Windows Media Player not showing on IE8
This happens with IE8 when a website requires windows media player. It just shows a red "x" whenever you try accessing the video link.
There are two possible reasons for this. It's either you haven't
installed the Windows Media Player add-on
for IE8 or your default media player is not set to use
Right click and click "run add-on on all websites".
Click "run" when it prompts you the ActiveX box.
That's it. You should be able to see the windows media player file running now.
Are you still having problems? OK. Given that you have already installed the Internet Explorer Add-on, and the windows media player still does not show up playing the video file, a possible answer for this is maybe due to Windows Media Player 11 not being installed or not being your default media player.
To set it to be the default media player, follow this steps from the Microsoft knowledge base:
1. Open the Control Panel and
navigate to Add/Remove Programs.