How do I remove Windows Media Player from Windows 7?

Richard Barber August 24, 2012
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I would like to completely remove Windows Media Player 12 from Windows 7 Ultimate. Is this possible and if so, how?

  1. Bodi Hemanth
    October 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features. Click on ‘Turn Windows features on or off’. In the Windows Features dialog box, expand ‘Media Features’ and clear the checkbox for Windows Media Player. Click OK to complete the change.NOTE: This does not remove all program files and DLLs associated with WMP as some of those files are required for other elements of the operating system, but it does remove WMP as a media player option unless re-enabled (includes reinstallation by the standalone installer available from the MS website).

  2. HLJonnalagadda
    September 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    That is true, the feature can be disabled by going to "Turn Windows features on or off’, but it cannot be uninstalled.

  3. Amit Sinha
    August 31, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    You can't uninstall it as it is provided as inbuilt in windows.
    You can turn it all features off or change your default media program to Vlc or any other program that you like

  4. Irshaad Abdool
    August 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Programs and Features
    then Turn Windows Features on or off
    look for Windows media player

  5. venkatp16
    August 29, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    you can do it from control panel, pogram features - Turn off window features

  6. Benjamin Glass
    August 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Yeah, there's no way to completely remove WMP. :-( As everyone else said, you can disable it by following Bruce Epper's instructions.

  7. FIDELIS
    August 27, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Hello, you could try the following steps:

    -- click on start
    -- control panel
    -- click on Programs tab
    -- under Programs and features, click on Turn windows features on/off
    -- Click on "+" sign next to Media Features to expand it
    -- Find the entry for windows media player, and uncheck the mark next to it
    -- click on ok\
    -- that should unistall windows media player

  8. April Eum
    August 24, 2012 at 1:58 am

    if you go to control panel and find windows media player on the programs tab, you can disable the windows feature. as for removing it entirely, i would say its not easy because it's default to windows os :O

    • Alan Wade
      August 24, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Not true, it depends on the version especially with Win7.
      The 'N' version has no Media Center with it at all.

  9. Bruce Epper
    August 24, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features. Click on 'Turn Windows features on or off'. In the Windows Features dialog box, expand 'Media Features' and clear the checkbox for Windows Media Player. Click OK to complete the change.NOTE: This does not remove all program files and DLLs associated with WMP as some of those files are required for other elements of the operating system, but it does remove WMP as a media player option unless re-enabled (includes reinstallation by the standalone installer available from the MS website).

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