Microsoft Windows Media Player has been around for decades, but although it was the default Windows media player, with the advent of Windows 10 the application disappeared.
Not exactly why Microsoft still has the WMP as long as you know where to look for it.
If you lack the classic Windows application, we'll see below how to install quickly and for free, directly from Microsoft.
Where did Windows Media Player go?
Microsoft has disabled the application by default, but there are also two versions of the operating system that does not exist at all: Windows 10 N and Windows 10 NK.
This is because the European Commission has ruled that Microsoft's practice of pre-installing some software in its operating system is anticompetitive.
That's why Microsoft had to release alternative versions of Windows 10, which have removed some of these applications. So the versions mentioned above not only do not have Windows Media Player, but they do not have other basic applications such as Video and Voice Recorder.
Regardless of the version of your operating system, below we will see how to install Windows Media Player on Windows 10 legally and for free.
Download Windows Media Player 12 (for Windows 10 N and Windows 10 NK)
You should download it Media Feature Pack from the official Microsoft website.
Select the language from the drop-down menu, and then click Download. Then you must choose the version of the file you want to download. This depends on the Windows 10 bit version you are using.
To see which version you are using, press the two keys together [icon name = ”windows” class = ”” unprefixed_class = ””] + R, type dxdiag and click OK. The DirectX diagnostic tool will open, and in the Operating System bar it will indicate whether it is 32 or 64-bit.
If your system is in 32-bit, download it Microsoft-Windows-MediaFeaturePack-OOB-Package.msu. On a 64-bit system, select the other file. After selecting the file you are interested in, click Next.
Download the application and start the installation.
Follow the guide. Along with installing Windows Media Player, other applications such as Skype, Voice Recorder, and Groove Music will be installed. A full list of additional features can be found at support page of Microsoft.
Windows 10 Home and Pro
Windows Media Player is available as an optional feature on these versions of Windows 10, but should be enabled.
To do this, press the two keys together [icon name = ”windows” class = ”” unprefixed_class = ””] + I to open the Settings. Follow the path: Applications> Optional Management> Add a function.
Down below you will find Windows Media Player. Select the application and click Install.
That's it. You can uninstall it from the same route whenever you want.