2007/06/03

Howto Remove a Visualization in Windows Media Player 11

Somehow the [remove] button in Windows Media Player 11 is disabled when you select an item from your list of installed visualizations, so there is no one-click way to remove visualizations in this version of the player.

Anyway the manual way to remove a visualization is easy, once you know how to do it. Let me show you the way:

First go to this folder "C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player" and select the folder named Visualizations. Now, while holding the shift key pressed, right click on the folder named Visualizations and from the context menu select the option "Open Commnand Window Here".

Open the folder named Visualizations in Explorer; there you will see the dll files corresponding to the visualizations you want to remove among others you may want to conserve. Note that the visualizations built-into the player do not have dll files in this folder.

Once you know which dll correspond to the visualization you want to remove, return to the command window and unregister the dll file with this command:

regsvr32 /u "name of the file.dll"

Note that the quotes are only necessary of the dll file name contains spaces.

Now you can delete the dll file you unregistered.

Finally, open Windows Media Player and check the if the Visualization list is now as you like it.

7 comments:

  1. Anonymous5:15 PM

    Thanks! This was extremely useful to know, got rid of boring visualizations :P

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  2. Jesus9:15 PM

    hello, this does not seem to work. I did what you said, but when I open my media player back up I still see the visualizations in the list but they are not functional. I would like to remove the from there. PLEASE HELP.

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  3. Anonymous9:57 AM

    If you are experienced in registry editing take a look at the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Objects\Effects key in the windows registry ;)


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  4. Anonymous12:52 AM

    I was wondering, when I hold the shift key and right click the visualizations folder, I do not get an open cmd window here option. Actually it's no different than if I just right clicked without holding the shift key. Is there something else to it? I am currently running XP Media. Any help would be great as I too have visualizations that stink and would love to abolish LOL. Thank you!

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  5. Anonymous12:53 AM

    I was wondering, when I hold the shift key and right click the visualizations folder, I do not get an open cmd window here option. Actually it's no different than if I just right clicked without holding the shift key. Is there something else to it? I am currently running XP Media. Any help would be great as I too have visualizations that stink and would love to abolish LOL. Thank you!

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  6. The Open Command Line Here does not come with Windows XP, you have to install a PowerToy. Read this blog post for instructions.

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  7. Thank you for a brilliantly simple sollution.

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