Solved How can I disable media player

June 4, 2014 at 20:11:44
Specs: Windows 7
I had a problem with media center taking over my control panel in which cannot download, restore or use programs and features. I did try to disable media center, but now I am stuck with media player that does not open files either. It all started when windows did an update and it has went down hill from there .

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June 7, 2014 at 13:02:10
Run the EXE fix from here:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...

If necessary download it on another computer then transfer the downloaded file to this one using a flash drive.

If this fixes the problem then download, install, update and run MalwareBytes because this symptom is often the result of Malware.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#1
June 4, 2014 at 20:46:20
You may have a bad update, but you are even more likely to have a malware infection.
Install, Update, and Run Malwarebytes. Remove all it finds.
Reenable Media Player.
Right click on a suitable media file, go to Open With on the menu and select Windows Media Player and check off the Always Use this program box.
If these do not help, you may need to run a System Restore to a date before the latest update. Then run Malwarebytes to be sure you are clean (if you just installed it before the restore, you will need to reinstall it after the restore, but the installer will still be in your downloads). If all works, wait a few days and run a manual Windows Update and make sure all still works.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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June 5, 2014 at 10:54:38
Media Center is widely used, all over the world, and does not have a habit of taking over anything. Not sure what you mean by it taking over your Control Panel but I agree with the previous response a check for malware should be your first step.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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June 7, 2014 at 10:03:30
Thanks for your help, but I am still having the same problem and cannot download or use my control panel to restore or disable media player so that I am able to do these things.

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#4
June 7, 2014 at 10:10:17
What do you mean by "cannot download or use my control panel"
The Control Panel is part of Windows and not something you can download off the net.

Did you run MalwareBytes as suggested?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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June 7, 2014 at 12:38:25
When I try to download, let's say malware it will not run or open because media player say cannot open file and when I went into control panel to open restore or go to programs and features to disable that won't open either.

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June 7, 2014 at 13:02:10
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Run the EXE fix from here:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...

If necessary download it on another computer then transfer the downloaded file to this one using a flash drive.

If this fixes the problem then download, install, update and run MalwareBytes because this symptom is often the result of Malware.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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