Winamp Installation Notes
From Winamp Help
Dialog 1: Installer Language
Select a language (default is English).
Screen 1: Welcome Screen
Welcome to the Winamp Installer.
Screen 2: License
Accept the licence agreement.
Screen 3: Choose Install Location
The default folder is: "C:\Program Files\Winamp" To change it, either type in the path yourself, or manually create an appropriate folder via Windows Explorer first, and then use the "Browse" button to locate said folder.
Note that on clean installs, all settings are saved to the user's Application Data folder @ %AppData%\Winamp regardless of what destination folder is selected for the program installation.
Screen 4: Choose Components
Installation Type: Full | Standard | Lite [#] | Previous | Custom
Select the components/plugins/features you wish to install:
Winamp Agent [#]
Filename: winampa.exe Adds a system tray icon for quick access to winamp's menu/features.
- Audio Playback [#]
- MP3 (required) - Filenames: in_mp3.dll | aacdec.w5s. Adds support for MP3, MP2, MP1 & AAC audio playback.
- Windows Media Audio (WMA) - Filename: in_wm.dll. Adds support for WMA playback, including DRM support.
- MIDI - Filenames: in_midi.dll | read_file.dll. Adds support for playback of many MIDI formats.
- MOD/XM/SM/IT - Filenames: in_mod.dll | read_file.dll. Adds support for playback of tracker module file formats.
- OGG Vorbis Playback - Filename: in_vorbis.dll. Adds support for playback of .ogg audio.
- MP4 Audio Support - Filenames: libmp4v2.dll | in_mp4.dll (Winamp\Plugins) | aacdec.w5s (Winamp\System). Adds support for playback of MPEG-4 Audio (M4A/MP4).
- FLAC Support - Filenames: libflac.dll | in_flac.dll. Adds support for FLAC playback.
- CD Playback and Extraction - Filename: in_cdda.dll. Adds support for Audio CD playback with Digital Audio Extraction. (Note: Also required for Ripping & Burning support).
- WAV/VOC/AU/AIFF - Filenames: in_wave.dll | libsndfile.dll. Adds support for playback of waveform formats.
- Video Playback
- Windows Media Video (WMV, ASF) - Filename: in_wm.dll. Adds support for WMV/ASF playback.
- Nullsoft Video (NSV)- Filenames: in_nsv.dll | nsvdec_vp3.dll | nsvdec_vp5.dll | vp6.w5s | vp8.w5s. Adds support for playback of Nullsoft Streaming Video (.nsv) & Audio (.nsa) eg. via: Media Library > Online Services > SHOUTcast TV.
- DirectShow Formats (MPG, M2V) - Filename: in_dshow.dll. Adds playback support for MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video, plus any audio/video formats which use system DirectShow filters (extra file extensions such as OGV OGM AC3 DAT MOV RMVB MKV MP4 WAV etc can be added manually, but require external DirectShow Splitters/Filters to be installed on your system).
- AVI Video - Filenames: in_avi.dll | h264.w5s | vp6.w5s | mp4v.w5s | aacdec.w5s | adpcm.w5s | pcm.w5s. Adds playback support for AVI video (MPEG-4 video, e.g. Xvid & DivX = Winamp Pro only).
- Flash Video (FLV) - Filename: in_flv.dll. Adds playback support for Flash Video (VP6 & h.264).
- Matroska (MKV, MKA, WEBM) - Filenames: in_mkv.dll | h264.w5s | vp8.w5s | theora.w5s | aacdec.w5s. Adds playback support for Matroska video (MPEG-4 H.264 video = Winamp Pro only).
- MPEG-4 Video - Filenames: libmp4v2.dll | in_mp4.dll | aacdec.w5s | h264.w5s | mp4v.w5s | pcm.w5s. Adds support for playback of MPEG-4 video (MP4/M4V). Winamp Pro only.
- Flash Media Protocol (SWF, RTMP) - Filenames: in_swf.dll | winampFLV.swf. Adds playback support for Adobe Shockwave Flash (SWF) and Adobe Streaming Media Protocol (RTMP). Note: Requires Adobe Flash Player to be pre-installed on system.
- Audio Encoders
- WMA Encoding - Filename: enc_wma.dll. Adds support for encoding to WMA with the CD Ripper and Transcoder.
