How to Disable the Windows Media Player for Windows XP Automatic Update Feature

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

To control whether you allow the Windows Media Player Automatic Update feature, user the following Windows XP registry hack:

Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key: SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsMediaPlayer
Name: DisableAutoUpdate
Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 1
The same registry hack works for Windows Media Player 7.0 and 7.1 used in NT and Windows 2000.

For older Windows with Windows Media Player 6.4, the key is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\EnableAutoUpgrade, Type=REG_SZ, and value="No".

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