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    Windows Media Player (Pro)

    Can anyone tell me if it's really possible to unistal Windows Media Player? I have service pack one installed and under add/remove windows components I unchecked the box for Windows Media Player. Yet Wav files still show the icon for this program and if I double click a wav file Media player plays it.

    Also I understand there are two versions of media player that come with XP mplayer32.exe and wmplayer.exe. If I have to have one can I keep mplayer32.exe and ditch wmplayer.exe?

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    Re: Windows Media Player (Pro)

    Why worry about "ditching" it? I don't think it takes up a lot of space on your drive. Just use (or associate your audio files with) whatever program you like.

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    Re: Windows Media Player (Pro)

    Until you install a different player or associate your audio files with whatever program you like, the association will NOT change. You will find that this is a problem with ALL programs that have competitors. This is also known as Hi-Jacking the association and is a real problem with some "Demoware".

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Windows Media Player (Pro)

    Yes, except with most programs if I remove it from the system the file type becomes unrecognised. A program that's supposedly be uninstalled shouldn't be called on when the file type is double-clicked because it shouldn't be there. How about Windows Messenger? I uninstalled that as well but is it still lurking in the background?

    And Big Al, It's not a question of space, it's a question of control. Why should I have to have a program on my computer if I don't want it - It's not part of the system - or is it? Wasn't Microsoft taken to court for having some of their software programs integrated into the system?

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    Re: Windows Media Player (Pro)

    <hr>...It's not a question of space, it's a question of control...<hr>
    OK, "Uncle" sez I. I was just trying to save you the hassle. And You're more than right about the un-install problems. I hardly ever find one that COMPLETELY reverses whatever it did at install time, especially the hi-jacking of file associations!

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    Re: Windows Media Player (Pro)

    <hr>Wasn't Microsoft taken to court for having some of their software programs integrated into the system<hr>
    Yeah, that was part of it, but regardless....you have it on your machine right now, regardless of what any court says. And I can assure you that no court ruling will make YOUR copy disappear. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

    WMP in XP is a nice, full featured media player - I'm more or less in the same camp as Al. Not worth my trouble to delete/remove the sucker. I just don't use it for a great many things, simply because I'm accustomed to another product and I don't feel like learning how to manage my media all over again.

    In fact, the latest trend seems to be 'here's your installation, and oh, if you want to remove it use System Restore.' This has happened with Three Microsoft products so far: WMP, Movie Maker, and DirectX 9. In the end, I think you will find it's more aggravating to go to battle over the media player application, when there are so many other things that you could take a stand on. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Windows Media Player (Pro)

    I don't quite get what you are saying, Mark. You mean if you install the latest version of WPA you have to use system restore to remove it? Since it appeared on the system when I installed XP there's no system restore without it available to go back to. I was thinking of disabling system restore but from what you've written it seems like it's best to keep it around.

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    Re: Windows Media Player (Pro)

    Yes, I meant the newer WMP 9 that is still considered a beta release. WMP 8 ships with XP, so you can't restore it away.

    As far as keeping system restore around, I've not seen a compelling reason to disable it, because it's saved my bacon more than once. It's particularly useful when the machine starts acting stupid without provocation - hard to believe, with Windows, I know.... <img src=/S/sarcasm.gif border=0 alt=sarcasm width=15 height=15> Perhaps a better course of action is to reduce the space it can take. I only allow System Restore on the boot partition (that contains Windows) and the partition where my program files live. I don't want my own data restored, that's my responsibility - but for Windows to back up key system files and settings, well, that's a hassle I will gladly take some assistance on. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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