, July 8, 2011 9:22 PM
  • I'm bumping up my old thread from nearly 2+ years ago, but I still have this problem!  It actually went away when I mounted my music share as a mapped network drive (Z:\) and then rebuilt the library off that.  But yesterday I reformatted my Win 7 PC and the problem is back!  Creating a mapped drive doesn't help anymore.  So maybe it wasn't that and something else that fixed the problem.

    Losing hair over this!!

    Saturday, July 9, 2011 1:08 AM