Hey everyone. when i open a media file to play in windows media player, no matter what the file is, the cpu jumps to 100% and everything starts lagging. I used Windows task manager to make sure its windows media player. My O/S is windows 7 ultimate with 8gb ram, and dual core amd athlon each running at 2.50ghz. Now in task manager, under wmp, there are usually 2 tasks open, one is wmpshare, and the other the media player. windows media player usually takes about 40% and wmpshare 30%. I usually end wmpshare to free up the cpu, but its getting annoying to do that everytime. A file that VLC media player can play while running on almost 1% takes windows media 40%. why is this? I keep checking for upgrades from microsoft, but no wmp 13 yet. I only use windows media player because you can choose what device you want the output sound to come out of, either speakers or headphones. If you know how to fix this, or another media player that lets you choose the output device, then i would be really great full. sorry bout the spellin errors and stuff, but its too cold and my fingers move slower when cold.