Disable the RealPlayer Message Center

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.

The Conversation

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  • Gary Busey

    Thank you so much. That shit had been the bane of my existence for far too long now.

  • Ed

    Thank you, that was ball-bustingly irritating. The last thing I want to see every morning when I start up my machine is Pink’s new haircut.

    • Alex

      Now my mind is at peace when I turn on my computer, thanks to you.

  • me

    That “stern warning” made me lol

  • radhi

    i want to download daily real message center

  • V

    Thank you! I wrote them to complain about this and of course they did provide any remedies.

  • BKologger

    Thank you! This was very helpful.

  • rusheeeda

    micheal send a nice phone and picture to me.

  • Name

    Thank you. I can’t believe how deep they buried it in the preferences, and the ridiculous warning. I’m looking into RealAlternative…

    • Anonymous

      Thanks from me too.

  • Anonymous

    I agree – everyone hates adverts. Why would I voluntarily sign up for them? If this doesn’t work i shall uninstall RealPlayer completely.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much. Finally get rid of this ‘Real Annoyance’

  • John Eldridge

    I cannot thank you enough for your tip on how to get rid of the Real message centre. It drives me mad. People like Tech-Recipes deserve a huge vote of thanks from the entire Geecommunity!

  • QueenMargot

    Thank you so much.

  • Lu

    Thank you sooooo much for this help!

  • Ronn96

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are a life saver. No more bull in the taskbar.

  • Mikeaaaa

    Thank you,, this still works after 6 years from posting.

  • http://realplyer ali

    sir, jab mai real player internet se download karke run par click kar raha hun to don’t send ka option aa kar close ho ja raha hai. kaya karu kis tarah karu ki install ho jai. meri is problem ko jald se jald solve kiya jay. aapka abhari rahunga
    Thanks.

  • Paul Helm

    Subject: Disable the Real Player Message Center

    Thanks a lot MickeyMouse this was very helpful.
    Wish you a nice day.

    Paul from Luxembourg :)

  • Super Male

    Thank You Very Much! :)

  • Alan

    Hey thanks a lot, that was a real help,
    that’s what I call “solidarity” against the big corporations who believe they have a divine right to push ads in front of our noses

  • hebo

    thanks a lot!!!!

  • Bel Whisper

    Thanks very much, was getting ‘REAL’ annoyed by the message centre, where on earth did that come from anyway. Why does realplayer need a message centre and why does it assume we want it?? very strange. Well thanks to you it’s no more. Keep posting this kind of helpful stuff it is very very appreciated!!

  • Rick

    Well,there are NO “Tools” or “Options” choices in the RealPlayer window that opens when I follow your instructions. I guess this means that Real has wised up to you? At any rate, your advice is now redundant. Cheers