Windows Media Player Temp Files Removal Guide

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Playing music, videos and listening to a lot of radio streaming services through Windows Media Player eats up a significant portion of your hard disk space. Gradually, you realize the need to reclaim lost space as your computer tends to run slow, displays low disk space notifications and the situation worsens.

In this workaround you’ll learn how to clean up recently played list, recently opened local and over-the-network URLs, application cache contents, transcoded files, and so on.

Download Diagnostic

You’re just 3 steps away from fixing this problem…

1. Download and install the Diagnostic

2. Run full scan

3. Perform system clean-up & repair

Estimated download time: 10 Seconds

What is Diagnostic? How does it work?


Update Device Drivers

In most of the cases reported, this issue was caused due to outdated device drivers – software that facilitate communication between your operating system and hardware. Update the device drivers using the Free Wise Driver Care. Restart your computer after successful completion.

Remove Transcoded Files Cache

Windows Media Player encodes and converts media files and stores this information into temporary directories. This information is not useful after successful completion.

1. Open Windows Media Player. (Click Start > All Apps > Windows Accessories > Windows Media Player)

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2. Press Alt key to show menu bar.

3. Click the Tools menu, and then Options.

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4. Click Devices tab, and then Advanced button.

5. Click Delete Files button.

Lower the Storage Limit for Transcoded Files

You may be surprised to know that WMP has more than 10 GB of storage limit just for storing transcoded files cache. It is critical to lowering the amount of space used for storing transcoded files to save your disk space and get rid of junk data.

1. Open the File Conversion Options dialog. (Refer Steps # 1-4 under Remove Transcoded Files Cache section)

2. Lower the “Amount of disk space to use.” Make sure the amount is not too small to cause sync issues.

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3. Click OK twice.

Clear Playlist History

The music, video player, keeps track of everything that you played, listened and watched. Every time you play media, it adds corresponding file path/ Internet URL to MRUs — list of recently played files. It can compromise your privacy as it is accessible to anyone who is logged into your laptop/ computer. It is recommended to remove list items and protect your privacy.

1. Open Options dialog.

2. Click Privacy tab, and then Clear History button.

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Clear Program Cache

Clear caches for CDs, DVDs, and other devices connected to your PC.

1. Open Options dialog.

2. Click Clear Cache button under Privacy tab.

Prevent Downloading Media Info

Windows Media Player automatically downloads media information during playback. Disable the retrieving of media information from the Internet and eating up your storage space.

1. Open Options dialog.

2. Click the Library tab.

3. Uncheck the box named “Retrieve additional information from the Internet.”

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4. Click Apply, and then OK.

Free Up 10s of GBs of Disk Space!

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