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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  • Bill

    You hit right on the head…….Thank you very much…….

  • Jason

    I tried everything mentioned in this post and it hasn\’t worked. After running the
    C:\\WINDOWS\\$NtUninstallwmp11$\\spuninst\\spuninst.exe

    it gets to the Running Processes Before Uninstall and that is it. The buttons at the bottom stay ghosted and it stops.

    Really pissing me off because I like media player for songs better than Real Player because it shows in your msn list for what you are listening to.

  • Jeffe

    Thanks a lot, Jay.
    Your method is really the best way to uninstall the WMP11 I found on the web.
    I must try to install again the 9 or 10 version of WMP. But my PC is now very cleaned for the moment.
    Best Regards,
    JFF…

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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.

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

    technorati tags: uninstall windows media player 11 uninstall media player uninstall internet explorer 7 uninstall software updates media player 11 !

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    thomas tompkins – MALE 2006-06-17 21:33:52

    THANK FOR LETTING MEHOW TO UNINSTALL MEDIA PLAYER 1 I THINK IT SUCKS BECAKS IT SCREWS EVERYTHING UP

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    Sony Joseph – I could Uninstall the annoying 2006-06-23 04:58:24

    Hat\’s off To whoever found this solution….. to uninstall the Windows Media Player 11….. and Internet Explorer 7.

    I racked my head for 3 days and searched many tech websites and forums but could not find the solution…. I may have skipped your website but today on 23rd June 2006…. I happened to see this and was thrilled…. Thanks buddy….

    Regards,
    Sony Joseph

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    Techie – Hi Sony 2006-06-23 05:17:47

    Great to know that you found a solution to your woes from this site.

    I am glad to be of help.

    Keep visiting back for more such interesting things.

    Thanks
    Techie

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    Gerald 2006-07-20 15:19:12

    yeahh i have the same exact problem as Ashley…sumone help pleeeez!

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    Sid. Coates – Mr. 2006-07-08 02:38:35

    Like the look of Windows Media Player 11 but soon found out it did not support my \”online stores\” and was therefore unable to download any music tracks. This is of course the BETA version so hopefully the full version will soon be out !

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    scott 2006-07-08 15:46:48

    Cool this is good stuff…for whatever reason pcmark05 doesnt like media player 11

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    Howard 2006-07-08 19:59:36

    Thanks for the help. Media Player 11 sucks!

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    joedy – Failed 2006-07-09 10:59:36

    Thanks for the find, but mine Fails to roll back… thanks MS…

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    Techie – Glad to help 2006-07-09 23:27:46

    Hi scott,

    Thanks I hope to help in future too.

    Howard,

    Glad to be of some help to you.

    Joedy,

    Too sad you could not get rid of it, maybe I can help you if you want.

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    Ashley 2006-07-10 00:58:09

    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.

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    Sam K. – Everything is red :( 2006-07-23 10:55:02

    Hi all,

    I\’m hoping someone has an answer for my problem. Not the personal ones. :)

    Ever since I installed media 11 my colors are all messed up. Everything is highly saturated with red. Even DVDs that I play via PowerDVD are overly red. Worth mentioning is that I never had a problem with version 10. Serves me right to try a beta from MS!

    Like many here I\’ve tried to uninstall version 11 to no avail. My next step to start poking in the registry.

    Any thoughs other than reinstall XP? Please…

    Thank you.
    Sam

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    jordan 2006-07-26 16:25:59

    thank you sooooo much….media player SUKS. had soo many problems. thank for the tip

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    yolanda taylor – ms. 2006-07-26 14:20:01

    i thought i was getting a good deal but i found out i was sooooooo.. wrong thank you very much for showing me how to get rid of this version i hope nobady else is as jumpy as me to get rid of thier 10 version.

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    Rob Engley 2006-08-05 06:00:19

    I tried for over two weeks to uninstall windows media 11 from my computer. I went to many different web sites to try to find out how to do this. On my own I found out the best way to do this is to go to safe mode. Once you are in safe mode you can go to my computer and then to C drive. Once there click programs and find windows media and delete it. You might also go to search and type in windows media and then delete what ever comes up there. People this really works just try it. If you have questions just write me and maybe I can help you through this.

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    Bud 2006-08-07 15:06:58

    FANTASTIC!!!! windows media 11 was about to drive me to compter mayhem. Thanks for your help in removing Media 11. I\’m sure when it is ready for the market it will be great like the media 10.

    Thanks again, Bud
    Be Blessed

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    Suryakant – Thanks for the help. 2006-08-19 03:36:05

    Thanks for the information to uninstall WMP11 with right screen shots.It works.

    regards,
    Suryakant Nayak

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    Silent 2006-08-19 22:05:32

    Hi Thanks so much, MP 11 really sucks and cause alot problems

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    Steven 2006-07-21 04:39:32

    This is what microsoft suggests:
    Rolling back to a previous version of the Player
    Windows Media Player is a feature of the Windows operating system and cannot be removed entirely. However, in Windows XP, you can roll back to the version of the Player that was previously on your computer.

