How to Uninstall Windows Media Player 11
By on June 17th, 2006

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Usually most of the software you install has an uninstall option in the program menu from where you can easily uninstall the software, but with some softwares like Windows Media Player 11 and Internet Explorer 7 it is not the case.

Recently one of my readers asked me how to uninstall the Windows Media Player 11, which in itself is not a straight forward task as it is does not have an uninstall option present unlinke most of the other softwares.

Performing the steps listed below you can remove any Windows Software updates that have been installed on your computer, including Internet Explorer 7 and any other updates.

Its a quite simple process and do this you will have to open the Add / remove program option from Control Panel.

Once you are in the Add / Remove Program section you will see a list of programs that have been installed on your computer.

In the top section of the Add / Remove program section you will see a small check box saying Show updates click on that as shown in the screen shot below.

Uninstall windows media player 11

Once you have clicked on that scroll down till you see Windows XP – Software Updates.

Remove Software Updates

Under that remove anything that is related to the Windows media player 11 and you will have successfully uninstalled Windows Media Player 11.

You will also find the Internet Explorer Beta 7 and various other updates installed by Windows Update and uninstall it using the same steps.


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  • http://none Ronald

    Thanks for your advice,

    But now an other promlem.

    How do you remove the plug in player in Internet Explorer. I have dowloaded the player and it really sucks. I reversed the programm in order you told so. But eveytime I want to play a flim on the internet the plug in players pops up and there is no film to see. Whats the solution??????

  • Brian

    after updating to wmp 11 all videos now play with a red tint.

    I tyred rolling back to wmp 10, but it\’s still red. I cant roll back to wmp 9 cuz wmp 10 is not showne on add/remove programs.

    I also tryed system restore and its still red.

    I\’ve even tryed other media players and they play red as well.

    dose anyone know how to fix the red bug?

  • L

    God, thank you so much – I was so relieved when I saw a dialog box asking me if I wanted to roll back to my previous WMP version. Now I know where to go if I want to uninstall anything. 8)

  • Hoopla

    :P
    Thank you so much !

    Merci beaucoup pour cette aide precieuse !

  • Jay

    The only thing that worked for me was to run this

    C:\\WINDOWS\\$NtUninstallwmp11$\\spuninst\\spuninst.exe

    As suggested by [quote=BIT-stream]Hi.. all

    if you fail to unisnatll wmp11 (rollback to the previous version of wmp) please try the following solution if all other solutions given above fails….. but note this might even take u back to wmp9 (original wmp that comes with winxp).. then u might need to re-install wmp10 again if that\’s what u want…

    I tried every possible solution that was give in all the sites….. maybe there are even tools which i might have not come across… but the following worked for me… so i hope it will work for u too

    GOTO ->
    C:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallwmp11$\spuninst\spuninst.exe

    after the rollback is complete… a restart might be required… then afterwards…

    C:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallWMFDist11$\spuninst\spuninst.exe

    again a reatart might be needed….

    good luck all!

    p.s. the reason behind unistalling wmp11 was not coz it was bad… coz i did not have any bad experience with it untill now when i got my nokia n91 the mplayer sync driver that came with the player did not work with wmp11… this is due to me upgrading wmp9(comes withg windows) directly to wmp11. i had to install wmp10 1st to make the driver work and then upgrade to wmp11… which fixed my problem…. but the latest wmp11 beta does not work at all with the syn driver anyway….[/quote]

    THIS WORKS.
    I tried everything for a couple days. Frustrating. Thanks this works.

  • Jerry

    Sometimes this does not work is there an alternate solution?
    I mean i dont want to go into safe mode and delete everything
    then go through the registry and remove all the WMP 11 values
    Maybe there is another way….
    Any help please.

  • Jerry

    sorry i missed the post above mine. Thanks anyway :lol:

  • bextage

    Thnx BIT STREAM !!!!

    the method discribed by bit strea

  • bextage

    Thnx BIT STREAM !!!!

    the method discribed by bit stream realy worked for me !

    the remove/rollback to wmp10 didnt work for me, wmp11 would not remove from my system but with the method provided by bit stream i rolled back to wmp10

    thnx a lot !!!!

  • Niko

    Thanx BIT STREAM,

    Thro\’ Control Panel I couldn\’t un-install WMP11. But your method rocks.

    Niko

  • ian

    cool…it works… :D

  • dan

    I only had one of those folders under windows.

    C:\\WINDOWS\\$NtUninstallWMFDist11$\\spuninst\\spuninst.exe

    Ran the exe, removed the files. But it doesn\’t matter is still can\’t install WMP 10. I still get that stupid media player 11 installed pop up.

    I even removed the whole media player folder, that didn\’t work.

    So where the hell are the rest of the WMP11 files and when is that stupid pop up that prevents me from installing WMP 10?

  • Niko

    dan,

    If you do not have the following folders & files, try to [b]copy from another PC where these are available [/b]and then try t un-install WMP11 as per the following process:

    Execeute:
    C:\\WINDOWS\\$NtUninstallwmp11$\\spuninst\\spuninst.exe

    after the rollback is complete… a restart might be required… then afterwards execute:

    C:\\WINDOWS\\$NtUninstallWMFDist11$\\spuninst\\spuninst.exe

    again a reatart might be needed….

