WMP 12 hangs on 'Opening Media'

So for the last several months my WMP has been having issues. If I am watching video's on my hard drive it will play the first file just fine. If I leave WMP open for just a few minutes and try opening another file, it works fine. However if it is open for an extended period of time, maybe 20 minutes or more, the next file I try to open will just sit on the Opening Media screen. Then when I close WMP, the window will close but a process will stay open. I have to go into my task manager and end the process to open the next file.

I have tried reinstalling and it still has the same problem. I haven't been able to find any solutions online.

I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 SP 1
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  1. why dont you switch to a different media player like VLC or something?
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