- WAV Encoding - Filename: enc_wav.dll. Adds support for encoding to WAV with the CD Ripper and Transcoder.
- MP3 Encoding - Filenames: enc_lame.dll | lame_enc.dll (LAME Encoder). Adds support for encoding to MP3 with the CD Ripper and Transcoder. (Note: Only available in Winamp Pro, otherwise locked).
- AAC Encoding - Filenames: enc_fhgaac.dll | libmp4v2.dll. Fraunhofer AAC Encoder. Adds support for encoding to AAC LC & HE-AAC in M4A container with Winamp's CD Ripper and Transcoder.
- FLAC Encoding - Filename: enc_flac.dll. Adds support for encoding to FLAC with the CD Ripper and Transcoder.
- Output [#]
- DirectSound Output (required) - Filename: out_ds.dll. Default Output plugin (recommended). Configuration & Troubleshooting
Also provides support for -
- Old-school WAV/MME Writer - Filename: out_disk.dll. Old DiskWriter plugin for converting files from one format to another (default is PCM WAV, but supports all system ACM codecs). Deprecated, but some users still prefer to use it instead of the Encoder plugins. Can be useful for doing things the Transcoder can't, eg. MIDI to WAV.
- WaveOut Output - Filename: out_wave.dll. Old WaveOut Output. No longer required or recommended, but kept in for old time's sake.
- CDDB for recognizing CD's [#] - Filenames: Plugins\Gracenote dir: CDDBControlWinamp.dll | CDDBUIWinamp.dll | CddbMusicIDWinamp.dll | CddbWOManagerWinamp.dll | Cddb*.dll (misc libraries). Adds support for looking up Artist/Album/Title/etc info for Audio CD's.
- Sonic Ripping/Burning Support (bundled 3rd-party engine) - Filenames: pxsdkpls.dll (pre-5.22 and 5.61+) | primosdk.dll (5.22-5.6) | burnlib.dll (Winamp dir) | px.dll | pxdrv.dll | pxmas.dll | pxwave.dll | pxwma.dll | pxcpya64.exe | pxcpyi64.exe | pxhpinst.exe | pxinsa64.exe | pxinsi64.exe | vxblock.dll (%system% dir) | pxhelp20.sys | cdralw2k.sys | cdr4_2k.sys (Win2k) | cdr4_xp.sys (WinXP) | pxhelper.vxd (Win98SE/ME, pre 5.5 only) | pxhelper.sys (WinNT4) (%system%\drivers dir). Adds support for Burning Audio CD's
(at 4x speed with Winamp Full, at unlimited speed with Winamp Pro). Requires a reboot on first install for the Sonic Engine to be properly registered. Not recommended to install under Win9x (pre-5.5 only). Note: You can still use the CD Ripper if you uncheck this feature and ASPI is installed (Win9x-only, pre 5.5 only) | Info | ASPI is not required under Win2k/XP, and if Sonic is not installed, Winamp will attempt to use the native SPTI engine instead (though if ASPI is erroneously present, eg. if it's been installed by some other app such as Nero or Adaptec, then ASPI will take precedence over SPTI).
- Signal Processor Studio plugin - Filename: dsp_sps.dll. Adds options to use various sound effects (eg. mono, chorus, reverb, pitch, etc).
- Winamp Media Library - Filenames: Plugins\gen_ml.dll | 'plugins\ml' subfolder (library database). The Media Library window, for -
- Building your music/video file database
- Creating customizable views/smartlists
- Mass editing file tags (eg. id3v1/v2 tags, vorbis comments, etc)
- Viewing cover art for all your albums
- Creating & storing all your Playlists
- Storing/editing bookmarks
- Rating files (1 to 5 stars)
- Accessing the cd rip/burn gui
- Album info/cover lookups
- Streaming Media listings (SHOUTcast TV/Radio, winamp.com music/videos)
- Accessing the Podcast Directory and subscribing to & download podcasts
- Managing your Portable Media Players (iPod, Zen, etc)
- And much much more (see additional ml plugins listed below)
Note that none of the core/extra ml_*.dll plugins listed below will load unless gen_ml.dll (the actual Media Library window) is present. If no ml_*.dll plugins are present then the Media Library will be completely empty (ie. there'll be no nodes/views at all in the left pane).
