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Do Not Have Windows Media Player

  1. #1


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    Do Not Have Windows Media Player


    I am running Windows 8.1 Pro and cannot find Windows Media Player. Everything I read keeps mentioning that versions N and KN need to download it but I cant find out what and where the download is for Windows 8.1. Pro. Help would be appreciated.

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  2. #2


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    this should help > I had to select no because media player was already installed..
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  3. #3


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Babs,

    If you like, you can use step 4 in the tutorial below to download the latest version of the Media Feature Pack from Microsoft to install it for Windows Media Player.

    Media Feature Pack - Install for Windows 8 N and KN
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  4. #4


    N. Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    Instead of Windows Media Player, you might want to download VLC instead. Many people consider VLC to be superior to WMP. With WMP you may need to download codec packages to be able to play all of the different media types you wish to play whereas VLC has codecs built-in for virtually all media types.
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  5. #5


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Just curious.

    But can't you enable it in Windows Features ?

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Just curious.

    But can't you enable it in Windows Features ?

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    Unfortunately, not if it is a N or K version of Windows 8.1. Those editions do not have Windows Media Player included due to the law passed by the EU.
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  7. #7


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Just curious.

    But can't you enable it in Windows Features ?

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    Unfortunately, not if it is a N or K version of Windows 8.1. Those editions do not have Windows Media Player included due to the law passed by the EU.
    OOOOH, Good to know..
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    OK.
    Learned something new.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8


    Thanks everyone for your help. I did not appear to have the N or K version of Win 8 so I thought the Media Player should have been installed.

    I did go into the Features area and it was already checked, but as I say I could not find it in the Programs. So I unchecked and rechecked it but still couldn't find it. But today when I rebooted the laptop there it was in Programs, so maybe I just needed to reboot after switching off and on.

    As far as VLC, I already have it installed and use it but I needed to burn a disc and I don't think VLC can do that ???
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Great news.
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