As time goes on Microsoft has shown it isn’t afraid of making software changes to its operating systems, often replacing what it considers to now be outdated programs with newer ones that either work better or are better suited to the modern world.
That doesn’t mean that everyone is going to want to use them though, or even agree that Microsoft’s newer default video player is the better of the two. Such is the case with the Windows Media Player, what used to be the default video playback application for older versions of Windows but has now taken a backseat to the new Movies & TV app that takes its place in Windows 10.
While we can make some arguments as to why the new Movies & TV app is better—using the scrollbar to fast forward and rewind is much more user-friendly, for example—that doesn’t mean that everyone will feel the same. What is more, many people don’t like changes from what they’ve already taken the time to learn.
If you still prefer using the Windows Media Player, Microsoft has kept it as an application that is already installed in all version of the Windows 10 operating systems, even the most recent versions have it available directly from Cortana search. You can also set it as the default media player if you know you’re going to want to keep going back to it later.
This tutorial demonstrates how to find the older Windows Media Player as set it as the default media player when you’re using a version of the Windows 10 operating system.
Method One: How to Open Windows Media Player from Search
1. Type “Windows Media Player” or “WMP” into Search and then click on the “Windows Media Player” desktop application that appears under the Best match section.
Note: More recent versions of Windows 10 also have an “Open” link in the right side of the same window that you can click to open the Windows Media Player instead if you like.
Method Two: How to Open Windows Media Player from Run
1. Press the Windows logo + R keys to open Run and then type “wmplayer.exe” into the available field and click on “OK.”
Method Three: How to Set Windows Media Player as Default Media Player in Windows 10
1. Open the Settings application and then click on the “Apps” link from the Windows Settings menu.
2. From Apps’ left side, click on “Default apps” and then under the Video player heading, click on the current application that is set to be the default media player.
3. Click on the “Windows Media Player” link from the menu that offers all the other options.