Disable the RealPlayer Message Center

Posted July 15, 2005 by MickeyMouse in Windows

Real Message Center is one of the most annoying features of RealPlayer due to the amount of notifications it displays concerning new software, updates, and upgrades. Here is how to disable it.


If you have RealPlayer, you will find that the product advertises to you by default. This is a nuisance because you need to spend time closing those little message windows, especially when viewing a video.

Here is how to rid yourself of those notification windows. I will describe several methods for you.

New Version ( > 10.0) Instructions–
Turn Off Real Message Center:
1. Click Start.
2. Click Run.
3. Type realplay, and click OK.
4. RealPlayer will open.
5. Click the Tools menu.
6. Select Preferences.
7. Click Automatic Services in the left catagory menu.
8. Click the Configure Message Center button.
8. Uncheck Check for new messages.
9. Uncheck Show Message Center icon in the System Tray.
10. Click OK.
11. Read the warning. Click Yes.
12. Close RealPlayer.

Older Version Instructions–
Turn Off Real Message Center:
1. Click Start.
2. Click Run.
3. Type realplay, and click OK.
4. RealPlayer will open.
5. Click the Tools menu.
6. Select Preferences.
7. Click Automatic Services in the left catagory menu.
8. Uncheck Periodically check for new messages.
9. If you do not want to know about Realplayer software updates, you can uncheck Periodically check for software updates, too.
10. Click OK.
11. Exit the program.

If a Real Message window is currently up, follow these instructions:
1. Click See Details.
2. When the real message window opens, select Options.
3. Select Personal Message Center from the menu.
4. Uncheck all the boxes. RealPlayer hides the ones turned on by default at the bottom of the screen.
5. Click Save Changes.

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