While there are quite a few posts concerning this on the forums, they are all from prior to 2008. With advances in software and hardware since then, they aren't helping my issue. Here goes. Way back when, I used to use Windows media to rip my CD's, not even thinking about possible copy protection issues. Recently I found some of my 'back-up' data disks with some of my old home-made audio recordings of me playing music on them that I'd long thought lost. So now all my archives are stuck in WMA format and have some kind of copy protection on them. I'd love to have them back, but my google searches, while finding quite a few different software recommendations, have not reached fruition. I have been getting these errors: 1. Quite a few of them will attempt to download a license. My first problem with this was they would use my default browser (Chrome) and tell me that it wasn't supported, and that I needed to download Windows Explorer 7 or higher. So I set Internet Explorer as default since my computer (Windows 8.1) had it pre-installed, I just choose not to use it. Whatever the license site is, it doesn't recognize higher versions of WE, because it STILL told me that my browser was unsupported. So any that do that are not an option. 2. Windows Media Player will not recognize them as playable, even though they're WMA's. 3. I've tried burning them, to the same issues of the licensing. I need some kind of software (hopefully free or low cost) that'll allow me to break the protection I inadvertently put on these files. Any help is appreciated. Thank you!