How can I configure the automatic update feature in Windows Media Player (WMP) 7 and later?

A. You can configure WMP to automatically check for updates once a day, once a week, or once a month. To configure this setting, open the Tools menu, click Options, then select the Player tab. To turn off the automatic update feature, perform the following steps:

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsMediaPlayer registry subkey, or create this subkey if it doesn't exist.
  3. From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value.
  4. Enter the name DisableAutoUpdate, then press Enter.
  5. Double-click the new value, set it to 1, then click OK.
  6. Close the registry editor.
  7. Restart WMP for the change to take effect.
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