Windows Media Player has been part of Windows operating system for a long time but it’s not the default media player in Windows 10. Groove Music Player is set as the default audio player in Windows 10 whereas the new Films & TV app is the default video player.
Microsoft has not really updated Windows Media Player post the release of Windows 7 back in 2009. In fact, it has lost a couple of handy features such as the support for DVD playback. There are tens of better media players out there for Windows 10 and most users have stopped using Windows Media Player.
Windows Media Player 12 for Windows 10
Although Windows Media Player is offered with Windows 10 Home and Pro editions of Windows 10, Windows Media Player is not present in Windows 10 N and KN editions.
Not all users running N and KN editions of Windows 10 want to install and use Windows Media Player but since many other features relay on Windows Media files, it’s important to install and keep Windows Media Player. The PDF viewer in Microsoft Edge doesn’t work without Windows Media Player and Windows Media files, for instance.
If you’re using Windows 10 N or KN edition and want Windows Media Player, you need to download and install Media Feature Pack for N and KN editions of Windows 10.
The Media Feature Pack for Windows 10 N and KN editions installs Windows Media Player 12 and some other apps such Groove Music, Video, Skype, and Voice Recorder.
After downloading the Media Feature Pack setup file, run the same by double-clicking on it, and then follow the straight-forward on-screen directions.
What all features included in the Media Feature Pack?
By installing the Media Feature Pack, you get Windows Media Player, Windows Media Format, Groove Music, Skype, Video, Voice Recorder, support for different audio and video formats and Media Player ActiveX control.
Please note that the Media Feature Pack is only for N and KN editions and doesn’t work on other editions of Windows 10.