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Windows Media Player

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#1 dogsandcats


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Posted 12 March 2006 - 06:39 PM

Can I completely remove WMP from Windows XP Pro? If so, how? Is there a comprehensive media player available, preferably freeware, that will do EVERTHING??? Please!!!

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#2 rms4evr


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Posted 12 March 2006 - 06:51 PM

While I do not know how to remove Windows Media Player, I can give you a GREAT freeware media player:

Winamp 5.21

This does just about everything WMP can do...and if it doesn't, you can probably find a plugin to make it do that :thumbsup: !!! I love Winamp, because its easy to use, and it isn't a CPU hog like WMP. Enjoy!!!

#3 phantazy


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Posted 12 March 2006 - 06:57 PM

WMP is hard to remove entirely, as it forms part of XP installation. However you can remove it in 'Add and Remove windows components'. You can also by-pass it by the settings in 'properties' of your cd rom drive.
There are a number of free download applications which duplicate or supplement the function of WMP. These are Quick Player (itunes), Musicmatch, Real Player, Winamp, etc. Each of these varies in their fuctions, and some will convert .wav files to .mp3, etc. Some will offer extra for a monthly cost, but most offer a basic playing facility for free. I would try them all until you find one you like. Be warned the free ones have minor annoyances of ads etc.

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 03:25 AM

Removing anything that is a built in part of your op system can cause unintended problems.

If you don't want to use it, disable it in the start menu, but I would suggest leaving it installed.

Use Startup Inspector to regulate your start menu. It is better than msconfig as it identifies most aps so you don't accidently disable something critical - like your firewall, anti-virus-antimalware aps or critical Windows processes.

As mentioned in the other posts there are many alternatives you can use.

Edited by Enthusiast, 13 March 2006 - 03:34 AM.

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