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?