Windows Media Player 9 Uninstall

June 18, 2006 at 22:56:45
Specs: Windows XP SP2, Celeron 2.4GHz
I'm trying to get rid of WM9. I found the following tip which seems to work for others but not me:

RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection %windir%\INF\wmp.inf,Uninstall

It is supposed to ask whether you really want to remove WM9, then prompts for a reboot. In my case, absolutely nothing whatsoever happened at all. I tried it from 'Run' in start menu and from Command Prompt. No messages, no errors, nothing. Anyone got any bright ideas?

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June 19, 2006 at 02:27:45

Try it this way.
Start > Run, copy & paste the line below & press Enter.
RunDll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection C:\WINDOWS\INF\wmp.inf,Uninstall

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June 19, 2006 at 09:18:17
Thanks JohnW, but no luck. Same result - fraction of a second pause, no message or anything. WMP still there on reboot.

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June 19, 2006 at 15:10:07
Is it installed on C drive?

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June 19, 2006 at 15:15:39
Another thought, Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > Add/Remove Windows Components & untick Windows Media Player.
reinstall again & then retry the uninstall.

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June 19, 2006 at 16:42:46
Aunty Edna:

This was posted a few months back on another help site. But I don't know what system it was for (98, me or xp). You may or may not want to try it.

This instruction came directly from microsoft. I made a online request for help.

1. Uninstall Media Player 9:

1). Click Start, click Run, type the following command in the Open box, and press Enter:

rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection uninstall 132 c:\windows\inf\wmp.inf

Note: Since the command-line is case sensitive, you may copy and paste it into the Open box.

2). Reboot the computer.

2. Modify Folder Options:

1). Open Windows Explorer, click the Tools menu, and click Folder Options.
2). On the View tab, select the 'Show hidden files and folders' option, deselect the 'Hide extensions for known file types' option, and click OK.

3. Empty the folder: C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player.

4. Rename or delete the following files (if they exist):



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June 19, 2006 at 17:28:38
"Same result - fraction of a second pause, no message or anything. WMP still there on reboot"
I think the reason this way dos'nt work, is because SP2 is installed.

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June 20, 2006 at 05:22:36
Thanks Herb and Johnw for setting me on the right track. I had to go a few steps further but... SUCCESS! It's been a pretty strange ride, though.

First, as we well know, even if you fiddle with the registry so Windows Media Player appears in the Add/Remove Windows components, it does not matter whether you check or uncheck the WMP box, WMP WILL ALWAYS REMAIN INSTALLED. That's why there are so many irate people out there.

Second, if you try to delete the WMP program files, within three seconds THEY POP BACK AGAIN. Even if you have a finger ready to Empty Recycle Bin, they STILL come back. I've never seen anything like this before, and the File Properties don't give any clues. WEIRD STUFF! So this is what I did:

1. Set a System Restore point (just in case it all went pear-shaped)

2. Ran Herb's string above: rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection uninstall 132 c:\windows\inf\wmp.inf

3. Did a Search on all files with string 'wmp' anywhere on C:, hidden files and system files included.

4. Deleted the files directly from the search window - I started with the dllcache set, then the dll's, then ALL the rest, prefetches, EVERYTHING with wmp in it. Keep a stiff upper lip during this - Windows screams warnings of impending doom - but just hit the lot. It's a nice feeling.

5. Run a registry cleaner (I use RegCleaner). This will find hundreds of wmp keys - zap the lot.

6. Reboot

You will now find that there are still eight undeletable files in Program Files which you cannot get rid of, but the wretched piece of software is finally GONE!!

My nightmare is over. My computer is still working fine. I can now spend a happy few days trying to restore the damage that WMP did to the rest of my system. Thanks, Johnw and Herb. No thanks to Microsoft for plumbing new depths of arrogance with this hostile piece of toiletware.

Aunty Edna, Thailand

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June 20, 2006 at 16:08:00
You may need to print this.

I use all these cleaners for W2K/XP, each one specialises in a different area, you will with use, get to know which ones suit your computer.

Do not be supprised if hundreds of files are found.

Files are either removed to the programs backup or the Recycle Bin ( make sure the Recycle Bin is empty, before using the cleaners, that way you know the files you have removed )

All ( except DustBuster ) allow you to restore them back into the system, either by right clicking on the reg file in the programs folder ( example Regclean & OleClean > Windows Explorer > Unzipped, click on either RegClean or OleClean ) & clicking on Merge.

jv16 PowerTools, RegCleaner & RegSeeker both store in Backup on their main page.
Opening Backup allows you to either Restore or Delete.

EasyCleaner removes to the Recycle Bin, if needed again, open the Recycle Bin, right click on the files & select Restore.
Has an Update button. Checks you have the latest version & blacklist.

CCleaner, one advantage of this cleaner is, when Issues is clicked & the boxes ticked, it will tell you before you fix ( doing one file at a time ) why the file is there.
Configure the Windows, Applications & Issues panels to suit.

Click on Restore, click the backup to be restored, click on Restore Selected backups.

Very quick, if you want to know what it cleaned, takes about 1 min to clean ( depends on the speed of your comp ) you have about 4 seconds to read the message displayed, when it is finished. Don't use whilst online.

Find Junk Files
I use only > Find Dead Links, which is part of Find Junk Files. Start > All Programs.

My choice after 1st time use, is not to tick > MRU & History lists.

