How to uninstall Windows Media Player 11 on Windows XP


I’ve been using windows media player 11 for about a month and this piece of software sucks big time. When Microsoft finally upgraded its Windows Media Player to version 11 and people started to complain how unstable the player is because of the DRM issue, I thought it is going be over soon. At least if the problem cannot be sorted out quickly it won’t affect its baseline capability such as playing its own format video.

But it seems like it won’t happen anytime soon or anytime at all. Last week, I downloaded 3 videos in its native format (WMV). Those 3 videos will not play unless it shows up some errors. So I did some research online and turns out I’m not the only person that having this problem.

Now, I change back to windows media player 10. I learnt that some people are wondering on how to uninstall it, so I post this short post to show you how to do that.

How to uninstall Windows Media Player 11

1. Open your “Add or Remove Programs” and click on the “show updates” at the top of the pop up window.

Uninstall Windows Media Player 11 via control panel

2. It will list down all the updates each of your program. Scroll down to Windows XP – Software updates and you will notice windows media player 11 amongst other updates.

3. Remove all the updates associated to windows media player 11 and this action will require you to restart your computer.

4. Windows will require you to install the previous media player version (10) and you are done!

So for those who are still using Windows Media Player, you better stick with that version. In fact, there are lot more media players out there such as GOM player, VLC player and many more that performs much better than Windows Media Player. The best thing about most other media players is that they are all free. Don’t worry about codecs thingy, you can always find a good collection of codec from the internet such as K-Lite Mega Codec.

Say adios to Windows Media Player.

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