Remove information about what you have played in Windows Media Player

When you play digital media content in Windows Media Player, some file history and media information is typically stored on your computer. You can prevent it from being stored if you don't want the information to be available to others who use your computer with the same user account.

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To remove lists of files or URLs you have played

Lists of files or URLs that you have played are displayed in the following locations in the Player: on the File menu (in the list of recently played files), in the Open URL dialog box, and in the Open dialog box. You can remove the existing lists, and you can prevent the lists from being stored in the future.

If the File menu is not visible, show the Classic Menus.

  1. Click the arrow below the Now Playing tab, click More Options, and then click the Privacy tab.

  2. To remove the existing lists, click Clear History. This also deletes any changes that you have made to the media information for CDs and DVDs.

  3. To prevent the lists from being stored in the future, clear the Save file and URL history in the Player check box.

  4. To clear the list of files that are displayed in the Open dialog box, empty the list of recently used documents folder on your computer. For information about clearing the list of recent documents, see Windows Help and Support.

To remove media information about files in your library

Media information about music files in your library, including files that were created when ripped from CDs, is displayed in the Player. The existing media information cannot be removed, but you can prevent new media information from being retrieved and displayed. Keep in mind, however, that doing so will cause any files created during ripping to be displayed in your library as "Unknown".

  1. Click the arrow below the Library tab, and then click More Options.

  2. In the Automatic media information updates for files area, clear the Retrieve additional information from the Internet check box.

    This also clears the Update music files by retrieving media info from the Internet check box, located on the Privacy tab.

To remove media information about CDs or DVDs that you have played

Media information about CDs or DVDs you have played is displayed in several places in the Player. You can remove the existing media information and you can prevent that information from being stored in the future. Keep in mind that if you do so, you will need to be connected to the Internet when you play CDs or DVDs to view album art, track names, album names, and so on.

  1. Click the arrow below the Now Playing tab, click More Options, and then click the Privacy tab.

  2. To remove information about CDs or DVDs you have played, click Clear Caches.

    This also removes stored media information about devices that the Player syncs to, folders that the Player is monitoring, files on which you have performed a search through the Player, and files that you have deleted from your library.

  3. To prevent media information about CDs or DVDs from being stored, clear the Display media information from the Internet check box.

    If the Update music files by retrieving media info from the Internet check box (located in the same area) is selected, it is possible that media information for CDs you have played will reappear in the Player, if you had ripped music from those CDs to your library. To ensure that no media information for CDs is ever retrieved, you can also clear the Update music files by retrieving media info from the Internet check box.

To remove information about your devices

For performance reasons, the Player stores information about devices it syncs to in a cache. It is not possible to prevent the information from being stored, but you can remove the existing information.

  1. Click the arrow below the Now Playing tab, click More Options, and then click the Privacy tab.

  2. Click Clear Caches.