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Cannot delete mplayer.exe

by bware70 / November 20, 2006 9:27 AM PST

Machine: Gateway
192 ram
OS: Windows ME
MediaPlayer is not working properly, so I want to remove & reload. So I goto
start > search > files & folders
I select mplayer.exe select Delete, they disappear and about 1 sec. later they reappear! Properties seem to be O.K.
How do I remove these files??
Thank You Bill

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Quite proper. SFP is protecting it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 20, 2006 10:04 AM PST

Look up SFP (system file protection) on


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cannot dleete mplayer.exe
by bware70 / November 21, 2006 3:12 AM PST

Thank you Bob, that answered my question. I don't know how to proceed next.
Thank you again,Bill

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Sorry for the short answer. Here's more
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 21, 2006 3:24 AM PST

I was in a rush this morning and hoped that was enough of a clue for you to nail it. But don't fret, we have more to share.

Let's look at the WMP MINI FAQ (google that if you want). It details how to remove WMP from various versions of windows.

Please check out and see if that helps.

It might help if I knew what you were trying to fix. Too often people try to fix WMP and all they really needed was something called a CODEC.


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Sorry for the short answer. Here's more
by bware70 / November 21, 2006 5:19 AM PST

Hi Bob,
I am using "Radio Tuner" I had 8 stations in "My Stations" , next day when I started up there was only on. I cannot add any more, my idea was to remove & reinstall WMP
Thank You Bill

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Such is in your logon "profile."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 21, 2006 6:20 AM PST
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When I used to have Widows ME
by PudgyOne / November 21, 2006 6:42 PM PST

I had problems with the WMP. I contacted Microsoft and here was the reply:
Go to the URL below to download WMP9 and the 828026 update:

Please don't install it. We will install it later.

Step 2: Uninstall Windows Media Player 9 in your system


1. Click Start -> Run. Type the following "command" in the Open field and Click OK.

rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection Uninstall 132 c:\windows\inf\wmp.inf

There are spaces between "rundll32.exe", "setupapi,InstallHinfSection", "Uninstall", "132" and "c:\windows\inf\wmp.inf"

2. Restart the computer into Safe Mode using the steps below:

a. Click Start, click Run, and then in the Open box, type "MSCONFIG" (without the quotation marks). Click OK.

b. Click the Advance button. Check the "Enable Startup menu" item. Click Ok.

c. Reboot the computer. When the startup menu appears, choose Safe Mode and press Enter.

Note: If you don't want to see the startup menu later, you can repeat the above steps and uncheck the "Enable Startup menu" item in the #2.

Step 3: Install WMP9 and the 828026 update in Safe Mode


1. Enter into Safe Mode and locate to the downloaded WMP9 file to reinstall Windows Media Player 9.

2. After you finished install Windows Media Player 9, please install the 828026 update in Safe Mode.

3. Restart your system into Normal Mode and check to see whether or not the 828026 file still re-offers.

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