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How to Install or Uninstall Windows Media Player in Windows 10

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Windows Media Player 12 (WMP) is included in Windows 10 by default. Windows Media Player allows you to play audio and video files on your local machine and on the Internet. You can also organize your digital media collection, sync digital media files to a portable device, shop online for digital media content, and more with Windows Media Player.

Windows Media Player is not the default app by default in Windows 10 though. The Groove Music app is the default music player. The Movies & TV app is the default video player. The Photos app is the the default photo viewer.

If you like, you can turn on or off the Windows Media Player feature to no longer have it available for all users on the PC. Turning off Windows Media Player will not uninstall it, or save any hard drive space.

If you like, you can install or uninstall the Windows Media Player feature to no longer have it available for all users on the PC. Uninstalling Windows Media Player will have it no longer available to turn on or off, and will free up around 57.4 MB of space on the Windows drive.

This tutorial will show you how to either turn on/off or install or uninstall Windows Media Player for all users in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to either turn on/off or install or uninstall Windows Media Player.
Note   Note
If you have a N edition of Windows 10 installed, you will need to download and install the Media Feature Pack to have Windows Media Player available.

CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Install or Uninstall Windows Media Player in Settings
  • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Windows Media Player in Windows Features
  • Option Three: To Turn On or Off Windows Media Player in PowerShell

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Install or Uninstall Windows Media Player in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Install or Uninstall Windows Media Player in Windows 10
To Install or Uninstall Windows Media Player in Settings

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Apps icon.

2. Click/tap on the Manage optional features link under Apps & features on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3. Do step 4 (install) or step 5 (uninstall) below for what you want to do.


 4. To Install Windows Media Player in Windows 10

A) Click/tap on Add a feature in Manage optional features. (see screenshot below)

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B) Click/tap on Windows Media Player, click/tap on Install, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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 5. To Uninstall Windows Media Player in Windows 10

A) Scroll down in Manage optional features and click/tap on Windows Media Player, click/tap on Uninstall, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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6. Windows Media Player will now be installed or uninstalled. When finished, you can close Settings if you like. (see screenshot below)

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Install or Uninstall Windows Media Player in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Install or Uninstall Windows Media Player in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off Windows Media Player in Windows Features

1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Programs and Features icon.
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You can also press the Win+R keys to open Run, type OptionalFeatures.exe into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Windows Features at step 3 below.

2. Click/tap on the Turn Windows features on or off link on the left side. (see screenshot below)

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3. Do step 4 (on) or step 5 (off) below for what you want to do.


 4. To Turn On Windows Media Player in Windows 10

A) Expand open Media Features, check Windows Media Player, click/tap on OK to apply, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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 5. To Turn Off Windows Media Player in Windows 10

A) Expand open Media Features, and uncheck Windows Media Player. (see screenshot below)

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B) Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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C) Click/tap on OK to apply, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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6. Windows will now apply the changes. (see screenshots below)

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7. Windows Media Player will now be turned on or off. Click/tap on Close. (see screenshot below)

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Install or Uninstall Windows Media Player in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Install or Uninstall Windows Media Player in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off Windows Media Player in PowerShell

1. Open an elevated PowerShell.

2. Copy and paste the command below you want to use into the elevated PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

(Turn on Windows Media Player)
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature –FeatureName "WindowsMediaPlayer" -All -Online

OR

(Turn off Windows Media Player)
Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature –FeatureName "WindowsMediaPlayer" -Online

3. When finished, you can close the elevated PowerShell window if you like.

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That's it,
Shawn