Windows Media Player is a Microsoft application capable of playing a variety of audio and video files directly in the Windows operating system.
Having been a part of Windows for a long time, some people still choose to use other applications to play their media. Learn how to uninstall Windows Media Player from Windows 7.
Why uninstall Windows Media Player?
While Windows Media Player is a popular choice for playing multimedia on Windows, its features have been criticized when compared to competing media players. In particular, the player was criticized for the fact that it does not work well with third-party codecs.
Whatever your reasons, there is no need to install Windows Media Player on your computer if you never use it or intend to use it. However, keep in mind that removing the player from Windows affects all PC users; after uninstalling the player, no PC user can use it.
Before making such a PC-level change to your computer, check with other users if they don’t mind if Windows Media Player is no longer available on your PC. You can simply save yourself the headache of making changes that affect other users.
Uninstall Windows Media Player from Windows 7
Before you can uninstall Windows Media Player from Windows 7, you need to log in to your PC using an account with administrator rights. Once logged in, click Start Control Panel Programs Programs and Features.
The “Remove or Change Component” window opens. In the far left corner of the window, click the Turn Windows features on or off link.
You should now see the Turn Windows Features On or Off window. This is a window where you can install, uninstall, enable and disable many Windows 7 applications and features.
Find the folder in the window that says Multimedia Features and click the Plus sign next to it. The multimedia features installed on your computer are listed here.
Find the entry labeled Windows Media Player and uncheck the box next to it. Click OK and follow the instructions to remove the player. You may need to raise the UAC permission to complete this step.
Depending on how you used Media Player, Windows may ask you a number of questions about how you want to uninstall the application. Soon, Windows Media Player will no longer be available on your computer.
If you decide you want to use Windows Media Player again, log in to Windows 7 using an account with administrator rights. Go to the Turn Windows Features On or Off window and then select the check box next to Windows Media Player in the Media Features folder again. Follow the instructions on the screen and you can use the app again.
There are many reasons why you might want to remove Windows Media Player from Windows 7. Whatever the reason, Microsoft has made it easy. If you change your mind, you can always turn the app back on and start using it.