ripping to mp3 on WMP10



hi all, i just got a new computer with XP media centre on it, and media
player 10. i've been trying to rip some cds to mp3 format, but no matter
what settings i change in the options menu i am told that "Windows Media
Player cannot rip the track because a compatible MP3 encoder is not installed
on your computer" - which according to the windows websites should be a
standard issue thing with WMP10! i do not want to pay to get this encoder as
i should, by right, already have it!

The error code i get is C00D0FAA: Cannot rip the files, which ive done the
troubleshooting on (ie changing my options and deleting the suggested
registry key) and it has done nothing! Can anyone help? Is this problem

Thanks a million!


C00D0FAA: Cannot rip the track
Windows Media Player cannot rip (copy) the track from the CD because a
problem occurred while encoding (converting) the file into MP3 format.

You might encounter this error message if an MP3 encoder is installed on
your computer, but the corresponding key in the Windows registry is not set

In certain circumstances, the registry key value might not be valid if you
used Windows Media Player 9 Series to rip CD tracks into MP3 format, and then
you upgraded to Windows Media Player 10 later. To resolve the problem, do one
of the following:
Change the audio quality setting for ripping CDs. This option is the easiest
to perform. However, it will not enable you to rip CD tracks into MP3 files
that have an audio quality setting of 128 kilobits per second (Kbps).
Delete the value of the LowRateSample registry key. This option is more
complex to perform. However, it will enable you to rip tracks into 128-Kbps
MP3 files.

To change the audio quality setting for ripping CDs
In Windows Media Player 10, right-click the title bar, point to Tools, and
then click Options.
Click the Rip Music tab, and then move the Audio quality slider to any
setting other than 128 Kbps.

To delete the value of the LowRateSample registry key
Warning: Incorrectly editing the registry may severely damage your system.
At the very least, you should back up any valued data on the computer before
making changes to the registry. For information about backing up and
restoring the registry, see Windows Help.
Click Start, and then click Run.
In the Open text box, type regedit, and then click OK.
In Registry Editor, find the following registry key:
Double-click the key, and then, in Value data, delete the value that is
Click OK, and then close Registry Editor.

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