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Windows Media Player Disappeared? Get It Back!

Dan Price 09-11-2017

Microsoft isn’t quite as bad as Google when it comes to trashing much-loved apps, features, and services, but lately the company seems to be moving in that direction.


In 2017, we saw the demise of Microsoft Live Essentials How to Replace Windows Essentials in Windows 10 Are you using default Windows apps to view photos, manage email, or edit videos? Windows Essentials apps will be deprecated in January 2017. Replace the apps on Windows 10 with these third party alternatives. Read More and the first hints that Microsoft Paint might be coming to an end Microsoft Paint Is Dead, Long Live Paint 3D [Updated] Microsoft Paint is officially being killed off, with Microsoft deprecating the program with the release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Rest In Peace, Microsoft Paint: 1985-2017. Read More . Now, with the release of the Fall Creators Update, Windows Media Player has fallen by the wayside. It goes missing as soon as you install update KB4046355 on build number 1709.

But is it gone forever? Well, no. At least not yet. You can get it back. Here’s how.

Bringing Back Windows Media Player on Windows 10

Follow the step-by-step guide below to bring back Windows Media Player:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Apps > Apps and features.
  3. Click on Manage optional features.
  4. Select Add a feature.
  5. Scroll down to Windows Media Player.
  6. Click on Install.

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The process might take several minutes to complete. When it’s finished, you’ll find the Windows Media Player shortcut in your Start Menu. Click on the shortcut to launch the app.


Don’t Forget the Alternatives

Of course, power users won’t miss the Windows Media Player. It’s nice to be able to bring it back to life from a nostalgic perspective, but the media app everyone should be using is VLC.

And even if you don’t like VLC, there are still plenty of alternatives The 5 Best Free Music Players for Windows Downloading music still has its benefits. For one, you can play music even when you don't have internet access. But which music player should you use? Find the best free music players here. Read More that are much better than the native Microsoft app.

Will you bring Windows Media Player back to life? Let us know in the comments below.

Related topics: Troubleshooting, Windows 10, Windows Media Player.

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  1. Larry
    June 25, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    My concern is different. I do not use Windows 10. I use Windows 7. But the problem is the same. Every few times that I log in to my computer, WMP is gone. It just is not there... not anywhere. And, weirdly, things also will not play (when that disappearing happens) with VLC. In its case, VLC is there, but audios /videos will not play.

  2. Gaz
    November 25, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Rarely ever used Windows Media Player, it has usually started playing by accident (basically by not paying attention to which player windows suggested using).
    I am still using Windows Media Center with Windows 10.
    It has been a long time favourite media player on my HTPC, especially as it integrated so well with my 2x dual Hauppauge TV tuners.
    I have found that after trying a multitude of different players, including Hauppauge's own software, for my purposes none of them as a whole package are as good.
    But since its removal from windows and lack of support and updates, I have only had the odd occasion, where even up until now, it did not want to play something (had to resort to VLC).
    Never understood why Microsoft would so suddenly and completely drop such a great piece of software.
    Though I am happy that I can still get it to work.

  3. Denise Burgwin
    November 11, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    This is regarding BritBox and Acorn. Once subscribed do they charge per season like other carriers?

  4. Eric
    November 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    The problem I have with WMP is it is constantly creating duplicates of different songs. It's not always the same songs either. So I just use ITunes.

  5. Peter Dare
    November 9, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    I still have WMP. It doe everything I want. Why change these things. If it aint broke dont fix it.

  6. Gordon Hay
    November 9, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    One positive reason for making Windows Media Player the default music player is the preview handler that comes with it, which allows you to listen to music files in File Explorer without having to open them.

    • Tina Sieber
      November 15, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      That's a great tip! Thank you, Gordon.

  7. Wayne
    November 9, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    HP put CyberLink Power Media Player 14 as the default on all their Windows 10 machines.

  8. Alan Jeffries
    November 9, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    No it has not disappeared it's still there using windows 10 pro 64bit with the latest updates

  9. Davin Peterson
    November 9, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Microsoft has not updated Windows Media Player in years since releasing version 12 several years ago.

    If you use it, you'll need to install codecs for various media formats to open in Windows Media Player

  10. Commodorewatty
    November 9, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Is always be there you silly people