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Uninstall media player?????

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by DMac, Dec 20, 2001.

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  1. DMac

    DMac Thread Starter

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    Hello All,
    I need to uninstall media player form Windows altogether for software testing purposes on my Win 98SE machine. As you all know, Microsoft embeds explorer and media player into it's OS's and doesn't provide an easy way to uninstall. When installing the OS there is no option not to install media player and once the OS is installed, there isn't an option to remove it. I guess there must be a manual way to do it but I don't want to risk corrupting the OS or other APPS.
    The current version of Media player on the machine is 6.1.

    Any ideas???

    Thanks in advance,
     
  2. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    Try this:

    Go to Start/run, copy the bold and paste it in.
    Click OK:

    "C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\setup_wm.exe /Uninstall"

    Tell us what happens.

    Good luck,
     
  3. DMac

    DMac Thread Starter

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    Tonyklein,
    I don't have a setup_wm.exe file in my windows media player folder for my version of media player(6.01), so windows errord and said it couldn't find it. Just to experiment I tried your suggestion on a machine that has media player 7.1 installed and received an error message(see attachment).

    I think I found a workaround for my problem though. I set up Windows 98(not 98 SE) on a machine and it gives the ability to unselect media player during the custom install. This will suffice for my needs.

    Thanks for your suggestion. This site is really an invaluable tool for support.

    DMac
     

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  4. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    Try this:

    Go to Start/Run, type Regedit, and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall

    Try locating Windows Media Player, if it's there.
    I have v7.01, and here it's under 'WMP7'

    If you find it, locate the UninstallString value in the right pane.
    Try running that from the run box.

    Good luck,
     
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