Can't transfer legally purchased music and videos to your iPod, Sony PSP because of the DRM protection of Windows Media files? Here comes free software for Windows called FairUse4WM.
FairUse4WM can't crack DRM license. You must have VALID license files on your harddrive and be able to play the DRM protected files without restrictions. FairUse4WM is intended to be used to make fair-use backups only. Please do not abuse this rule.
FairUse4WM is a GUI version of drmdbg (DRM removal tool). drmdbg doesn't convert your original Windows Media audio and video files, it just removes DRM header of the media file, so you get lossless conversion of DRM protected media files.
FairUse4WM supports Windows Media Player 9, 10, 11
Only works on individualized DRM file
Works with both individualized content and some DRMv1 files
Does not work with Win98 or similar
The program's functioning can be verified by stripping DRM protection from Demo files from ezdrm.com, as well as those from other Microsoft Solution partners.
Note that some Windows Media Player installations will have multiple ECC key-pairs, so you will likely have to "Extract Keys" using multiple licensed files. If you find a file that doesn't convert, try extracting keys with it. Once your whole set of keys is extracted, you will no longer need to run Windows Media Player per file.
We've tested FairUse4WM and can confirm that it quickly and easily strip the DRM protection from PlayForSure online music services like Napster and Yahoo Music. So now you can simply strip DRM protection from PlaysForSure media services. And this lossless DRM removing allows you to make your Windows Media files playable on any device you have.
FairUse4WM 1.3 fix-1 DRM-Remover 2009-01-10 Fix for Windows XP (by milOtis)
This is an update to the rollback fix released by milOtis over a year ago. It contains everything you need to be DRM-free using a Napster subscription under Windows XP. This is fact will work for other subscription services too, however the lingo in this release is Napster specific since "it is the best subscription service available" (milOtis). Just do the instructions exactly as written. You only have to go through them once ever, so be patient and read them!.
Works on Fully Updated Windows XP SP1, SP2 and SP3 Systems
FairUse4WM 1.3 fix 2 adding support of Windows Media Player with IBX version lower than 11.0.6000.6324 (should work with Windows Vista x32/x64 and Zune)
The fix for FairUse4WM 1.3 was made not by viodentia, the developer of FairUse4WM, but by someone called "Divine Tao" at doom9 forums. Many doom9 members confirmed that FairUse4WM 1.3Fix-2 can successfully remove DRM protection from Windows Media Player (WMP) lower than 11.0.6000.6324 and with IBX v11.0.6000.7000. Although it doesn't work with WMP version v11.0.6000.6324 and higher.
To actualize fair use rights with the new IBX, first run 'mirakagi' which will enter the IBX keys into the FairUse4WM blackbox-keys.txt text file.
Next, you should use the attached version of FairUse4WM, 1.3Fix-2. This includes an important fix for a video corruption bug, often seen in scenes affording high compression.
This version should be capable of interfacing with both Windows Vista and Zune software versions.
Download mirakagi.exe and fu4wm13.exe (fix-2) included in the mirakagi.zip (0d5eaa7f8010e1293221a320943adb7e):
FairUse4WM 1.3 2006-11-27 fix adding support of Windows Media Player 11 Final
The fix for FairUse4WM 1.3 was made not by viodentia, the developer of FairUse4WM, but by someone called "monkey boy" at doom9 forums. Many doom9 members confirmed that FairUse4WM 1.3 fixed can successfully remove DRM protection from Windows Media Player (WMP) 11 Final. Although it works with early versions of WMP 11 and it doesn't work with WMP with IBX version higher than v11.0.5497.6285.
NOTE: This is intended for users running Windows Vista as their main OS. These instructions include how to set up Virtual PC within Vista, and get
FairUse4WM working again. All you need is a Windows XP disc. (This was tested under Windows Vista Home Basic/Premium, Business, and Ultimate). This ALSO works on Windows XP. You can just run an older version of XP within Virtual PC on your updated XP host OS.
P.S. You can also install Virtual PC on Windows XP, so you can run an older version of XP on your more updated version of XP. That way if you can get your main host OS to work with FairUse4WM, then you can at least get the virtual PC one to work with it, so these instructions work for anyone who needs FairUse4WM to work. This is a guaranteed method, since you are doing a clean install of XP in your virtual machine, and as long as you don't update it will keep working.
The "2007-04-29" fix should be the end to everyone's problems with FairUse4WM. Just load Virtual PC and just run a more out-of-date XP within your main OS. All you will be using it for is downloading music and FairUse4WM so you only need to tell Virtual PC to allocate like 128mb ram while it's running. You can also set up a shared folder to move the new un-DRM'd files back over to your host OS, so it's just like having another networked computer.
FairUse4WM 1.3 fix downgrading Windows Media Player 11 Final to 11.0.5705.5043
This fix works for already updated IBX, this resets IBX and rollsback WMP11 manually allowing fairuse4wm1.3fix to work.
Part of the instructions in the downloaded .zip archive include deleting the indivbox.key file along with others under All Users/DRM folder.
It works on fully 100% updated computers with the latest Windows Media Player 11 Final installed.
Here's what this fix does and this is why it works:
When you downgrade Window Media Player 11 Final to the one in the zip file "11.0.5705.5043" and reindividualize after deleting the DRM files under "AllUsers", the new "Indivbox.key" is individualized BASED ON your version of Windows Media Player, so the IBX is based on 11.0.5705, and not 11.0.6000...and since fairuse4wm can handle 5705 you are good to go. The fix saves a log file of updates, so no updates will be forced on you that have been undone by this downgrade, because the update log file is still intact.
The good thing about this fix is that it is not just a crack/patch, but a physical file downgrade meaning to counter this Microsoft would have to release an entirely new version of Media Player that installes in a different folder, and use a different DRM method other than IBX.
This method won't work for music and videos you already downloaded, since deleting the contents of the DRM folder will trash any existing licenses you have. So anyone who wants to do this, make sure you backed up or removed the DRM from all your existing music, including any that you ripped to protected WMA yourself.
Please note that instead of rolling back Windows Media Player to a previous version you can try a virtual machine (either VirtualBox, VMWare or Microsoft Virtual PC). Install Windows XP (assuming you have your Windows XP install/upgrade disc) on it and run the beta version of WMP 11 if your purchase requires it. If not you may try to use WMP 10 and remove DRM from within the Virtual PC and simply transfer the DRM-free files to your Windows XP/Vista music folder.
Until there is an update to FairUse4WM to combat the new IBX this is the way I recommend if you use Windows Vista only or updated WMP to the version higher than 11.0.5705.5043.
And NEVER UPGRADE your WMP. If your DRM-licensed media files require an upgrade to WMP 11 use WMP 11 beta 2 or WMP11 beta 3!
FU4WMCommander - batch DRM removal with Fairuse4WM
FU4WMCommander will batch up calls to FairUse so it will call it 1 time for multiple files (in some cases it may have to make multiple calls to FairUse). It allows you to specify a seperate output path, allows you to delete the original files (assuming you use the separate output path), and has the option to keep or remove the NoDRM prefix.