Remove Windows Media Player from Microsoft Windows 8

Windows Media Player has been in existence since the release of the very first Graphical User Interface operating system by Microsoft. Every time a new version of Microsoft Windows is released, Windows Media Player is also upgraded and some new features are added to this built-in program in order to produce high-quality sounds and graphics.

Although Windows Media Player is no more used by most home users, it is still a useful and handy program if no other third-party media player is available. The latest version of Windows Media Player that is shipped along with Microsoft Windows 8 operating system is capable of playing almost all media file formats. The reason behind this capability is that it already contains almost all the required codecs that are needed to play files with certain extensions.

Windows Media Player can be a useful program for almost all home users however in production environments many times administrators might not want to make this built-in program available to the employees. In order to prevent users from accessing and using Windows Media Player on Microsoft Windows 8 client computers, administrators can configure group policies. As it is well-known that restricting programs on multiple computers through group policies can be time-saving only if the network has client/server based setup. In case of workgroup environments, it becomes essential for the administrators to restrict the programs on each computer individually.

Since accessing the group policies on every Microsoft Windows 8 computer in a workgroup network setup might be a hectic, risky and tedious task, administrators mostly recommend disabling an unwanted program through Control Panel.

Windows Media Player is a built-in program and in order to remove it from a Windows 8 computer administrative privileges must be used.

How to Remove Windows Media Player from a Windows 8 Computer?

In order to remove Windows Media Player from a Microsoft Windows 8 computer, steps given below must be followed:

  1. Log on to Windows 8 computer with administrator account.
  2. On the Start window, click Desktop icon.
  3. On the desktop screen, hover mouse to the bottom right corner of the window.
  4. From the displayed options, click Settings.
  5. On the displayed Settings pane, click Control Panel.
  6. On the opened window, click Uninstall a program from the Programs category.
  7. On the Uninstall or change a program window, click Turn Windows features on or off from the navigation pane in the left.
  8. On the opened Windows Features box, from the displayed list, uncheck the Media Features checkbox.
  9. On the displayed information box, click Yes to confirm the modifications.
  10. Click OK to start the removal process.
  11. Once done, click Close.
Author: Vivek Nayyar

Works as Systems Admin in Siskin Technologies, India. Corporate trainer on Microsoft and Cisco platform. Specialized in Virtualization Technology. LAN Consultant for some local organizations.