This email struck me as fun, and I felt like answering it (to the best of my ability):
Hello, I know you are busy and probably do not answer random questions, but I do not know who to turn to and you're a random name off the internet.
I use windows media player. I like to optimize the way things run to do what I want. I've been obsessively seeking a way to disable the media guide. I do not want it accessing the internet and trying to sell me anything I do not plan on buying in the first place.
It seems like a conspiracy and I have been unable to remedy this situation. In desperation I've emailed a good friend of mine and you.
Where would I go to find this information? I've done about five google searches and clicked over forty links. Any help you can offer will be IMMENSELY appreciated.
Here's what I came up with:
In Windows Media Player go Tools|Options|Privacy and uncheck EVERY checkbox. This will at least keep Media Player from suggesting things.
Then, go to your c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc and open the file called "HOSTS" in notepad. Add these lines at the very end:
This doesn't remove the "Guide" Tab, but effectively neuters it.