( If you are not a Windows 10 user yet, please note that the free upgrade of Windows 10 full version, not a trial or introductory version, is only available until July 29, 2016.)
- I find it strange Win 8.1 came without media player - my son has downloaded iTunes. WMP is only available to Win 8.1 PRO users but surely it the home users that would be more likely to use WMP. I hope windows 10 would support Windows Media Player and USB Audio Class 2.
Windows Media Player still is available in Windows 10, but Microsoft removes Windows Media Center from PCs running Windows 8 Pro. It means that Windows 10 does not support playing back DVDs and so on. So mostly you need to find out a better Windows Media Player alternative for Windows 10 that is more functional and up-to-date, to address Windows 10 Media Player DVD playback issue and much more.
5KPlayer comes as the best free media player for Windows 10 (the previous as well): it plays DVDs, and all videos and music on your Windows PCs, supports 4K UHD and 3D videos; it downloads online videos, downloads YouTube to MP3, and (AirPlay) streams media between devices. It is your must-have DVD/4K/3D media player and library for Windows 10 - 100% FREE and CLEAN!
Please click to which you want to know:
A. What Is Windows 10 Media Player?
B. What Formats are Supported by Windows 10 Media Player?
C. Download the Best Free Media Player for Windows 10
Windows 10 Media Player here refers to the built-in or proprietary media player for use on Windows 10 PC or Windows 10 Phone.
The main functions of WMP are to:
1. Rip music from and copy music to CD, burn recordable discs such as an MP3 CD, synchronize content with a digital audio player (MP3 player) or other mobile devices, and enable users to purchase or rent music from a number of online music stores. (Note: If you need to convert and rip DVD on Windows 10, please get help from WinX DVD Ripper.)
2. Play back audios, videos and pictures; play back CDs and DVDs from specific versions on; support local playback and streaming playback.
3. Help fast forward, reverse, file markers, and realize full media management.
Previously, Windows Media Player 12 is available for Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 7, while Windows Media Player 11 is for Vista, XP, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003. Besides, Windows Phone uses Windows Media Player Mobile, and Windows Media Components for QuickTime is especially designed for Mac OS X. However, Windows Media Player isn't available for Windows RT 8.1 and Windows RT. What about the fire new Microsoft Windows 10? Will Windows Media Player 12 continue?
Some birds hold the view that Windows should also consider setting up a music store selling music in lossless format as iTunes music is only available as 256 kbps AAC.
As a matter of fact, all of them do not matter at all since there are already many alternatives to Windows Media Player 12, such as VLC player and 5KPlayer, the best free media player software for Windows 10 with much more useful features.
Widows Media Player natively supports the compression types, file types and video resolutions as follows:
File types supported by WMP:
.bdmv | .evo | .hevc | .mkv | .avi | .flv | .webm | .mp4 | .ts | .m4v | .m4a | .ogm
.ac3 | .dts | .alac | .flac | .ape | .aac | .ogg | .ofr | .mpc | .3gp and many more.
Compression types supported by WMP:
x265 | h.265 | HEVC | 10bit x264 | x264| h.264 | AVCHD | AVC | DivX | XviD
MP4 | MPEG4 | MPEG2 and many more.
Resolutions supported by WMP:
All resolutions up to and including SD 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, + HD 720i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 4K and beyond.
The audio video formats supported by Windows Media Player are somewhat limited, but you can find some Windows Media Player Codecs online (but we recommend you only try installing windows 10 Media Player Codec Pack for example MKV codec for WMP from safe and trustworthy websites).
However, some of the components in such codec packs may have incompatibilities issues, which will cause serious playback errors in the Player and other players, lead to system corruption, and make it difficult for Microsoft to diagnose and troubleshoot.
To avoid such incompatibilities problems that might arouse Windows 10 errors, you have two different ways to choose:
1. Convert Incompatible Videos to Windows 10 Media Player
One of the most feasible solutions to play any media on the new Windows OS is to convert FLV, WebM, MOD, TOD and any other incompatible videos to the media formats supported by Windows 10.
WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is the most secure and effective Windows 10 video converter to transfer between any video formats. It makes media files more compatible with Windows 10 and become the native Windows 10 videos (e.g. WMV) almost without quality loss.
How to Convert MKV to WMV Windows Media Video on Win 10
How to add MKV and MP4 to "video library" in Windows Media Player 12
How to Convert DVD to WMV for Windows Media Player/VLC Users
No matter what players you are using on your Windows 10 PC or Windows 10 for phone, you can count on the media converter for video conversion. With embedded in 400+ video/audio codecs, it supports all video audio types you can think of, and almost all kinds of video resolutions (including 4K UHD) currently.
With a great many ready-made profiles, you even enables you to convert videos directly to Microsoft Windows Phones, tablets, Surface Pro (3), Xbox (One), Zune, and also Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android devices, Chromecast, etc.
2. Download the Best Free Media Player for Windows 10
Rather than converting HD/4K videos, you can choose to download another best free media player as the replacement of WMP for Windows 10, or say Windows Media Player alternatives. We would have suggested you use VLC player which is open source and has its own built-in codecs. But now VLC also has many errors, you can try another Media Player for Windows 10.
Here are how to download the Media Player for Windows 10 free:
Step 1. Go to the official page of 5KPlayer, view the product introduction to see if it is the one you want.
Step 2. Click on the second button on the first screen to download the Windows 10 media/DVD player for Windows. It is fully compatible with Windows 10.
Step 3. Proceed to install 5KPlayer and double click the icon to open the software.
Step 4. Click on specific buttons to play "Video", "DVD", Music" and "Radio", or "YouTube" button to download online videos from any of the mainstream online videos sites, or "AirPlay" to receive and send AirPlay streams.
Download the Best Free Media Player for Windows 10
5KPlayer is perfectly compatible with any Windows OS (and Mac OS). Superior to Windows Media Player, this freeware is able to:
• Play HD, 4K, 5K and 8K videos on Windows 10 PC;
• Download online videos from YouTube, Vevo, Yahoo, DailyMotion;
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