View Full Version : Eradicating Windows Media Player

03-17-2004, 08:22 PM
System is running WIN98SE; Lite ON CDwriter; Creative 52X cdrom, Nero installed as that came with the cdwriter. It had been working fine. Now no matter what I put in the cdwriter or copy to the HD for copying, it says unrecognizable format I uninstalled Nero, then reinstalled. The windows media player has taken over, no matter what I put in the cdrom, it pops up. Wont play but if I close, go to entertainment, cdrom, plays just fine. I can't find windows media player in add/remove. How do I eradicate it? I checked msconfig and windows media player isn't listed in start up.

03-17-2004, 10:11 PM
I believe it is difficult, but possible to remove it, but I don't have the trick. However, if you open it and select View, Options you can set the formats that it works with, you can choose to have it not load without asking, you can make sure it doesn't provide a unique identifier and other things....

03-17-2004, 11:00 PM
I renamed WMP (currently in C:/Program Files to OLDWMP. It comes up now telling me it can't find the needed program which I then cancel, then go on to entertainment, cdrom' this works. The only location I can find for WMP is in Windows Explorer. Can I delete it there without a problem since it doesn't exist in Add/Remove? There is no "view" when WMP boots up. Just a flashy screen with buttons on the right side.

03-17-2004, 11:14 PM
uninstall Windows Media Player 9

Step 1: Enter Safe Mode
1. Restart your computer.
2. Keep pressing F8 key after your computer completes the
Power On Self
Test (POST) until the Windows Startup menu appears.
3. Choose Safe Mode from the startup menu.

Step 2: Show hidden files
1. Launch My Computer
2. Go to Tools->Files Options->Views
3. Check "Show Hidden Files and Folders"
4. Uncheck "Hide protected Operating System Files"
5. Click OK

Step 3: Remove some files
1. Create a temp folder for backup. For example, C:\bak
2. Move the following files to C:\BAK
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application
Data\Microsoft\Media Index

C:\program files\windows media player\wmplayer.exe

3. Go to Start ->Run, type REGEDIT and then click OK.

4. Navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Uninstall\WMP7

5. Highlight "WMP9" and delete it.

6. Navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ActiveSetup\ InstalledComponents\{6BF52A52-394A-11d3-B153-00C04F79FAA6}

7. Highlight "{6BF52A52-394A-11d3-B153-00C04F79FAA6}" and delete it.

Step 4: Remove DRM files
Move the Following Directory to C:\BAK:

C:\Windows\DRM "

This should work

03-18-2004, 05:33 PM
Microsoft certainly doesn't make things easy! Thanks I am now rid of the pest.