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10-May-2007, 09:21 PM #1
Windows Media SDK
(Compaq 2100 laptop, WinXPhome)

What is Windows Media SDK, and why is it on my computer? I see it pop up on Spybot S&D scans. AFAIK, SDK stands for Software Development Kit. Since I'm not developing any Windows Media software, I figure I don't need it on my computer. Should I remove it? It doesn't show up in the Add/Remove programs list. How do I remove it?

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14-May-2007, 01:09 PM #2
Why is Windows Media SDK on my computer?
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OK, so from another thread that I started and was closed, we have (looks like MS boilerplate):

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Originally Posted by linskyjack
(see this thread)The Microsoft Windows SDK (Software Development Kit) is a free software development kit from Microsoft that contains header files, libraries, samples, documentation and tools utilizing the APIs required to successfully develop applications for Microsoft Windows and the .NET Framework 3.0. The Windows SDK can be used to write applications that target Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 as well as Windows Vista while the older Platform SDK can be used to develop applications for Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. The Windows SDK replaces the Platform SDK, the WinFX SDK and the .NET Framework 2.0 SDK. The package contains over 100 million words of documentation and nearly 1000 samples. Although the SDK itself is available free of cost, obtaining the SDK requires that the copy of Windows be validated.
I've never installed any Windows SKD items, what's it doing on my computer?

I checked add/remove programs, but Windows Media SDK isn't listed as something to remove. If it's not essential, I'd really rather disable it or remove it.

Any ideas?

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14-May-2007, 02:51 PM #3
Just because it appears in a spybot scan doesn't mean you actually have it on your computer

Is it appearing in the list of scanned objects or tasks that spybot does or is it in an actual spybot report

You are not giving a lot of information to be able to help you
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14-May-2007, 03:15 PM #4
When Spybot scans, one of the things it reports is "usage tracks", which are usually information items stored in the registry about how I've used my computer. In a typical scan, 3 of these items appear under the heading Windows Media SDK.

Perhaps my question should be what's making these registry entries that Spybot seems to indicate are from Windows Media SDK?

I'll post again with the specific registry entries as soon as they show up in another scan.
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14-May-2007, 05:21 PM #5
they are just useage tracks and are nothing to do with Windows Media SDK as described earlier but are spybot's name for the media player useage tracks

just ignore them or delete them as you feel suitable

however it's pointless deleting them as they will come back every time you boot windows
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OK, so the following items showed up in my Spybot scan under the title Windows Media SDK.

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Windows Media SDK: Computer name (Registry change, nothing done)
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1275210071-764733703-1060284298-1004\Software\Microsoft\Windows Media\WMSDK\General\ComputerName!=ComputerName

Windows Media SDK: Unique ID (Registry change, nothing done)
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1275210071-764733703-1060284298-1004\Software\Microsoft\Windows Media\WMSDK\General\UniqueID!={00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}

Windows Media SDK: Volume serial number (Registry value, nothing done)
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1275210071-764733703-1060284298-1004\Software\Microsoft\Windows Media\WMSDK\General\VolumeSerialNumber
Whereas Media Player usage tracks show up in the Spybot scan under the title MS Media Player as follows:
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MS Media Player: Search terms history (Registry key, nothing done)
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1275210071-764733703-1060284298-1004\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\AutoComplete\MediaSearch

MS Media Player: Last opened playlist (Registry value, nothing done)
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1275210071-764733703-1060284298-1004\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences\LastPlaylist

MS Media Player: Last selected track index (Registry value, nothing done)
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1275210071-764733703-1060284298-1004\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences\LastPlaylistIndex

MS Media Player: Last selected node (Registry change, nothing done)
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1275210071-764733703-1060284298-1004\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\MediaLibraryUI\MLLastSelectedNode!=

MS Media Player: Anonymous ID (Registry change, nothing done)
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1275210071-764733703-1060284298-1004\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences\SendUserGUID!=B=0
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