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Tips & Tricks for Windows Operating Systems.

Play DVDs with Windows Media Player

To play DVD's with Windows Media Player, you need to have a DVD Player (For example, PowerDVD) or a MPEG2 codec installed. [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\Microsoft\ MediaPlayer\Player\ Settings] Create the String value Enable DVDUI, value = yes. Reboot.

Delete Windows Media Player 8 history and playlists History

In C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data, you will find a file with a name such as DCBC2A71-70D8-4DAN-#HR* -#0D61DEA3FDF.ini. Delete it.


In C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Applications Data\Microsoft\Media Index, you will find a file with a DB extension. Delete it. As far as I can tell, WMP8 does not store filenames in the registry. If you know otherwise, please let me know.

How to Disable the Windows Media Player for Windows XP Automatic Update Feature

To control whether you allow the Windows Media Player Automatic Update feature, user the following Windows XP registry hack:Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE Key: SOFTWARE\Policies\ Microsoft\ WindowsMediaPlayer Name: DisableAutoUpdate Type: REG_DWORD Value: 1 The same registry hack works for Windows Media Player 7.0 and 7.1 used in NT and Windows 2000. For older Windows with Windows Media Player 6.4, the key is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ MediaPlayer\ EnableAutoUpgrade, Type=REG_SZ, and value="No".