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Remove Windows Media Player context menu entries

I use Winamp to play mp3s.  I always have done – it’s lightweight, I like the interface and it has the few plugins I need.  I don’t need the bloat of iTunes or Windows Media Player.  However, I seem to have Windows Media Player installed – I don’t remember installing it, and I probably wouldn’t have noticed it was there were it not for the plethora of context menu items it installs.

All I wanted to do was right-click a selection of mp3s and then queue them in the Winamp playlist.  That’s when I noticed a load of entries like “sync to device”, “burn”, “add to library”.  Turns out Media Player had hooked into the shell.  Thankfully, there is a way to get rid of this integration (which added a delay of several seconds to my right-click!).

Here’s the fix, click Start, Run and type:

regsvr32 /u wmpshell.dll

Horrah – a much cleaner context menu.  I wonder if there is any software to allow you to remove specific entries from that list?

17 Comments

  1. Thanks a bunch. Just what I was looking for, a quick fix to get WMP out of my context menu.

  2. @Sokonomi:

    I was doing this on Windows XP SP2 – I’m sure Media Player integration is very different under Vista.

  3. Thank you soooo much for this. Quick, easy and effective! Great!

  4. How do I get it back? I only wanted to et rid of the “burn” and “add to playlist” options.

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