Turning Off Windows Media Player AutoUpdate
How to turn off the auto-update in Windows Media Player (all versions)
This article explains how to stop the automatic update in Windows Media Player.
Windows Media Player 6.4 and Earlier
To disable the Windows Media Player 6.4 automatic update checks, use the following steps:

   1. Start the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
   2. Locate the following key in the registry:

      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MediaPlayer
   3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click String Value.
   4. Type EnableAutoUpgrade, and then press ENTER.
   5. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
   6. Type no, and then click OK.
   7. Quit the Registry Editor.

Windows Media Player 7.0 or Later
To disable the Windows Media Player 7.0 or later automatic update checks by editing the registry, use these steps:

   1. Start the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
   2. Locate the following key in the registry:

      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft
   3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Key.
   4. TypeWindowsMediaPlayer, and then press ENTER.
   5. With the WindowsMediaPlayer key selected, on the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
   6. Type DisableAutoUpdate, and then press ENTER.
   7. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
   8. Type 1, and then click OK.
   9. Quit the Registry Editor.

To disable the Windows Media Player 7.0 or later automatic update checks by using group policy (WMPlayer.adm), use these steps:

   1. In Group Policy Microsoft Management Console (MMC), under Computer Configuration expand Administrative Templates, expand Windows Components, and then click Windows Media Player.
   2. In the list of available policies, double-click Prevent Automatic Updates.
   3. Click Enabled, and then click OK.
   4. Quit the Group Policy MMC.

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