Uninstalling Windows Media Player Using Safe Mode – Method 1
The first and easier method for uninstalling Windows Media Player is to use Windows Safe Mode and uninstall the application as you would any program. To enter Safe Mode, turn on or restart your computer and press the F8 key during startup. You need to do this before Windows actually starts to load. Some people find that they need to hold down F8 or hit it repeatedly to arrive at the Windows Advanced Options Menu. At this menu, use the arrow keys and select SAFE MODE from the menu options.
Don’t be surprised if Windows looks a little strange when it boots up in Safe Mode. In this mode, Windows does not load the usual drivers including any special video drivers. You may be looking at a very low resolution and far fewer colors on the screen.
Click START → RUN to open up the Run Window. Alternatively, you can hold down the Windows Key on your keyboard and press the “r" key. In the Run Window, type the following and then click OK (see Figure 1):
When you click OK the Add or Remove Programs windows opens listing all of the programs and applications you have installed on your computer. On this list, locate and click the entry named:
Windows Media Player x
Where “x" is the version number of Windows Media Player you have installed on your computer and wish to uninstall. From here, you can simply follow the instructions to complete the uninstallation of Media Player. Sometimes, however, this method does not work and you must try Method 2 below.