Uninstalling Windows Media Player in Vista
Uninstalling Windows Media Player from Vista is different as here it is in the main part of the operating system platform. However, it can be done. The steps below should help you do it.
First, click on your Windows button. Next double click on the Control Panel. Now cick on Programs and Drivers. After this, scroll down to Windows Media Player, and click on Uninstall. At this point, Windows will ask you if you are sure. Just click on OK, then wait for Windows to complete the task.
If this does not work and you are facing a problem with the Player, you can reinstall it by downloading the same or updated version. For this, your computer will have to pass validation from Microsoft. Another option is to find a different player such as Winamp and associate all your files to play on that instead.
The steps given above should help solve most problems with Windows Media Player. It is easier to uninstall it from XP. In Vista, since the Windows Media Player is part of the main operating system, you have to be more cautious. Try the steps given above. If that does not work, try the options given. This will ensure that your problem is solved even if Windows Media Player is still installed in your system. Ensure that it does not become the default player again though.
For this, go to the Control Panel, and click on the Default Programs icon. Click on the Set programs access and defaults link. Next, click on continue in the UAC prompt. Now dot Custom and click on the drop down arrow to the right of it to expand Custom. Now, scroll down to the Choose a default media player section. To the right of Windows Media Player, uncheck the Enable access to this program box. Click on OK. This should do the trick.