    Niko

  • http://techie-buzz.com/technology-buzz/how-to-uninstall-windows-media-player-11.html#CommentForm word up

    Let me start off by saying thanks for posting these solutions. I\’m not tech savvy but can follow instructions. That being said, at the \”Once you have clicked on that scroll down till you see Windows XP – Software Updates.\” stage of the instructions, I don\’t get the same window that is showing (i.e. my WMP11 and WMF11 runtime) is above the windows xp software updates, not within the file as shown. what do I do?

    word up

  • vince

    i have exactly the same problem as Ashey.. can someone help, pls?

    [quote=Ashley]I have tried to uninstall the way you said, but it says that it has rolled back to the previous version succesfully but when I click on the icon for media player nothing happens and when I try to install media player 10 it says it cant because ther is a newer version on the computer, I have tried restarting and all that, but no matter how many times it says it rolled back the version nothing seems to change except I cant access the player without reinstalling media player 11.
    I need media player 10 because 11 screws around with my iRiver MPC.[/quote]

  • Scott

    I believe I\’ve tried everything contained in the above postings but I still can\’t install the firmware upgrade on my Zen Vision M. Does anyone know if I can send it anywhere to have someone do it for me?

  • http://lagopi.blogspot.com Ramanathan

    Very good post. I was actually looking for a way to do it.

    BTW, thanks for visiting my blog and writing a review.

    Would you like to exchange links?

  • http://www.deadmeat.org Kinta Puntae\’

    [size=large][/size][size=medium][color=na[i][/i][b][/b]vy]I realize some computer retards will have problems with many facets of the new Windows package. I am advanced, so I know how to scroll through a program, learn it, and figure out what to do with the settings inolved. Saying that, I\’ve configured WP 11 to my needs and it works just great in my Dell. Now, if you just install it and expect it to do all these wonderful things without giving it any attention, then maybe you should just delete it. Because its a waste of your and its time. Ive found settings to address everything I neded in settting this baby up. Its actually the best version yet. I guess though simpletons should stick with the simpler versions. Peace zipperheads! LMAO, Punta-booo[/color][/size]

  • Edmon

    people, please, help meeeeee
    i have tried all ways of uninstalling WMP 11
    it does not help
    i don\’t know what to do

  • ucro

    OK, for those of u that don\’t \”see\” the

    C:\\WINDOWS\\$NtUninstallwmp11$\\spuninst\\spuninst.exe

    and

    C:\\WINDOWS\\$NtUninstallWMFDist11$\\spuninst\\spuninst.exe

    folders:

    -open a Windows Explorer window
    -go to Tools
    -go to Folder Options
    -click View
    -enable Show hidden Files and Folders
    -disable Hide protected operatings system files
    -click Apply to all folders
    -OK

    Now u can execute both files in the order states above and follow the instructions of both files. Hope it helps.

    Oh, and i recommend switching back the options above the way they were so u don\’t system files by mistake.

  • Edmon

    yessssssss, i did it
    thank u all for your advices
    i knew about the hidden folders but i did not think that this folder $NtUninstallWMFDist11$ could be hidden.
    anyway, thanks a lot
    i would ruther use the odler version
    God damn WMP 11

  • Marg

    Thanks for solution to the media 11 uninstall.I thought I was stuck with it forever as I had tried & tried to get rid of it & not finding any help .Found this forum in search & intend to check in often. Got back media 10 & everything is A OK. Thank you….thank you.

  • Hartley

    After you uninstall WMP11
    Find & DL Windows Media Format 9 Runtime

    run this program & it will give you back control of your MP3\’s

  • Brian

    I\’ve tried everything except copying the files:

    C:\\WINDOWS\\$NtUninstallWMFDist11$\\spuninst\\spuninst.exe

    C:\\WINDOWS\\$NtUninstallwmp11$\\spuninst\\spuninst.exe

    from another computer and then running them. Can anyone send me these files so i can try this or must I format my hard drive?

  • Bill

    [quote=BIT-stream]Hi.. all

    if you fail to unisnatll wmp11 (rollback to the previous version of wmp) please try the following solution if all other solutions given above fails….. but note this might even take u back to wmp9 (original wmp that comes with winxp).. then u might need to re-install wmp10 again if that\’s what u want…

    I tried every possible solution that was give in all the sites….. maybe there are even tools which i might have not come across… but the following worked for me… so i hope it will work for u too

    GOTO ->
    C:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallwmp11$\spuninst\spuninst.exe

    after the rollback is complete… a restart might be required… then afterwards…

    C:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallWMFDist11$\spuninst\spuninst.exe

    again a reatart might be needed….

    good luck all!

    p.s. the reason behind unistalling wmp11 was not coz it was bad… coz i did not have any bad experience with it untill now when i got my nokia n91 the mplayer sync driver that came with the player did not work with wmp11… this is due to me upgrading wmp9(comes withg windows) directly to wmp11. i had to install wmp10 1st to make the driver work and then upgrade to wmp11… which fixed my problem…. but the latest wmp11 beta does not work at all with the syn driver anyway….[/quote]

 
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