Windows Media Player Security Upgrade

What is the ‘Windows Media Player Security Upgrade’ and how do I complete it?

The Windows Media Security Upgrade is a process that must be performed before Windows Media Player will allow any DRM-protected files to be downloaded. A security measure, the security update identifies the copy of Windows Media Player with the computer on which Windows Media Player is being used. Publishers often require this sort of security in order to discourage the unlawful redistribution of digital content.

If you have not previously performed the security upgrade, the first time that you attempt to download DRM-protected content, OverDrive Media Console checks to see if you need to complete the security upgrade. If a security upgrade is needed, a message is displayed notifying you that in order to download and play DRM-protected content, you must first upgrade the security of Windows Media Player. Follow the instructions provided in the message to complete the security update.

Alternatively, you may complete the security upgrade at any time. Complete the security upgrade as follows…

If you have Windows Media Player 11 (or newer)…

  1. While connected to the Internet, open OverDrive Media Console.
  2. Go to Tools > Windows Media Player Security Upgrade.
    A dialog box is displayed, notifying you that Windows Media Player requires a security upgrade to play DRM-protected content.
  3. Click ‘OK’ in the dialog box.
    Windows Media Player opens and the ‘Windows Media Player’ dialog box is displayed.
  4. Click ‘Upgrade’ to download and install the required security component.
    Windows Media Player indicates that it is ‘Connecting to server…’. Once connected, the security component is downloaded and installed. Windows Media Player indicates that the security component was upgraded successfully.
  5. Click the ‘Close’ button in the ‘Windows Media Player’ dialog box.
    The ‘Media Usage Rights Acquisition’ dialog box is displayed.
  6. Click the ‘Play’ button in the ‘Media Usage Rights Acquisition’ dialog box to complete the upgrade.
    Windows Media Player plays a brief file, confirming that you have completed the upgrade.
  7. Click the ‘Cancel’ button to close the ‘Media Usage Rights Acquisition’ dialog box. If desired, you can also close Windows Media Player at this time.
    You have successfully completed the Windows Media Player Security Upgrade.

If you have Windows Media Player 9 or 10…

  1. While connected to the Internet, open OverDrive Media Console.
  2. Go to Tools > Windows Media Player Security Upgrade.
    A dialog box is displayed, notifying you that Windows Media Player requires a security upgrade to play DRM-protected content.
  3. Click ‘OK’ in the dialog box.
    Windows Media Player opens and, the ‘Windows Media Player’ dialog box is displayed.
  4. Click ‘Yes’ in the ‘Windows Media Player’ dialog box to perform the upgrade.
    The ‘License Acquisition’ dialog box is displayed, indicating that you have installed the Windows Media Player Security Upgrade.
  5. Click the ‘Play’ button in the ‘License Acquisition’ dialog box to complete the upgrade.
    Windows Media Player plays a brief file, confirming that you have completed the upgrade. If desired, you can close Windows Media Player at this time.
    You have successfully completed the Windows Media Player Security Upgrade.

If at a later time you need to upgrade the security of Windows Media Player again, do so as follows…

If you have Windows Media Player 11 (or newer)…

  1. While connected to the Internet, open OverDrive Media Console.
  2. Go to Tools > Windows Media Player Security Upgrade.
    A dialog box is displayed, notifying you of the current Windows Media Player security version and offering the option to re-upgrade.
  3. To re-upgrade, click ‘OK’ in the dialog box.
    Windows Media Player opens, and the ‘Media Usage Rights Acquisition’ dialog box is displayed.
  4. Click ‘Play’ in the ‘Media Usage Rights Acquisition’ dialog box to perform the upgrade.
    The ‘Media Usage Rights Acquisition’ dialog box closes, and Windows Media Player plays a brief file, confirming that you have completed the upgrade. If desired, you can close Windows Media Player at this time.
    You have successfully completed the Windows Media Player Security Upgrade.

If you have Windows Media Player 9 or 10…

  1. While connected to the Internet, open OverDrive Media Console.
  2. Go to Tools > Windows Media Player Security Upgrade.
    A dialog box is displayed, notifying you of the current Windows Media Player security version and offering the option to re-upgrade.
  3. To re-upgrade, click ‘OK’ in the dialog box.
    Windows Media Player opens, and the ‘License Acquisition’ dialog box is displayed.
  4. Click ‘Play’ in the ‘License Acquisition’ dialog box to perform the upgrade.
    The ‘License Acquisition’ dialog box closes, and Windows Media Player plays a brief file, confirming that you have completed the upgrade. If desired, you can close Windows Media Player at this time.
    You have successfully completed the Windows Media Player Security Upgrade.
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18 thoughts on “Windows Media Player Security Upgrade

  1. I received a new hard drive and now I can’t get WMP to upgrade the DRM security. The upgrade button is grayed out. I have tried many things and nothing works. I may have to load mozilla as a last resort. I was hoping someone can help. The error on the pate states “The requested action cannot be performed because a hardware configuration change has been detected by the Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM) components on your computer.” I suspect this is because the hard drive was changed. How do I reset that configuration?

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