How to download windows media player 12 for windows 10

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Windows 10 doesn"t ship with Windows truyền thông Player anymore. Learn how to install Windows truyền thông media Player for free and legally.

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Windows truyền thông media Player has been around in various forms for decades. While it used to lớn be the default Windows media player, that"s changed for Windows 10. You now need to install Windows truyền thông Player before it"s available; the method you use will depend on your version of Windows 10.

If you"re missing this classic Windows utility, we"re here lớn show you how khổng lồ get it back quickly and for free. We"ll also offer up some alternative truyền thông players because Windows media Player hasn"t seen a major update in years.


What Is Windows media Player?

Windows media Player is software that plays & manages music and đoạn phim files. If you"re new lớn Windows, you may never have heard of it, let alone used it. Nonetheless, Windows truyền thông Player was the de-facto media player for many, especially Windows 8 và prior versions.

The first iteration of the program was called truyền thông Player, launched in 1991 and included in Windows 3.0 with Multimedia Extensions.

Over time, Windows truyền thông media Player grew to tư vấn more truyền thông media formats (all the codecs in the now-defunct Windows media framework, along with WAV và MP3) và more features.


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Some of these features include DVD playback, syncing lớn portable media players, music visualization, and truyền thông streaming. You could also apply different themes.

For many, one of the most important features of Windows media Player was its ability lớn rip from and burn lớn discs. When music was still mostly consumed on disc, Windows truyền thông media Player was invaluable for bringing your tunes on to lớn your computer.

While primarily known as a player for Windows desktops, over the years Windows truyền thông media Player was also released on Windows Mobile, Mac, và Oracle Solaris.


Where Has Windows truyền thông media Player Gone?

The quickest way to kiểm tra if you have Windows media Player 12 (the latest version) installed & enabled is to xuất hiện the Start menu and tìm kiếm for it.

It comes as an "optional feature" for the majority of Windows 10 versions. However, Microsoft now disables it by default, so there"s every chance your search will yield no results.

There are also two versions of the operating system that don"t have it at all: Windows 10 N and Windows 10 NK.

This is because the European Commission ruled that Microsoft"s practice of pre-installing some software on their operating systems is anti-competitive. Thus, Microsoft was forced to lớn offer alternative versions of Windows 10 with some of these key features removed. Not only vì they lack Windows truyền thông media Player, but they also exclude apps such as đoạn phim and Voice Recorder.


No matter your operating system version, we"ll show you how to install Windows media Player for Windows 10—legally và for free.


How khổng lồ Get Windows truyền thông Player 12

It"s extremely simple khổng lồ install Windows truyền thông media Player 12. The method you need will depend on your version of Windows 10.

Windows 10 N and NK

You need to tải về the truyền thông Feature Pack from Microsoft"s official website.

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First, select your language using the dropdown, then click Download. You must then choose which version of the tệp tin you want lớn download. This depends on what bit version of Windows 10 you"re running.


To find this out, press Windows key + R, đầu vào dxdiag, và click OK. This will xuất hiện the DirectX Diagnostic Tool. Look at the line Operating System and kiểm tra if it reads 32-bit or 64-bit.

If you"re running 32-bit, kiểm tra to download this file:

Microsoft-Windows-MediaFeaturePack-OOB-Package.msuIf you"re running 64-bit, select the other file. Once checked, click Next. You should then be prompted by your browser to Open with Windows Update Standalone Installer (default). With this selected, click OK to lớn begin the installation.


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Follow the wizard through, & the update will be installed. Along with installing Windows truyền thông Player, this will also install other apps lượt thích Skype, Voice Recorder, and Groove Music. A full các mục of the additional features can be found on Microsoft"s tư vấn page.

Windows 10 trang chủ and Pro

Windows truyền thông Player comes included as an optional feature with these versions of Windows 10, but it needs khổng lồ be enabled.

To vị so, press Windows key + I to open Settings. Go khổng lồ Apps > Optional features > add a feature.


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Scroll down khổng lồ Windows truyền thông media Player và select it. Click Install.

Job done! Go back a page, và you"ll see Windows truyền thông Player on the menu of installed optional features. You can also uninstall it from here, should you ever wish to.


Alternatives to lớn Windows truyền thông Player

Some people consider Windows media Player khổng lồ be an annoying Windows feature they don"t need. If that"s you, then you"ll likely want alternative audio and đoạn phim playing software. Happily, there are a number of không tính phí and great alternatives khổng lồ Windows truyền thông Player.

One of the best truyền thông media players you can tải về is VLC truyền thông media player. This open-source, cross-platform software will run pretty much any audio or đoạn phim file that you throw at it, thanks to its huge amount of đoạn clip codec support.

VLC can play đoạn phim files, webcams, streams, and more. It"s also very lightweight & fast.


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Other good không tính tiền choices are Winamp, which boasts great visualization & interface customization, và MusicBee, which is a powerful music manager that also supports podcasts and radio.

Alternately, you could use other default Windows applications. These were designed with Windows 10 in mind and offer a more modern user interface. For video, bởi vì a system search for Films & TV. For audio, tìm kiếm for Groove Music. The latter also comes with a store và streaming service, but you can just use it khổng lồ manage your local music collection if you desire.


Windows media Player on Windows 10: Success!

If you"ve been missing Windows truyền thông Player in your life, hopefully, you"ve now been able khổng lồ install it on your system. Microsoft may remove tư vấn for it entirely in the future, but for now, it"s here khổng lồ stay.

Remember, you don"t have to lớn use Windows truyền thông media Player if it doesn"t suit your needs. In fact, there are better players out there since Microsoft"s offering has fallen by the wayside.