Once you are sure they are not needed again ( about one week ) they can be deleted.


jv16 PowerTools, which doesn't expire.
Click on Registry tool > Tools > Registry Cleaner > Continue > Start.
When finished, Click on Select > Special select > Items that should be safe to remove > Remove.

Or, the renamed later version ( dos'nt hurt to use both )
RegCleaner ( last freeware version ) OS: Win9x/NT/ME/2000/XP
Click on Tools > Registry Cleanup > Do them All
When finished, click on Select > All, then down the bottom, click on > Remove Selected.


Microsoft's RegClean ( freeware ) very conservative.
By default it puts the 3 files into Windows Temp.
I prefer them in Unzipped.
Right click in an empty space in Unzipped, select Folder & name it RegClean.
Now when you click unzip ( during install ) select the new folder.
To use, you can either open up the folder & doubleclick on RegClean or right click & make a shortcut to your desktop & then put it anywhere you like.


OleClean ( Freeware. I tick all 8 boxes in Options )


One advantage of this cleaner is, when Issues is clicked & the boxes ticked, it will tell you before you fix ( doing one file at a time ) why the file is there.
CCleaner (Crap Cleaner) is a freeware system optimisation tool. That removes unused and temporary files from your system - allowing it to run faster, more efficiently and giving you more hard disk space. The best part is that it's fast! (normally taking less that a second to run) and Free. :) Windows 95/98/NT4/ME/2000/XP/2003


RegSeeker is a perfect companion for your Windows registry!
RegSeeker includes a powerful registry cleaner and can display various informations like your startup entries, several histories (even index.dat files), installed applications and much more! With RegSeeker you can search for any item inside your registry, export/delete the results, open them in the registry. RegSeeker also includes a tweaks panel to optimize your OS! RegSeeker is FREE for personal use only! Requires: Win All
My personal use, is to, delete only the Green entries.
Click on Select All and choose > Select all Green items.
Right click on a Green item to delete all Green files.


Use the Updates button, before using. Checks you have the latest version & blacklist.
1: Click on Unnecessary.
I tick > Normal types, Extra types & Temp directories.
If you try & remove a file that is being used, it will after about a 15 second delay, inform you so & will not delete.
2: Now click on Registry & run.
Don't use Duplicate files unless you really know what your'e doing.


Registry Cleaner for Windows XP/2000 Systems (under development is a version that will run in Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP)
I have made it very easy for you to backup the registry prior to using RegScrubXP. This backup process uses Microsoft's reg.exe program. Follow these directions:
Go into the folder where RegScrubXP was installed.
Double-click on these two programs: HKLM.cmd and HKCU.cmd
You should see two files created: HKLM.reg and HKCU.reg
Copy these two files to a safe place.
If you ever need to fully restore your registry back to normal, double-click on HKLM.reg and HKCU.reg to fully restore your registry as it was before you used RegScrubXP.


Eusing Free Registry Cleaner
Eusing Free Registry Cleaner is a free registry repair software that allows you to safely clean and repair registry problems with a few simple mouse clicks. The Windows Registry is a crucial part of your PC's operation system.
Problems with the Windows Registry are a common cause of Windows crashes and error messages. Registry problems can occur for many reasons, including references left behind after uninstallation; incorrect removal of software; missing or corrupt hardware drivers; or orphaned start-up programs. This will significantly increase the Registry size and slow down your computer, because Windows will need more time to load, search, and read data from the Registry.
Eusing Free Registry Cleaner will scans your Windows registry for invalid or obsolete information and provide a list of the errors found. After fixing the invalid entries, your system will be more stable and run faster. For maximum safety, Eusing Free Registry Cleaner will make a backup of the repaired entries. You will be able to restore any changes made using the software by choosing Restore registry backup. Eusing Software products are free of spyware and adware. Windows 9x/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003


DustBuster is a garbage file removing utility for Microsoft Windows operating systems. It searches for junk files and temp files that are of no use and are just taking space on your hard drive. Based on a "common sense" scanning technology, DustBuster now cleans over 1500 different types of useless temp files and directories in a single click, detecting and deleting all these unneeded files automatically. This will increase hard disk space on Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/2003.
Slimming Down Windows XP


Find Junk Files
Find Junk Files is a user-friendly utility designed to free up disk space by deleting useless junk files.
Each time you use your PC, unwanted files are created that increasingly use more space on
your hard drive.
Find Junk Files can find more than 165 types of junk files with ease. Unlike many other programs Find Junk Files will let you choose which drive or drives to clean, which file types to search for, and what folders to include or exclude.


ATF Cleaner
This program is for XP and Windows 2000 only
Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
Under Main choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
If you use Firefox browser
Click Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
If you use Opera browser
Click Opera at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.
For Technical Support, double-click the e-mail address located at the bottom of each menu.
This will remove all files from the items that are checked so if you have some cookies you'd like to save. please move them to a different directory first.


Drive Cleanup Wizard


Seeks out the rubbish left behind by other programs. Use regularly it will save space. It can auto run at times set by you. Cleans automatically at boot up.

Or, ( dos'nt hurt to use both )

Auto Delete Temporary Folder

First go into gpedit.msc ( only available in the Pro version of XP )

Start > Run, Copy & Paste > gpedit.msc & press Enter.

Next select -> Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Terminal Services > Temporary Folder.

Then right click "Do Not Delete Temp Folder Upon Exit"

Go to properties and hit disable.

Now next time Windows puts a temp file in that folder it will automatically delete it when its done!

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