Windows Tip: Disable Windows Media Autoupdate -1 reply

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Sh0rD

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11th August 2002

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#1 15 years ago

Sometimes you want to have the newest versions and latest patches from Microsoft, and sometimes you just want to be left alone. In Windows Media Player 7.1 and above (including the XP Media Player), you can choose to be reminded to update once a day, once a week, or once a month, but someone forgot to include the option to "never remind me and never bother me ever again."

Fortunately, we can make our own option through the registry. The following registry edit will disable the Windows Media Player update reminders and let you use your old media player in peace.

Windows Media Player 7.1 and 8.0 (Windows XP)

Go to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft." Back up the key. Add a key called "WindowsMediaPlayer" without the quotes. Enter your new key and create a new DWORD value named "DisableAutoUpdate" without the quotes. Set it as a decimal value equal to 1.

Windows Media Player 6.4

When your media player asks if you want to update, clear the check box that asks if you want to be notified of updates in the future. Then click "no" to reject the current update. Your Windows Media Player will never bother you again.