Remove Windows Media Player Integration (Such as from the Right-Click Menu)

Posted July 17, 2006 by MickeyMouse in Windows

Windows Media Player (WMP) integrates itself all within the Windows shell. Many people notice that, when they right-click, there are several WMP-related options. This simple hack will remove the Windows Media Player integration and the right-click context media player menu options.


It seems as though every program wants to install some option in the context menu. For example, Windows Media Player not only puts itself there, but it also integrates itself throughout the shell. Actually removing this integration is surprisingly easy.

Remove WMP Integration:

1. Click Start.
2. Click Run.
3. Type in regsvr32 /u wmpshell.dll.
4. Click Enter.

This will remove the media player related right-click context menu options and other WMP integration. One side effect of this is that you may not be able to set WMP as your default media player anymore.

If you decide you want to integrate it once again, you should be able to issue this command instead:

regsvr32 wmpshell.dll

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  • fenix

    aw sweet it works – i hate WMP – i want it to die a horrible painful long death, and don’t mind one tiny bit if i can’t set it as my default media player because i would never do that, because it is dying a horrible long incredibly painful death, instead. cheers!

  • Thanks. I’ve been looking a long time for this.

  • anil

    This doesn’t work for windows 7 can you please let us know how to do it on windows 7. Thanks in advance

  • K

    the command runs in win7.. but the the context menu items remain, havent rebooted yet though but i doubt that’s necessary