Reviews by ETPhHm

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Real Alternative 2.0.2
on 14 October 2011 , reviewed by: ETPhHm

# 1

I can't give it a 5-star rating because when you install it, if you have RealPlayer already installed, it will tell you that you should uninstall it before proceeding and then asks you if you want to uninstall it now?

When you click yes, it fails to remove all the garbage left over by RealPlayer, and then after it proceeds to the installation of Real Alternative, it fails to install the core components. Now some would argue that it uses RP's uninstall data so it isn't RA's fault. But I say then why does it check for things that RP leaves behind? Version 1.90 does not.

They either should not check or do the final bit of house cleaning of RP trash before attempting to install. Not a good install routine on 2.02. The following was my journey to resolve this on my own:

I am running Windows XP SP3. I have been using Real Alternative for years and never trusted RealPlayer after I saw how horrible it takes over your system.

About 4 or 5 months ago, I installed Google Chrome because IE v.9 does not support XP and v.8 is buggy. Chrome installed RealPlayer as a BHO while I was asleep at the wheel and then I started having problems playing .smi .rp and .rm files from my computer.

I uninstalled RealPlayer (BHO my @$$, RP had installed the whole program), but it left a lot of stuff behind after the uninstall (d@mn those people, Real jerks). My MPC wouldn't play Real files at all (MPC - "unable to render file").

I uninstalled MPC and tried to reinstall Real Alternative 2.02, but it wouldn't allow me to select the core components for RealPlayer during installation.

After searching a bit on the internet, I found advice that directed me to go into my Program Files and Documents and Settings folders and delete the subfolders associated with RealPlayer, and also use a registry cleaner to try cleaning up what RealPlayer left behind. This did not work for me either and I was still unable to install the core components for Real Alternative 2.02.

The only solution I have found was to install K-Lite Mega Pack 7.8 and install the MPC Home Cinema v.1.5, then intall Real Alternative 1.90 into the same folder where Home Cinema is located, but I unchecked the MPC player during the install and just let the drivers install into the MPC Home Cinema folder. Apparently, version 1.9 of Real Alternative does not look for RealPlayer garbage left behind as 2.02 does. But that wasn't all...

Then I had to go into MPC Home Cinema "options" and install the external filters for RealAudio, RealMedia, and RealVideo. Finally, I had to associate the formats with the MPC player. All that works and I can play Real files now, but I just can't install the updated core components in RA version 2.02.

Anyone else experiencing this issue? I am sure there is some RealPlayer crap hiding somewhere on my computer but so far I am unable to find it. There is a registry entry that some have found by searching "WoW64" which is thought to be a leftover by RealPlayer after an uninstall, but this value or key is not in my registry.

UPDATE: I was using jv16 Power Tools and used its Registry Manager which has an Add/Remove menu utility... I scanned down the list in that and saw RealPlayer 12.0 still showing up there, so I deleted it and voila! I can now select the core components on the Real Alternative 2.02 installation. That alone probably wouldn't have solved the problem but along with all the other housekeeping I had to do to get RealPlayer off my system, it all finally worked.

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