This guide is Part 2 to “Change the Background in WMP12”. In Part 1. I showed you a simple method to change the WMP12 background using 7 backgrounds MS provided us with. In this guide I’ll show you how to assign your own images.
I’ve made a background here that goes nice ( I think). I’ll be using this image for the guide, you can of course, use your own. Be cautious using dark backgrounds however.
PNG & JPG images work just fine, I haven’t tested others so I can’t confirm if they work.
Let’s dive straight in with;
Download Restorator 2007 free trial and install as usual.
Take ownership of %windir%\system32\wmploc.dll and make an unmodified copy of it on your desktop.
Open %windir%\system32\wmploc.dll in Restorator 2007
In the left hand pane of Restorator 2007, expand the folder 257 and scroll down and find the bunch of files named LIBRARY_BACKGROUND….PNG.
I’m going to modify LIBRARY_BACKGROUND7.PNG which is the default background (hex 6).
Right click on LIBRARY_BACKGROUND7.PNG and select,
Extract…>Extract as “LIBRARY_BACKGROUND7.PNG.jpg”.
Save it to your desktop.
Right click the file again and choose Assign…>Assign to…
Choose your preferred image and click Open.
You’ll notice the image in the right hand pane has now changed to your custom image. Save wmploc.dll in Restorator & exit .
Make sure (if it’s not already) to change the hexadecimal value to 6 in the registry editor (covered in Part 1. Step 3.).
Restart WMP12 if required to see the change!
Restoring to Default.
There’s a couple of methods to restore. Make sure WMP12 is closed, you can then either rename %windir%\system32\wmploc.dll to wmploc.old.dll and then move your previously backed up copy, to the same folder or, you could re-assign the previously extracted image to LIBRARY_BACKGROUND7.PNG. Your call.