How can I remove the Network tab from Windows Media Player (WMP) 8 and later?

A. On WMP 8 and later, the Network tab of the Options dialog box, which appears when you select Options from the Tools menu, lets you configure which protocols to use to stream media. To remove this option, perform the following steps:

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft registry subkey.
  3. From the Edit menu, select New, Key.
  4. Enter the name WindowsMediaPlayer, then press Enter.
  5. From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value.
  6. Enter the name HideNetworkTab, then press Enter.
  7. Double-click the new value, set it to 1, then click OK.
  8. Close the registry editor.

No reboot or logout is required; the next time you start WMP, the Network tab won't be visible.

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