After a re format I have updated my media player both with Windows Update and by "checking for player upgrades" on the media player itself. Both times it has loaded Windows Media Player 10. Fine you might say "its the new media player for XP" BUT I'M RUNNING ME . WHY IS IT UPDATING ME TO 10. Sorry I have the hump with Microsoft. I think I will have to re format to clear it all out.
and type in Media Player or just select this from the drop down list. Your search will/should reveal most versions. Go down the list and install the verison say media player 7.1 or 9 Also Microsoft will want to verify you Windows ME.
If MS find its is not genuine it will fail on the install. This also happens with Direct X.