How to Uninstall and Get Rid of Windows Media Player on Windows 10?

You have so many free media players available all over the internet that you can use on your computer. You can choose one of them according to your convenience. However, Microsoft continues to promote Windows Media Player with the most recent edition of Windows 10 (21H1). It has been the staple application for Microsoft Windows computers and for some reason, Microsoft has not yet eliminated it. However, in case you don’t like using it or prefer using it, you have an option where you can uninstall it from your computer. If this is what you want but don’t know how to do it, this risewindows article is going to help you. By the end of this post, you will be able to remove the traditional media player on Windows and replace it with the one that you like.

There are following three methods for getting rid of Windows Media Player:-

  1. Settings app
  2. Control Panel
  3. PowerShell

How to Uninstall Windows Media Player using the Settings app?

Use the following steps to uninstall Windows Media Player using with the help of the settings app:-

Step 1: Go to the Setting app on your computer. You can do so by pressing the Windows logo + I keys altogether.

Step 2: Find the Apps category and click on it.

Step 3: Select the Apps & Features tab from the left side pane. Click on the link named Optional features in the right side pane of the page.

Step 4: Locate the Windows Media Player by scrolling down a little on the right-side pane. After clicking on it, choose the Uninstall option.

The media player will be uninstalled from your computer once you’re done with all the above steps.

How to Uninstall Windows Media Player from Control Panel?

Step 1: On your computer, open the Control Panel.

Step 2: Go to the Programs category.

Step 3: Select the link Under the “Programs and Features” section, you can turn Windows features ON or OFF.

Step 4: Find the Media Features and double-click on it to expand it in the pop-up window titled “Windows Features”.

Step 5: Un-check the Windows Media Player. When a new pop-up window shows up, select Yes to proceed.

Step 6: Click on OK.

The media player will be uninstalled from your computer once you’re done with all the above steps.

How to Uninstall Windows Media Player through Windows PowerShell?

Use the following steps to uninstall Windows Media Player using Windows PowerShell:-

Step 1: Open Windows PowerShell on your computer.

Step 2: Copy and paste the following in the next screen:-

Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName 'WindowsMediaPlayer'

Step 3: Press Enter to execute the command.

The media player will be uninstalled from your computer once you’re done with all the above steps.

That is it.

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