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    Soul Reversal Guest

    Uninstall Windows Media Player 11 on Vista

    Does anyone know how to do this? I have tried the standard appwiz.cpl and
    show installed updates and windows services but cannot find anywhere to
    remove the app? I want to remove and re-install due to the player blue
    screening my box every 30 mins when watching any movie or playing music. Can
    anyone guide me in the right direction? Many thanks in advance. G.

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    It is a totally unsupported operation of uninstalling WMP11 from vista, you will proberly render vista broken completely due to the close intergration with windows API`s and software if you attempt to remove WMP.

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    Re: Uninstall Windows Media Player 11 on Vista

    You can't because in Microsoft's "wisdom" they incorporated Media
    Player into the operating system itself. So they only way to "fix" WMP
    is to reinstall Vista or attempt to repair it. There is such a utility
    on the Vista DVD. A less drastic step would be to try rolling back to
    one of your restore points which may fix things. However if WMP always
    gave you blue screens of death I doubt that will help.

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    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    Re: Uninstall Windows Media Player 11 on Vista

    No, what you are trying to do is not possible.

    You would need to focus on solving the problem. If it's blue-screening, is
    there any data about that crash in the Problem Reports and Solutions center?

    Is there a BIOS update available? The only real blue-screen I've heard
    about it in this context was due to a BIOS issue.

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    Re: Uninstall Windows Media Player 11 on Vista

    I'd just like to know how to fix it. I play fallout 3 and I don't hear any voices when i talk to people! Not to mention if I have WMP11 choosen as my default video player, all I hear are voices, the player doesn't even show on screen or toolbar! I use FRAPS, maybe that's the fault for the latter, but I'd like to know how to associate .ogg files with the player. I'm not very skilled at using this *ehm* great *cough cough* player. *clear my throat*

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    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    Re: Uninstall Windows Media Player 11 on Vista

    Sounds like something started it up under the wrong context. Do you have
    some device attached to the system... ?

    It's probably present under Task Manger's Processes tab if you click Show
    Processes From All Users.

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    Re: Uninstall Windows Media Player 11 on Vista

    Thank you for ending my search so I can focus on the problem now. Too bad microsoft can't man up and post this for us to find..

    Can't we class action against stupid software like this with no removal process? I'm so tired of this company costing me hours of time. My business would be much further ahead if problems like this were at least reasonably fixable (some of my main work now is streaming - thank god I'm switching to a flash stream this week!).. My problem seems a little different than most - plays audio, just no video. I found a set of codec drivers that if I reboot then install then reboot again, I can get all to work until my pc hibernates or i shut it down.. then it's all over.. I would be hosed if I didn't have 5 pc's but this is my main one!

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    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    Re: Uninstall Windows Media Player 11 on Vista

    I don't see how uninstalling/reinstalling the Player (functionality added in
    Windows 7) would help with this?

    Given that you're having "no video" problems, that sounds like a glitched
    video card driver that touching the player would never be able to affect. =\

    Does upgrading your video card driver to a newer version from the vendor
    help? =)

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    Re: Uninstall Windows Media Player 11 on Vista

    Na, not video card problems I don't think. Seems to only effect windows media player. The codec drivers i found weren't even from microsoft.. They prob aren't the fix, but It's a stupid work around like always with microsoft.
    and I never said I uninstalled and re-stalled the player. From this thread, I thought we established that isn't possible??

    This is definetly a windows media player and windows problem. It's really dumb there is no uninstall for media player 11 on vista.

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    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    Re: Uninstall Windows Media Player 11 on Vista


    If you really think that uninstalling/reinstalling would solve this, do
    this:
    http://zachd.com/pss/pss.html#reinstallvista

    It would probably be a waste of time though. People often get fixated upon
    that as a solution, but it's usually a distraction - kind of the "have you
    tried turning it off and on" school of troubleshooting. =)

    "lcipir" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
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    > Na, not video card problems I don't think. Seems to only effect windows
    > media player. The codec drivers i found weren't even from microsoft..
    Yeah, it's pretty common due to how this works that video card driver
    problems would only affect one player. It's when it affects everybody that
    it's easy to notice/fix.

    What video card? What driver version?

    > They prob aren't the fix, but It's a stupid work around like always with
    > microsoft.
    It's not necessarily a workaround if there's actually a bug in that driver.
    It's not like Microsoft is the only company in the world that could
    potentially have a bug in their software. It's an ecosystem, and it's very
    important to make sure that each aspect is functioning properly.
    Heck, I've almost made more contributions to the Windows ecosystem by
    helping fix *third party software* than I have at times working on Microsoft
    code. All that software is in this together. =)

    > and I never said I uninstalled and re-stalled the player. From this
    > thread, I thought we established that isn't possible??
    Correct. And probably useless contextually, given that it's a video display
    issue which is a problem that would be from a lower level than the player.

    > This is definetly a windows media player and windows problem. It's
    > really dumb there is no uninstall for media player 11 on vista.
    The servicing stack in Windows Vista was new, and so tweaking major
    components such as WMP to be uninstallable/reinstallable is a bunch of work.
    This feature is present in Windows 7.

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    See http://zachd.com/pss/pss.html for some helpful WMP info.
    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.



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