WMP 12 was running in the background, so I figured out how to disable it, which did not solve the issue. Now I cannot load it back or use WMP11? Fan still runs...any ideas short of reloading OS again?
WMP doesn't have to run in the background unless you want it to. As for Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service running, you can disable it but then the wmp network features won't work. The same with WMP 11, I believe.
If there is a problem with your wmp and you wish to reinstall it, then