How to Remove Windows Media Player

by Lucosi Fuller

Windows Media Player is a great media-playing tool to have, but you've decided you want to try something different. There are many media players in circulation, with new ones appearing often. This article will explain how to remove Windows Media Player.

Uninstalling Windows Media Player

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Create a System Restore Point before you begin uninstalling Windows Media Player.

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Click \"Start\" and then click \"Control Panel.\"

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In the \"Control Panel\" system folder, click on \"Add or Remove Programs.\"

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Check the box that says \"Show updates.\"

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Click every update that has anything to do with Windows Media Player. Highlight them and click \"Remove.\" \"Windows Media Format 11 runtime\" and \"Windows Media Player 11\" are just two examples of items that will appear on the updates list.

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If you're prompted, restart your computer.

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Log in. Click \"Start;\" then click \"Run.\"

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Type \"Regedit\" in the box and click on \"OK.\"

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Click on \"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.\"

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Click on \"SOFTWARE.\"

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Click on \"Microsoft.\"

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Click on \"Windows.\"

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Click on \"Current Version.\"

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Right-click on \"Uninstall\wmp11\" to delete the registry key. Close the Registry Editor.

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Restart your computer and allow the changes to take place. Windows Media Player should be uninstalled after this process.

Warnings

  • close Do not attempt this process with Windows Vista.
  • close Windows Media Player is a component of the operating system and deleting it may cause the system to malfunction.

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