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The default media player in Windows 10 is very good. It is similar to the other media player options out there but comes with some improvements.

For instance, if you’re someone who likes to click and drag the scrollbar to fast forward through videos, the new default media player makes it much easier to do—it offers more area for your mouse to click, and yet doesn’t get in the way of watching the footage.

Nevertheless, there’s no doubt that the older Windows Media Player will remain a fan favorite of many who have come to know it over the years. Even though Windows wants to continue to progress, it isn’t cutting people off from previous alternatives entirely. You can still run the Windows Media Player if you prefer it without having to install it from the Web—it’s there waiting for you already in Windows 10 as part of the package that you download when you install the operating system.

What’s more, there are even a few ways you can open the Windows Media Player: one from the Settings app where you select video players, one from the Search field in the taskbar, and you can find it from the Run dialog as well.

This tutorial demonstrates how to find the Windows Media Player and set it as the default media player when you’re using a version of the Windows 10 operating system.

Note: If you’re signed up to the Windows Insiders program (to preview the software fore its official release), then you may find some incompatibility issues with other software if you choose to run the Windows Media Player.

How to Find Windows Media Player from Search

1. Type “Windows Media Player” into Search and then click on the “Windows Media Player” desktop applications when it appears under the Best match section to open the Windows Media Player.

How to Find Windows Media Player from Settings App

1. Open the Settings application and then from the main WIndows Settings menu click on “Apps.”

2. Inside Apps, click on “Default apps” from the left side pane and then scroll down until you get to the Video Player heading.

3. Click once on the “Movies and TV” link to reveal a menu with all the other options you have to choose from.

4. Select the “Windows Media Player” from the list.

5. Now when you close the Settings app, the Windows 10 operating system will automatically remember your preferences.

You can close the Settings app now if you want.

How to Find Windows Media Player from Start Menu

1. Open the Start menu and then scroll down the list of All Apps and click on “Windows Windows Player.”

How to Find Windows Media Player from Run

1. Press the Windows logo key + R keys on your keyboard and then type “wmplayer.exe” into the Run field and click on the “OK” button to open the Windows Media Player.

How to Set Windows Media Player As Default

1. You can only set the Windows Media Player as the default by selecting it from the Settings application from the Video Player heading. As mentioned, when you have selected it and close the Settings app, it will remember this as your default Windows Media Player each time you want to open a video file in the future until you tell it otherwise from the same menu.

That’s all.

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