Everything I know about computers in general, I learned from my hubby. He is a very good researcher and a complete sponge for information.
Some info for Windows Media Player (WMP). First, WMP is not uninstalled if it is still popping up on you. Did you mean that you tried to disable it? Perhaps if you did try to uninstall it, you weren't allowed to. I'm not familiar with how difficult it is to remove WMP, because I've never tried to get rid of it. Personally, I use WMP for videos and Winamp for audio.
There are some programs that make it "impossible" to remove. An example would be MSN messenger from Windows XP. When I installed XP on my comp for the first time, I was disgusted that it put messenger on my comp, even having the nerve to keep activating itself in my system tray :evil: , so I tried to close it, uninstall it, remove it permanently. Nothing worked. After doing some research, I found out that I had to change some coding in the registry to remove it. That is not for the weak hearted!
Anyway, if you would like to have WMP working, then here's some ideas that you can try to fix it.
1) Update the drivers on your VIDEO card. I think WMP had some issues with an nVidea card.
2) Update your version of WMP. A lot of the time, updates will overwrite anything problems from the previous version.
These 2 suggestions alone should get it to work. If not, then do you get any kind of error message before it crashes? If you do get an error message, then copy it into a google search and you will find solutions that way.
If it is still crashing, then you can go to the website and they may have a way to contact them for other help. I'll ask my hubby tonight if there's anything else that I could suggest.