Enable or Disable Media Player Automatic Update Message

Do you ever get tired of pesky media player automatic update messages?  Are you bothered by the little balloons that pop up bugging you to update?  If you are one of those people who don’t like media player automatic update messages, an easy registry tweak can take care of that for you.

However, if you like having the latest version of everything, including Windows Media Player and appreciate the little reminders, the same registry tweak can be used to enable the updates instead of disabling them.

Note that this registry tweak works only with Windows XP.  Be sure to check which OS you have.

Another thing to bear in mind is that registry changes cannot be reversed unless you have a back-up, so you should always create a back-up before making any changes.

The steps that follow will either enable or disable the Windows Media Player automatic update message.

Step 1 – Click on the Start button.  Once there, click on Run and type in Regedit.

Step 2 – All you have to do in this step is to look for and expand the designated folders. 

  1. Click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and expand this folder by clicking on the little cross to the left.
  2. Look for the Software folder and expand.
  3. You will find the Microsoft folder.  Expand this folder.
  4. Click on the Media Player folder to expand the folder.
  5. You will find the Player Upgrade folder

Step 3 – This step will require you to create or modify keys. 

  1. To create one, you will need to right click on the right pane of the registry box.  This will bring up New. 
  2. Select String Value.

Step 4 – Rename the key you have just created to AskMeAgain.

Step 5 – Double click on AskMeAgain and a little box will come up.  Value Data will be blank.

  1. Type in No if you want to disable updates.  That will get rid of those bothersome updates.
  2. Type in Yes if you want to enable updates.  You’ll always have the most current version of every piece of software.

Step 6 – Exit the Registry and reboot your PC.

You’re done!