Lately I’ve been listening to some MP3 songs on my corporate laptop. Today I noticed that the library of Windows Media Player (WM Player) was getting pretty big. I don’t want my corporate laptop to contain a lot of information about my music. So I was looking for a “clear” button or menu item but didn’t find any. Because I don’t usually use WM Player as an MP3 player, I don’t really know all the features and options. Let’s go and take a look.

Quick solution

If you want to delete the entries in the library, close your WM player and navigate to “C:\Documents and Settings\YourUserNameGoesHere\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Media Player”. Found it? Close your WM Player. Now delete all the files in the folder! Restart WM Player and you’ll see that the library is empty.

Increasing your privacy settings

Now that we have a solution, I don’t want to perform this action every time I stop using WM Player. So let’s figure out how we can use WM Player without leaving too much evidence…

If you take a look at the menu tabs below, I deactivated a lot of features. I just want to listen to music, nothing else. If you feel this way, just deactive all features like the images below.

Windows Media Player - General Options

Windows Media Player - Library Options

Windows Media Player - Privacy Options