How to disable automatic Windows Media Player updates?

Disable Windows Media Player 12 Updates Are you annoyed by the automatic updates of the Windows Media Player? If so, there’s an easy way to disable the updates completely.

In order to disable to the updates, we can modify a registry key.

1. Step Open up the registry.


2. Step Uncollapse [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\]

3. Step Right-click on the registry key Microsoft and click on New, then on Key

Windows Media Player 12 Updates Policies

4. Step Enter the value WindowsMediaPlayer

5. Step Next select WindowsMediaPlayer and in the right-pane, create a DWORD-registry key:

New Dword Registry Key
(Right-click on the right-pane)

6. Step Give it the value DisableAutoUpdate

7.Double-click on the newly created key and change the value from 0 to 1

Congratz, you just disabled automatic Windows media player updates. This should work on Vista and Windows 7 and for old Windows Media Player versions as well, e.g. Windows Media Player 10, 11, 12

Download Registry Key: Disable Automatic Windows Media Player Updates

Download the following registry file and double-click on it to disable automatic Windows Media Player updates:

Download Registry Key

Alternatively, you can simply copy this text into a notepad, save the file as a .reg file and double-click on it in order to disable auto updates:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


If you know a quicker way to disable Windows Media Player auto updates, post your suggestions below.

Published: Saturday, August 21st, 2010 Last Modified: August 21, 2010