Remove Windows Media Player Context Menu

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Remove Windows Media Player Context Menu

Xah Lee, 2011-01-20

In Windows (Vista), when viewing a folder, when right clicking on a item, there's the menu “Play with Windows Media Player”. How to set it so such submenu does not show?

Remove the “WMP*” items in the following the registry folders.

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\Directory.Audio\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\Directory.Image\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\Directory.Video\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\audio\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\video\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]

If you are not familiar with Registery, see: Microsoft Windows Registry Tutorial.

Thanks to “Synetech inc” for the answer at Source superuser.com.

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