How to Remove Windows Media Player & Internet Explorer on Windows 10

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If you have just upgraded your system from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 to Windows 10, or you perform a clean installation of Windows 10 on your PC, then you will noticed that two web browsers and two multimedia players comes pre-installed. The new Groove Music Player and the old Windows Media Player come installed as the media players, while Edge and Internet Explorer 11 act as the default browsers.

The reason why Microsoft included Internet Explorer in some of the Windows 10 versions is a mystery considering that this browser is no longer used by many users and is extremely outdated. The Windows Media Player was the cherry on the top of the cake during the Windows XP era, and it proved useful on Windows 7 too (alongside with Windows Media Center), but that is no longer the case.

Today, we will be showing how you can remove or disabled the Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player on your Windows 10 PC. Microsoft does not provide a means to permanently uninstall these programs, but there is a way to disabled them within the operating system. If you still find any of the programs useful for one reason or the other, don’t worry, you can easily enabled or add them back at any time.

Follow the steps below:

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Windows 10 desktop

Step 1

On your Windows 10 desktop, right-click the “Start” button and select “Control Panel” as highlighted in image above

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Control Panel

Step 2

In the “Control Panel”, click “Program” (Note: You may need to change the view by to “Category”)

Programs and features

Step 3

Under “Programs and Features”, select “Turn Windows features on and off”

 Turn Windows features on and off

Step 4

A new window will pop out, scroll through the list of features and “untick” the tiny box placed in front of Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player. A warning message will be displayed when you untick the boxes, simply click the “Yes” button to ignore the warnings and click Ok to save, then restart your PC.

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Once you restart your PC, the programs will be removed. Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player will be disabled and their icons will be wipe off the Start menu, taskbar and other places. To enable them back, follow Step 1 to Step 4, but this time “tick” the box and then restart your PC.

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