Music status isn't showing when I use Windows Media Player

If Windows Media Player or your Windows desktop crashes, Windows Media Player will disable all plug-ins, including the music-status plug-in for Google Talk. To re-enable the Google Talk plug-in, follow these steps:

  1. Open Windows Media Player.
  2. From the View menu, select Plug-ins > Options...
  3. From the Category section of the Plug-ins tab, select Background.
  4. Select the Google Talk Music Plugin checkbox.
  5. Click OK.

You'll need to close and restart Windows Media Player for the change to take effect.

A note for Vista users: If you can't find the Google Talk Music plug-in in the Plug-ins tab of your Windows Media Player settings, try these steps:

  1. Uninstall Google Talk.
  2. Visit
  3. Click Download Google Talk client near the bottom of the page.
  4. Save the installation file to your desktop.
  5. Right-click the installation file (googletalk-setup.exe) on your desktop and select Run as administrator.
  6. Follow the instructions to install Talk.