Hi Guys. I've just gotten XP Home Ed. up & running on a dual boot system,(alongside trusty old Win98). I'm still finding my way a bit with XP, & gradually installing applications onto it after getting all my hardware devices running on the new OS,(burner programs,MS Word etc.).
However, after getting adjusted to all the Eye-candy of the new Windows Media Player, I'm now looking to get the alternate format multimedia players running on XP.
However, as some of the older version media players,(eg: Realplayer 7 etc.), I had running on Win98 may not work under XP, I'm wondering what the feedback is on more recent versions of some of these media players under XP Home Ed is like.
1) RealplayeroneV.2-Is there any spyware or things to be aware of with the later XP compatible version? Does anyone know if older versions work okay/are easier to stop it trying to overtake things?
I have the old RealplayerV7 update 1/Jukebox installed on Win 98, & know what a pain it was stopping it trying to steal associations of other app's., along with having to uninstall a program it added quietly to the Add/remove programs called Comet software(I think?) which I assume was some sort of adware.
I didn't actually use Realplayer 7 itself on Win 98, but I had it installed to allow me to use a plugin in Winamp 2.8 that allowed me to play any of the realplayer files.
2) Winamp. After reading some mixed reports of Winamp 3, I'm looking to stick to the classic pre-bloatware versions like Winamp V2.8 that I have on 98, any problems running V2.80 on XP? Will the plug-ins still work okay?
As mentioned earlier,amongst the various plugins is a great one that allows me to play any realaudio/video format files-the only shame being that I need to have Realplayer installed to allow the plugin to work,otherwise I wouldn't install Realplayer at all!
3) Quicktime. Although I have the latest V6.1 from a PC magazine coverdisc, I was just curious if the older V5.02 would work under XP okay too?
Sorry for the stupid sounding questions, but I'd rather know what the feedback is on either installing these older versions of the alternate media players,or what to be aware of with the latest versions.
I'd appreciate your thoughts,thank you!