I recently tried running the Windows Media Batch Encoder on my Vista machine, and I got the dreaded “Application has stopped working” error message. After searching around a bit, I found a link on a Microsoft page that fixes this problem. I downloaded and installed the fix, and now I’m back to running WME batch encoder again. Below is the link to the Microsoft fix:
So if you have problems getting WME9 running on your Vista machine, try downloading the hot fix supplied by Microsoft.