- Core Media Library Components - Local Media, Playlists, CD Rip & Burn, Bookmarks, History, Now Playing. Filenames: nde.dll (nullsoft database engine) | Plugins dir: ml_local.dll | ml_playlists.dll | ml_disc.dll | ml_bookmarks.dll | ml_history.dll | ml_nowplaying.dll
- Transcoding Tool (aka: Format Converter)- Filename: ml_transcode.dll. Used for converting from one file format to another. Accessed via Playlist item's or Media Library entry's right-click menu > Send To > Format Converter.
- Replay Gain Analysis Tool - Filenames: ml_rg.dll | ReplayGainAnalysis.dll (Plugins dir). Used for volume levelling, to try make all audio files play at approximately the same volume | More Info.
- Database Import/Export Tool - Filename: ml_impex.dll (Plugins dir). For exporting the local media library database to an iTunes compatible .xml file (useful for backing up the database so it can be reimported later). Can also be used to import existing iTunes library database & playlists .xml files directly into Winamp's Media Library.
- Auto-Tagger - Filename: ml_autotag.dll. Used for auto-tagging your files and filling in any missing track info (accessed via the "Send To" menu when right-clicking selected songs). Powered by the online Gracenote/MusicID fingerprint database.
- Podcast Directory (pka: Shoutcast Wire) - Filename: ml_wire.dll. Allows you to subscribe to and download podcasts from the Digital Podcast Directory.
- Winamp Add-ons - Filename: ml_addons.dll. A search portal for discovering new skins and plugins.
- Online Media (aka: Media Library > Online Services) - Filename: ml_online.dll. Replacement in 5.2+ for old Online Media section.
(SHOUTcast Radio & TV, Winamp Charts, AOL Radio, Lyrics, and many others).
- Playlist Generator - Filename: ml_plg.dll. Scans your local media database and automatically generates acoustically dynamic playlists (can be configured to create lists of between 20 and 200 results). Accessed by right-clicking songs in the Playlist or Media Library and selecting "Play tracks similar to".
- Portable Media Player Support (ml_pmp.dll, ml_devices.dll, devices.w5s)
- iPod support (pmp_ipod.dll)
- Creative Labs support (Zen Micro, Nomad Jukebox, etc) (pmp_njb.dll)
- MS PlaysForSure support (pmp_p4s.dll) (requires WinXP sp1 or higher) - For all MTP & P4S compatible devices*
- USB Device Support, for usb devices which mount as a drive (pmp_usb.dll)
- Android Device Support (pmp_android.dll)
- Microsoft ActiveSync Support, for Windows Mobile powered Pocket PCs and Smartphones (pmp_activesync.dll) (Requires latest MS ActiveSync to be installed).
(*) Note: Android devices which don't mount as a drive will connect in MTP mode (e.g. Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4 & Archos 101 XS)
User Interface Extensions
- Global Hotkey Support [#] - Filename: gen_hotkeys.dll. Adds support for using keyboard hotkeys to control Winamp's basic functions even when Winamp isn't the active app. Configurable via: Prefs > Global Hotkeys
- Extended Jump to File Support [#] - Filename: gen_jumpex.dll. Enhances Winamp's built-in Jump to File dialog (Playlist > J / F3). Adds Winamp3-style support for queuing files to be played next, amongst many other awesome features...
- Nullsoft Tray Control [#] - Filename: gen_tray.dll. Adds an option for showing Play/Stop/Next/Prev icons in systray.
- Modern Skin Support - Filenames: gen_ff.dll | tataki.dll | 'plugins\freeform' dir. Adds support for Modern Skins (wal files). Without it, you will only be able to use classic 2.x skins (wsz files).
Self-explanatory visualization plugins...
- Nullsoft Tiny Screen [#] - Filename: vis_nsfs.dll
- Advanced Visualization Studio - Filename: vis_avs.dll | 'plugins\avs' dir (presets)
- Milkdrop 2 - Filename: vis_milk2.dll | 'plugins\milkdrop2' dir (presets)
- Line-in Support [#] - Filename: in_linein.dll. Adds support for linein:// input (via: Add/Open URL Dialog)
mainly for use with Winamp Visualization plugins.
Winamp Application Detect
Browser plugins for participating websites (winamp.com, shoutcast.com, spinner.com, music.aol.com, etc) to detect Winamp presence and version and deliver appropriate content (eg. for knowing whether your version of Winamp supports the winamp:// protocol from v5.57 and above, or for installing online services directly from winamp.com).