    You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group to perform the following procedure.

    what does that mean? Can I do that to be able to remove WMP11? I got to see the updates but after uninstalling the last one I still have the WMP 11 interface.
    If I try unistalling backward in time it warns me that other programs – like my antivirus – may be affected! How reliable are these warnings? I already regret updating WMP butI don\’t want to mess the whole pc trying t oremove it! Thanks for any info you can spare ciao

  • niki

    sorry for the long one before, somehow it copied the whole log: here was my message

    \”You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group to perform the following procedure.\”

    what does that mean? Can I do that to be able to remove WMP11? I got to see the updates but after uninstalling the last one I still have the WMP 11 interface.
    If I try unistalling backward in time it warns me that other programs – like my antivirus – may be affected! How reliable are these warnings? I already regret updating WMP butI don\’t want to mess the whole pc trying t oremove it! Thanks for any info you can spare ciao

  • RJT

    Can one get ride of the new and come back with the old?

    Meaning I would like to unistall WMP-11 and reinstall WMP-10. Can it be done?

  • Suraj

    [quote]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]

    You are a Æ’ucking legend BIT-STREAM. Thanks alot!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/shaya.zachary Shaya Zachary

      ?? how do i get there ??

  • Sunny

    [quote=Gary][quote=Sam K.]Hi all,

    I\’m hoping someone has an answer for my problem. Not the personal ones. :)

    Ever since I installed media 11 my colors are all messed up.

    Hi Sam,

    Have you found a solution? I have the same problem. I haven\’t installed Media Player 11 tho… My red saturated issues only started after I updated my drivers for 7900GT. But I have exactly the same problem as you, red saturation in all video and not just in media player.

    Drop me a line if you came right.

    G out[/quote]

    Im having the same problem all my video files are overly red and ive tried rolling back and downloading different codecs but the movies still appear to play red. I wasn\’t having this problem on my ati x300. But with my new 7900gs the videos all play red wondering if you two have found a solution to this.

  • ris

    Fuckit, going to format c:

  • Aehdan

    This is for XP, Windows Vista is a little different, any help for that?

  • keith

    Hi Aehdan,

    Sorry no help. I don’t use Windows Vista so cannot help you with that.

    Keith

  • Craig

    I did this and rolled back to Media Player 9 – and the same red tint problem was still there, that didn’t used to be there before WMP 11.

    So for now, I just lowere the ‘saturation’ way down, and increased bright, and it’s watchable, but not good.

    The Hue item seems useless; whatever you set it to, it colors the video way too much that color.

  • leo jeves

    this comment is mainly towards sony joseph, might be fore but i did not read any.

    To tell you the truth, this is on the microsoft page, the exact samething it tells us to do, why do people search tech sites on products, when you can just go to the product site and find a solution within like 5 min..

    • http://www.facebook.com/shaya.zachary Shaya Zachary

      actually you CANT find this solution on the microsoft site.. if YOU find out how to uninstall windows media player on Vista then LET US ALL KNOW !!……………………….

  • http://www.rishiraj.info Rishi

    I never took pain to install it. I use and prefer VLC and it rocks. what do others think about it???

  • Feniks79

    Hello, i tried all the solutions but i have not those directories for uninstall wmp11. I deleted them, i also have no possiblity to get them from another computer is any way to unistall this wmp sh**???

  • Eli

    I’ve tried everything here, aside from the spuninst files, which I can’t find. This is becoming ridiculous. I love wmp 11, but my gigabeat s doesn’t work so hot on it. Wonder if throwing the pc out the window would work?

  • http://www.ihatecellulite.com Jimmy

    I have become a slave to Microsoft. I have this on my machine and cant get it off, I feel so shackled

  • gintosia

    okay, i think i will end up killing someone, because I have tried EVERYTHING that people suggested here and so far NOTHING worked.

    at first, i tried to uninstall the player by checking ‘show updates’ box in add/remove programs, but it didn’t work. then i tried using all those ‘C:\\WINDOWS\\$NtUninstallWMFDist11$\\spuninst\\spuninst.exe’ and stuff, but it didn’t work either. it’s just every time after, so called uninstallation WMP11 doesn’t work, but I can’t install WMP10 either, because the pc says that there’s already a newer version of the player in the pc… So yeah, if anyone can really help me I would be more than grateful! Please please please please?

  • cory

    how do you go about uninstalling WMP 11 from windows vista?

  • http://symbiancorner.blogspot.com Symbian

    Thanks for the help. This will help me to remove it and revert to version 10.

  • Tarig

    Hey Guys
    whenever i want to install windows media i get this message
    “The ordinal 65280 could not be located in the dynamic link library GDI32.dll.”

    any ideas on how to resolve this?

  • A. V. A.

    Thanks a million. WMP leeches my MIDI card from Sibelius.

  • Karen

    THX! I successfully uninstalled Media Player 11. Before I reinstall, I searched under Program Files and found Windows Media Connect 2 folder empty plus Windows Media Player folder with empty subfolders Icons, Network Sharing, Sample Playlists and Visualizations and a Skins subfolder that has 2 (Compact and Revert) in it.

    Is it necessary to delete these before I reinstall Media Player11?

  • kirk

    cool. way to shoot down that monopolizing WMP 11. thanks!

  • http://sitegorge.blogspot.com Rajiv

    I would like to raise a point here.
    While you talk of Uninstalling..even installation of WMP and IE7 have been a problem for me..
    during installation they needed to test my XP pack online to se whether it is genuine or not..Once they checked it to be ungenuine…i couldn’t install them……
    Now ,knowing this….I would never think of installing them….WHy is Microsoft turning it’s back to us……..

 
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