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Windows Media Player for Windows 10 is Still Here, but Something Changes

Microsoft ended general support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015, and tick tock, the extended support will soon end in January 14, 2020. Whether you haphazardly joined the free update in 2016, or only start to worry about updating to Windows 10 recently, changes in Windows Media Player might cause troubles for music lovers.

For starters, Microsoft killed Windows Media Center in Windows 10. As for Windows Media Player, it still hangs around, but ceases to be the default media player. Plus, WMP no longer plays DVD on Windows 10.

What is the default media player on windows 10?

Before, Groove Music is the default player on Windows 10. Now, Music app. For those who have loved Windows Media Player on Windows 7, this could be annoying. Groove and Music app do come with sleek interface, but they might lack some features that WMP has. Some users find it won't play mov videos, due to lack of QuickTime component and corresponding codec. Check the list below.

Groove Music vs Windows Media Player

Widows Media Player

Groove Music


32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows

Universal Windows application (i.e. Besides desktop, Windows Phone, tablets and Xbox One also can use Groove Music)

Play/Burn/Rip CDs

Sync files to MP3 Player

Manually manage metadata

Codec support

Lack of support for open standard such as ogg

Lack of support for open standard such as ogg, mov, etc.

How to Set Windows Media Player as Default Music Player in Windows 10

To set Windows Media Player as default players on Windows 10, go to Settings > System > Default apps, click on Groove music, and choose Windows Media Player as default app instead.

Set Windows Media Player as Default Player in Windows 10

If you want to transfer Groove music to Windows Media Player, you can manage libraries on WMP.

manage WMP library

Step 1. Click Organize > Manage libraries > Music.

Step 2. Point a folder as your WMP music library. You can locate it to the folder where Groove stores your music.

Windows Media Player Missing on Windows 10?

Generally, you can find Windows Media Player in Windows Start:
Click Start (Windows icon), and type in Windows Media Player in search box.

Or, you can quickly launch it with Windows Run:
• Press Windows key and R on keyboard at the same time
• Type: wmplayer.exe
• Hit Enter

If you still cannot find it, you can restore Windows Media Player in optional features.

How to Reinstall Windows Media Player in Windows 10/8/7

According to Microsoft support, Windows Media Player is included in most versions of Windows 10. However, for some versions, it is an optional feature that requires you to enable it. You can get back Windows Media Player in 4 steps.

Step 1. Press Windows key and R simultaneously.

Step 2. Type: optionalfeatures.exe

Step 3. Hit Ok. Wait for some time, and you will see a dialogue window to turn Windows features on or off.

Step 4. Navigate to Media Features, and tick the box Windows Media Player. Press Enter.

Tips: To uninstall Windows Media Player, uncheck the box. To restore WMP, tick the box.

toggle on and off WMP

Windows Run helps you quickly locate a program. If you prefer find it manually, try following:
On Windows 10, go to Apps > Apps & features > Manage optional features.
You can also find optional feature in control panel, go to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features. Click Turn Windows features on or off.

trun windows featuers on or off to restore Windows Media Player

Get Windows Media Player for Windows 10/8/7

If you still cannot find WMP, you might be running on a Windows version that requires Media Feature Pack to be manually installed. Here is a list of Window Media Player availability on different Windows Versions.


Player Version


DVD Playback

Windows 10

Windows Media Player 12

•Ready to use in most versions (clean install or upgraded from Windows 8.1 or Windows 7)
•Some editions requires you to manually enable WMP as an optional feature.

Windows 8.1

Windows Media Player 12

•Ready to use in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro
Media Feature Pack required for Windows 8.1 N and KN editions

Windows RT 8.1




Windows 7

Windows Media Player 12

•Ready to use in Windows 7 Starter, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.
Media Feature Pack required for Windows 7 N or KN editions

How to Check Which Version of Windows am I Using?

Step 1. Click Windows Key and R at the same time.

Step 2. In the pop up Run dialogue Window, type winver.

Step 3. Press Enter.

Check which version of Windows You Are Using

Windows Media Player Update Guide

When you update Windows 7 to Windows 10, it shall upgrade your WMP to the latest version. If you want to manually check for the latest version and update every now and then, you can either download WMP from Microsoft official site or update within the software. Here is how:

Step 1. Launch WMP and press ctrl + M to show menu bar.

Step 2. Help > Check for updates…

Step 3. Follow the instructions in pop up Window.

Bonus Tips: Digitalize DVD to Play with WMP Windows 10

Windows Media Player on Windows 7 is handy for optical disc lovers. However, Microsoft removed DVD playback utility from WMP on Windows 10. Though there is a newly designed DVD player on Microsoft Store, it costs $15 and freezes constantly according to paid users.

To enjoy your CDs and DVDs, you can convert DVD to digital copy such as MP4, or create ISO image out of DVDs with titles in right order. There are bunch of software capable of the task.

Here is a quick guide to convert DVD to MP4 for Windows Media Player.

Tool we need: VideoProc

Step 1. Donwload VideoProc for Windows 10.

Step 2. Insert DVD, select MP4 as target format in VideoProc > DVD.

Step 3. Click Run to convert without quality loss.

Once the conversion is done, folder containing your digitalized DVD files will pop up. You can now play it with Windows Media Player on Windows 10.


Kayla Collins

Kayla Collins, a senior member of Digiarty software for 5 years, knows a thing or two about digital devices & video processing software like GoPro, DSLR camera, Drone, iPhone iPad, iMac, iMovie, etc. and is glad to share her knowledge to help people out of trouble. She's also deeply passionate about yoga, jogging, roller-skating, handcraft, reading, music, movie and more.

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