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Windows Media Player 10 entry is missing in Add/Remove Programs, after running a registry cleaner

Published: June 25, 2005
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Symptom

In Windows XP SP2, Windows Media Player 10 entry appears under the Windows XP - Software Updates section. You need to put a checkmark near the Show Updates box at the top. (Related info: Add/Remove Programs filtering in XP SP2)

If the Windows Media Player 10 entry has been removed accidentally from the registry, use this procedure to reinstate the entry.

Open Regedit.exe and navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Uninstall

Create a sub-key named Windows Media Player

In the right-pane, create the following REG_SZ values:

  • DisplayIcon
  • DisplayName
  • ParentDisplayName
  • ParentKeyName
  • UninstallString

Assign the following data for each value:

Value Data
DisplayIcon C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe
DisplayName Windows Media Player 10
ParentDisplayName Windows Updates
ParentKeyName OperatingSystem
UninstallString "C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\Setup_wm.exe" /Uninstall

Automate the above with this REG file. Download the file and save to Desktop. Right-click the file and choose Merge.