I was trying to delete "windows media player" last night but to my surprise everytime i deleted it (mplayer.exe i think) it would shortly (few seconds) come back to life ...

anyone know anything about this phenomenon ? i have a memory of it being discussed here before and i would really like to delete windows media player from my system completely; but it would also be interesting to apply this system to other programs ... presumably it's to prevent the file being over-ridden with a fake one ? however it seems more like forcing you to use the program as i couldn't find a way to un-install it :)

thanks :)
Posted on 2004-11-04 17:53:19 by abc123
You can remove Windows Media Player if you go to Control Panel -> Add Remove Programs then switch to the Add/Remove Windows Components section. Uncheck "Windows Media Player", click "Next", then "Finish".

Posted on 2004-11-04 18:17:27 by Sparafusile
hmm i did actually look there but i must have missed it ... thanks
Posted on 2004-11-04 18:21:09 by abc123
hmm, it actually isn't there on this computer (but is at work ...) both xp.
Posted on 2004-11-05 01:32:10 by abc123
Which version is it?
- From the add/remove, you can try to switch the "show updates" on.
- By editing the WINNT\INF\SYSOC.INF file you can probably make the windows media player to be shown from the add/remove dialog (remove the word 'hide' from the line with media player, and don't erase any commas).
- You can try to manually start the uninstall:
rundll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %SystemRoot%\inf\wmp.inf,Uninstall
Posted on 2004-11-05 01:44:27 by Petroizki
hmm, none of those seemed to work ... i removed "hide" from everything in the file and alot more things showed up but not windows media player ... couldn't find "show updates" option either ...
Posted on 2004-11-07 16:10:34 by abc123
abc123 you can try nLite utility. It has great ability to create light windows installations. There is an option to remove completely wmp and all the codecs.
Posted on 2004-11-07 17:57:23 by arafel
Dump windblows and replace it with linux
Posted on 2004-11-08 19:37:04 by rob.rice