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How To Enable Windows Media Player in Windows 11


Imagine you’re intending to watch a movie on your computer late at night, and you discover that you don’t have a media player app installed on your PC.

It would be a terrible feeling, Right?
That’s why we have Windows Media Player pre-installed on PC, but it seems that your version of Windows doesn’t have one yet.

No Problem! That’s what we’re going to fix.

windows media player app icon in windows
Windows Media Player App Icon

Windows Media Player is a media player developed by Microsoft that is installed as part of the Windows operating systems. This software has been developed to allow users to playback audio and video files on a computer. It can also be used as a multimedia platform for streaming media from the internet or from other devices that are connected to Windows and includes some integrated tools for recording audio and video content.

By the end of this article, we’ll be able to install Windows Media using Optional Features.


Step #1: Open the Windows Settings from the Start menu.

windows setting app in windows 11
Windows Settings App

Step #2: Select the ‘Apps’ option from the left sidebar and select the ‘Optional Features’ option

select optional features option in app section in windows 11 settings
Select the “Optional Features” option

Step #3: Select the ‘View Features’ button.

view optional features in windows 11 settings
“View Feature” button

Step #4: A dialog box appears listing the windows optional features. Check the ‘Windows Media Player’ option and press the ‘Next’ button.

select windows media player from the optional features in windows settings
‘Windows Media Player’ option

Step #5: Press the Install button and wait until the feature is installed.

installing windows media player in windows 11
Installing Windows Media Player

Once it is installed, the Windows Media Player will be visible in the Start Menu.


Now you know how to install and enable Windows Media Player in Windows 11, so enjoy watching Movies, and Videos, offline and over the internet, listening to Songs and importing your favorite music files.

Recapitulating the steps to install Windows Media Player:

Open the Windows Settings, select the Apps option from the left sidebar and click the Optional Features option, select the View Features option, check the Windows Media Player option, and click the ‘Next’ button to install it.


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