How to Reset Windows Media Player Defaults

by Kevin Winters

There are a number of ways to restore the default settings to Windows Media Player. If you just want to return the file-type associations to their default settings (i.e. the types of files that Media Player opens), this can be done separately. If you want to undo recent changes you have made to the setting, you can use System Restore. If you want to reset all of the settings to their original state, you will need to uninstall Media Player and reinstall it.

Change Default Programs

1

Click on "Start" and then click on "Default Programs" in the Start menu.

2

Click on "Set program access and computer defaults" in the window that opens.

3

Click on "Custom" to expand a list of file types and their associated programs if you the default setting that you want to revert to. You can click on "Computer Manufacturer" to expand a list of your computer's default settings to use as a reference for making changes on your custom list. To change associations, click on the name of a file type to open a drop-down menu and then click on the program you want to use for that file type. If you just want to set all of your computers file type associations to their defaults, click on "Computer Manufacturer."

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Click on "OK" to save these settings to your computer.

System Restore

1

Click on "Start" and then click on "Control Panel" in the Start menu.

2

Double-click on "Backup and Restore Center"; for pre-Vista systems, double-click on "System Restore."

3

Click on "Restore system files and settings."

4

Pick a restore point by clicking on it and then click on "OK." A dialog box will open asking you to confirm that you want to restore.

5

Click on "Yes" to restore your system.

Reinstall Media Player

1

Click on "Start" and then click on "Control Panel" in the Start menu.

2

Click on "Programs" and then click on "Programs and Features."

3

Select Windows Media Player from the drop-down list of programs and then click on the "Change" button.

4

Click on the "Reinstall" option in the window that opens and then click on "Yes" in the confirmation box that appears to reinstall Windows Media Player.

Tip

  • check You need to have Administrator privileges on your computer to perform these tasks.

About the Author

Kevin Winters has been working as a freelance writer since 2009. His work has included feature articles for "The Hythe Herald" as well as instructional guides for scientific equipment. Winters holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of Warwick.

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