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Solved Windows 8.1 has no Media Player


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#1
Along with all the other things, that don't seem to work in the Windows 8.1 beta, I noticed that the Media Player is also missing, while they did only say Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center Beta.

Are they planning on totally removing Media Player also?
 

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#2
My 8.1 Preview appears to have it. Try typing "windows media player" into the search box and see if the WMP configuration window pops up for you.
 

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#3
ahhhh

I stand corrected, thank you. umm, can't remember but I thought Media Center was already installed, maybe thats what threw me.
 

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#4
If my response has helped you resolve your issue please consider marking this thread as solved.
 

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#5
Hi there
while not the answer you wanted why not just download (FREE) VLC player -- IMO far better than WMP and handles more codecs (both audio and video) too.

Cheers
jimbo
 

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#6
I see lots of people complaining that WMP and WMC if installed no longer can handle the file types they used to be able to swallow whole. In Windows 7 and even XP, if WMP needed a codec, it downloaded. But 8 No longer does this, and even if you install a codec pack the codecs are not applied to Media Player.

My Solution is to always use VLC, which can play everything. About a year ago, I downloaded some media that was HI10P, VLC 2.0.4 could not play it... This was fixed in 2.0.5 and above though. But if you need a secondary Player than can allow Codecs to be added, you want MPC-HC.
 

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#7
I see lots of people complaining that WMP and WMC if installed no longer can handle the file types they used to be able to swallow whole. In Windows 7 and even XP, if WMP needed a codec, it downloaded. But 8 No longer does this, and even if you install a codec pack the codecs are not applied to Media Player.

My Solution is to always use VLC, which can play everything. About a year ago, I downloaded some media that was HI10P, VLC 2.0.4 could not play it... This was fixed in 2.0.5 and above though. But if you need a secondary Player than can allow Codecs to be added, you want MPC-HC.
agreed... they have crippled Media Player and Media Center almost to point of useless... shouldn't Windows 8 cost less than :p
 

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#8
Indeed, the upgrade was cheap, originally that is. I think they expected us to all switch over to the Video Tile, which does not play any high-quality files like MKV.
 

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    AMD 4400+/4200+
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    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
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    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
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    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
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    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
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    "1842 x 1036"
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    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.