Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I like to play my music through a Hi-Fi audio equipment and everything else (like windows sounds, web videos and such) through my default PC speakers.

On WIndows XP I had WMP 9 and I could do that with no problems since I can choose what audio device (which sound card) to use, and that selection is for WMP only, which can be different from Windows' default audio device.

But now that I have Windows Vista and WMP 11 I cannot longer choose an audio device just for WMP, or at least I can't find a way to do it (the control in the options dialog is no longer there).

Was this useful feature really removed from WMP 11? or there is some other way to do it?

share|improve this question
can you mention your audio(sound) card ? – Desingh Nov 27 '11 at 4:57
is there a command line to change this between specific devices? the application being to assign said command to a hotkey to switch wmp to specific devices... I found a shortcut that will change the system's default device But it would be neat if I can do it specifically for wmp and leave the default as it is... let us know if your savy enough.. – user273030 Nov 10 '13 at 22:28

In Windows Media Player 11 and 12, click Tools > Options > Devices > Speakers > Properties > Select the audio device.

You may also have to restart WMP for changes to take effect.

The following screenshot shows where the option is in Windows Media Player 12, Windows 7.

Screenshot (WMP 12, Win7)
Click for full size

share|improve this answer
The drop-down list to select a device is not there. I just see the "Advance options..." button. – GetFree Nov 3 '10 at 14:49
William describes Windows 7, in Vista there is no drop-down, but clicking the 'Advanced...' button allows you to choose the device to be used by WMP. This should be the accepted answer. – Peter Hahndorf Jan 28 '12 at 14:16
In Vista the "Advanced..." button takes you to the Windows sound device control panel where you can only choose the default sound device for the whole system. – GetFree Nov 13 '13 at 5:06
Worked for me, though remember to play a different file than the current one, after saving the settings so the changes can take effect, enjoy :) – 9kSoft Nov 10 '15 at 7:51

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .