How to Turn Off Windows Media Playerby Patrick Hutchison
Microsoft's Windows Media Player is designed to play multimedia files on PCs running Microsoft Windows. If you decide to use a third-party program to play media, you need to turn off Windows Media Player in order to avoid conflict between it and the other media player. You cannot fully remove Windows Media Player, but you can alter its settings to keep it from attempting to play media files.
Remove File Type Associations
Click on "Tools" on the menu bar of Windows Media Player.
Go to "Options."
Select the "File Types" tab.
Uncheck every file type box listed.
Remove Default Access
Go to "Control Panel."
Select "Add or Remove Programs."
Go to "Set Program Access and Defaults."
Choose "Custom" configuration.
Scroll down to "Choose a default media player" and select a media player other than Windows Media Player.
- check Avoid installing any media player updates offered by Windows, as they may restore Windows Media Player file type associations and default access.
- close Do not attempt to fully remove Windows Media Player from your computer. Its files are integrated into the operating system, and removing them may harm your computer.
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