- Mozilla Firefox - Filename: %ProgramFiles%\Mozilla Firefox\components\npwachk.xpt. Firefox plugin
- Windows Internet Explorer - Filename: %ProgramFiles%\Winamp Detect\iewachk.dll. IE plugin.
Optional language packs (only appears in the multi-national installers).
[#] Included with Winamp Lite
Screen 5: Choose Start Options
- Create Start menu entry: Places Winamp shortcuts in Start > Programs.
- Create Quick Launch icon: Places a Winamp shortcut in the Quick Launch toolbar.
- Create Desktop icon: Places a Winamp shortcut on the Desktop.
Uncheck what you don't want and click "Next"
Screen 6: Get the Most out of Winamp
- Winamp Toolbar
- Set Winamp Search as default search engine
- eMusic.com icon and offer for 50 free mp3's
Uncheck what you don't want and click "Install"
Screen 7: Installing Winamp
Screen 8: Installation Complete
It is recommended to keep the following option check-marked:
- Launch Winamp after the installer closes
Note: The following Winamp Setup 1-3 Screens only appear if you didn't uncheck the above "Launch Winamp after the installer closes" option.
Screen 9: Winamp Setup 1: Choose Skin
Select one of the two Bento skin options (standard or large). Choose 'Current' to select whatever skin was active prior to installation (useful on upgrades). Or select the Winamp Modern skin, or built-in Winamp Classic 2.x base skin, or any other 3rd-party skin (if installed).
Screen 10: Winamp Setup 2: File Associations
- Audio Files: Select which Audio filetypes you want Winamp to be the default player for.
- Other Files: Lists any file extensions added by 3rd-party Input plugins.
- Playlist Files: Select which Playlist filetypes you want Winamp to be the default player for.
- Video Files: Select which Video filetypes you want Winamp to be the default player for.
- Winamp Specific Files: Makes sure Winamp-specific filetypes such as WLZ (Winamp Language Pack), WSZ (Winamp Classic Skin), WAL (Winamp Modern Skin) are associated with Winamp. We strongly recommended to keep all of these checkmarked.
- Launch Winamp for Audio CDs: Makes Winamp the default CD Player
- Show Winamp in Folder context menus in Windows Explorer: Adds 'Play/Enqueue in Winamp' etc to the menu when you right-click Folders in Windows Explorer.
- Enable Winamp Agent: Places Winamp Agent icon in systray.
Screen 11: Winamp Setup 3: Choose Online Services
Select which web services will be displayed in the Online Services section of the Media Library.
On clean installs, all available services (SHOUTcast Radio, SHOUTcast TV, Winamp Music, AOL Radio, AOL Videos, etc) will be listed under the "Featured" section. On upgrades, only new services will be listed under "Featured" and the ones you're "Already Subscribed" to will be listed below.
Note that you can always subscribe/unsubscribe from services and edit your selection later via the Online Services section in the Media Library. Also note that this page will not appear if you unchecked Online Services (or the entire Media library) in the "Choose Components" section of the Installer Options (see "Screen 4" above).
Screen 12: Winamp Setup 4: User Feedback
Email address, ZIP Code (or Country) & Gender are optional (not required).
Uncheck any other options, if you wish ('Send me info about Winamp', 'Allow anonymous usage statistics').
If "Cancel" is clicked, then setup just exits. No settings are saved, and Winamp does not open.
Otherwise, click "Finish" (recommended).
A small "Starting Winamp" dialog appears.
Winamp Opens. Congratulations!
Winamp Pro: Registration
If you purchased a Winamp Pro license and are running the Pro installer, an Enter Registration Key dialog will appear.
If you skip this part or if you already have the latest version of Winamp (free) installed, you can unlock the Pro features by going to:
Winamp > Prefs (Ctrl+P) > Winamp Pro (very top left of the Preferences tree)
and on the right, enter your Registration Name in the top field (the exact same name you used on the registration form)
and copy+paste the exact Registration Key into the bottom field.
Click 'Submit Registration Key'
Say 'Yes' to any UAC Prompt (Win7/Vista)
It will now say 'Valid 5.0 Regsitration Key' and the Pro features will be unlocked.