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Windows Media Player prompts using SSL when checkbox to save password is checked

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Windows Media Player continuously prompts for credentials when progressively downloading audio or video from a web server using the HTTPS protocol over Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). This is true even if you choose to check the Save Passwordcheckbox.

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The prompting behavior is by design. Windows Media Player does not honor the request generated by the wininet.dll to cache the credentials.

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  • Use a URL or web server that does not use HTTPS (SSL).
  • If there is a link to the video available, right-click the link to the media and choose to download the content locally.
  • If protection of the video is of great concern use PlayReady for Digital Rights Management.

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More Information

Note that video delivery over SSL can be resource-intensive on the CPU for both a client and a server. The rendering of audio or video on a client computer also uses much of the CPU resources. Therefore, decrypting HTTP packets over SSL causes an additional CPU load on the client computer and may cause lower-quality audio or video.

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Article Info
Article ID : 2799456
Revision : 1
Created on : 1/7/2017
Published on : 1/18/2013
Exists online : False
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