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The Windows Media Player icon appears in the “All Programs” list, even if you remove access to Windows Media Player by clicking “Set program access and computer defaults” on a computer that is running Windows Vista

You remove access to Windows Media Player by clicking Set program access and computer defaults. In this case, the Windows Media Player icon is removed from the All Programs list. However, when you manually start and configure Windows Media Player, the Windows Media Player icon is added to the “All Programs” list by itself.

Note You can manually start Windows Media Player by double-clicking the Wmplayer.exe application, or by clicking on a file for which Windows Media Player is the only registered application, such as a .wma file.

There is a download that resolves this issue. See Hotfixes for details.
32-bit Download: Contact Microsoft
64-Bit Download: Contact Microsoft

For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB972144.

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