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Where is Windows Media Player in Windows 10

Microsoft has removed Windows Media Center from Windows 10. Did the same thing happen on Windows Media Player? No, Windows Media Player is still available in Windows 10. However, some people can't find it in their computer. Don't worry. This thread will tell you where is Windows Media Player in Windows 10.

Where to Find Windows Media Player in Windows 10?

There are three methods to locate Windows Media Player in your system.

Method 1. Click the Start button from the bottom-left corner of your desktop, scroll down to the letter W, expand Windows Accessories, and then you should be able to find Windows Media Player.

Find Windows Media Player under Windows Accessories

Method 2. Go to the search box at the taskbar, enter Windows Media Player, and then you should find it under Best match.

Method 3. Open Run command, and enter wmplayer. Then, Windows Media Player will show up.

Still Can't Find Windows Media Player in Windows 10?

Why Windows Media Player is missing in your computer? There are two reasons.
1.You use Windows 10 N edition (for Europe) or KN edition (for South Korea) which are not preinstalled with Windows Media Player and some other programs to abide by the European Commission's competition law rulings.
2.You use Windows 10 Home and Pro. Windows Media Player is an optional feature with these versions.

Check which version of Windows 10 you are running: click Start -> Settings -> System -> About, and then you should see which version of Windows 10 is installed.

Install Windows Media Player for Windows 10 N/KN: go to Microsoft official site to download Media Feature Pack which contains Windows Media Player, Groove Music, Voice Recorder and more apps.
Step 1. Select language.
Step 2. Click the red Download button. Then, you need to choose a file to download.
Microsoft-Windows-MediaFeaturePack-OOB-Package.msu is for 32-bit system, while Microsoft-Windows-MediaFeaturePack-OOB-Package_x64.msu is for 64-bit.
Step 3. Open with Windows Update Standalone Installer (default). click OK to start installing Media Feature Pack. You just need to follow the wizard and will get WMP soon.

Download Media Feature Pack to get WMP

Install Windows Media Player for Windows 10 Home and Pro: add Windows Media Player from optional features.
Step 1. Click Start -> Settings.
Step 2. Click Apps -> Manage optional features -> Add a feature.
Step 3. Scroll down to find Windows Media Player. Click it and you will see the Install button. Now, simply click Install.

Install Windows Media Player from optional features

Want to Set Windows Media Player as Your Default Player?

The default music player and video player on Windows 10 are Groove Music and Movies & TV respectively. To change the default player to Windows Media Player, you need to perform the following steps.

Step 1. Click Start -> Settings.
Step 2. Click System -> Default apps.
▪ Scroll down to Music player, click on the Groove Music entry, and then you can choose Windows Media Player.
▪ Scroll down to Video player, click on the Movies & TV entry, and then you can choose Windows Media Player.
Then, WMP has been set as the default.

Set Windows Media Player as the default player

Why Windows Media Player Cannot Play DVD on Windows 10?

Although Windows Media Player isn't axed from Windows 10, it lacks the native support for DVD playback (Microsoft removed the DVD playback capability since the release of Windows 8). Microsoft offers a Windows DVD Player as a remedy, but it charges $15. Luckily, this isn't your only option. You can also pick a third-party free DVD player for Windows 10 or simply digitize your DVDs with a DVD ripper. WinX DVD Ripper is worth a try. This program can help you convert DVDs to digital files as ISO, MP4, H.264, HEVC, AVI, WMV, MOV, FLV, MP3, and more media formats. Intel and NVIDIA powered hardware acceleration is supported to boost DVD ripping speed. With hardware acceleration on, a DVD can be finished processing within 5 minutes (depend on your computer configurations). And the original quality will be maintained.

How to rip DVD on Windows 10: insert DVD into DVD drive and load the DVD into the ripper by clicking DVD Disc button -> choose a desired output profile -> begin ripping by hitting the RUN button.

download icon Free download WinX DVD Ripper on Windows 10 to have a try.

Digitize DVD for playback on Windows 10

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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