How To Uninstall Windows Media Player 11

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Are you looking for a method to uninstall Windows Media Player 11? This article will outline the different methods and the steps to remove Windows Media Player 11.

Most software programs installed on your PC will have an Uninstall option in the program menu, from where you can easily uninstall the software. Even otherwise you can remove these software through “Add or Remove Programs” in the Control Panel. But for windows programs like Windows Media Player 11, Internet Explorer 8 etc. it is not as straight forward as explained above.

Windows Media Player cannot be completely removed on all versions of Windows OS as it is a feature built into the operating system in some versions like Windows vista and Windows 7. However, depending upon the version of the media player and Windows OS that you are using on the computer, you might be able to roll back to a previous version of the player installed on the computer. However, the roll back procedure varies depending upon the version of the Player used.

How to uninstall Windows Media Player 11 in Windows XP?

Before proceeding to uninstall WMP 11, make sure that you have logged into Windows XP as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group. This is necessitated by the fact that one should have administrative privileges to uninstall Windows Media Player 11 in Windows XP. You may then proceed with the steps outlined below to uninstall WMP 11 in XP.

  • Click Start => Control Panel on your Windows XP desktop.
  • On the Control Panel, click “Add or Remove Programs” under the category view.
  • Click “Change or Remove Programs” if it is not already selected and then at the top of the screen, find the “Show Updates” check box and enable it. You will then be shown all the currently installed programs and their updates.
  • Find and select Windows Media Player 11 from the list of programs, and then click the Remove button. Since this is a large file, Windows may take several minutes to remove it.

How To uninstall Windows Media Player 11 in Windows XP

  • When prompted, restart your computer, and then log in again as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group.
  • Go back to the Control Panel, select Add or Remove Programs, and then click Change or Remove Programs, if it is not selected by default.
  • Next, find and click on “Show Updates” check box at the top of the window, to select it. Find and select “Windows Media Format 11 run-time” from the list installed programs and then click the Remove button at the bottom.
  • When prompted, restart the computer, and log in again as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group.
  • Go back to the Control Panel, select Add or Remove Programs, find and Click Microsoft User-Mode Driver Frameworks Feature Pack 1.0, and then click the Remove button.
  • You may then follow the instructions in the Software Update Removal Wizard. When you encounter the Wudf01000 confirmation dialog box, click Yes to continue.
  • You may then have to wait for several minutes for the Feature Pack to be completely removed. when prompted, click the Finish button to complete the removal process.

That is all! If you want to rollback to a previous version of Windows Media Player, you can even use System Restore to roll back to the previous version of the Player.

If you aren’t successful in removing Windows Media Player 11 from windows XP using the above method, you may try the following solution to uninstall Windows Media Player.

  • Click Start => Run, type %windir%\$ntUninstallwmp11$\spuninst\spuninst.exe, and then click OK.
  • Click Next, and then click Finish.

In Windows Vista, you cannot uninstall Windows Media Player as it is part of the Windows OS Platform. You can only turn on/off Vista features, including Windows Media Player.But note that this option does not remove it from your PC.

If you are having problems with WMP 11 in Windows Vista and if you have the original Vista disc with you, try booting the computer with the Vista DVD and then use the repair button, to see if it resolves your media player problems. You can alternatively try this automated Microsoft solution to fix windows Media Player errors.

If you want to reinstall WMP 11 in Windows XP or install it on N or KN editions of Windows Vista, you can download Windows Media Player 11 for free and install it on your PC.

If you are on other editions of windows Vista, it is already built into the OS and you can turn on windows Media Player to enable the media player functionality again.

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