The Windows Media Player is a favorite choice of many Windows users. It used to be the default video player for many years, which is why so many people have come to know it so well.

Windows Media Player allows you to play audio and video from a local computer or from the internet. Additionally, you can use WMP it organize your audio collections, sync digital media, shop online, and more. The latest version is the Windows Media Player 12. WMP 12 comes with two new features: streamlined playback modes and it plays more media in more places. The streamlined playback modes includes a minimalist Now Playing mode where you only get the features you need. There’s also a new taskbar thumbnail and playback controls to make previews easier. WMP 12 can play more media on more places, thanks to its expansion of video and audio formats that it supports.

While Windows 10 does come with the Windows Media Player 12, it is no longer the default media player. It has been replaced by the Movies & TV app for video files and the Groove Music app for music files. The Movies & TV app is a more modern video player application with better features that make it a more favorable option for most people to use over the older Windows Media Player.

Some people still use the Windows Media Player and set it as the default player, not realizing that the Movies & TV app is the new one that comes as default in Windows 10 and as the app that Microsoft is pushing for people to use now, while others want to continue using the Windows Media Player because they’re familiar with it for playing their music and video and don’t want to learn how to sync and do other things from a new video or music player.

We recommend making the switch to the Movies & TV app sooner rather than later because it’s got better features, and the Groove Music app is a delight to use as well. It can easily find and upload music from File Explorer and it only takes a few minutes to work out how to use. Groove Music also comes with great features such as cover art and is very reminiscent of a music player that you would find playing your tunes on a mobile operating system.

Method One: Install or Uninstall Windows Media Player in Settings

Open the Settings app.

Click on the “Apps” icon from the main Windows Settings menu.

From Apps’ left side, click on “Apps and features” and then click on the “manage optional features” under the Apps a& features heading on the right side of the same window.