How to Uninstall & Reinstall Windows Media Player

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How to Uninstall & Reinstall Windows Media Player
Uninstalling and reinstalling will often make Windows Media Player run faster (computer image by peter Hires Images from Fotolia.com)

One of the easiest ways to fix problems with Windows Media Player is to reinstall it. Unfortunately, uninstalling Windows Media Player is not very straightforward as it cannot be found on the standard "Add And Remove Programs" list in the Windows Control Panel. Fortunately, with a little know-how, it's not all that hard.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button and select "Run".

  2. 2

    Type "%windir%\$ntUninstallwmp11$\spuninst\spuninst.exe" (without quotes) and then click "OK".

  3. 3

    Click "Next" and then "Finish".

  4. 4

    Open your web browser and download a new version of Windows Media Player (see Resources).

  5. 5

    Double-click on the download .exe file. Windows Media player will guide you through the rest of the installation.

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