Windows Media Player disappeared after update? Here’s how to get it back

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It is already known that the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will get rid of some of the oldest programs in the Windows ecosystem, such as Paint. However, it appears that list might be longer than we expected. Windows Insiders are already testing the Fall Creators Update and, after receiving the KB4046355 update, discovered that Windows Media Player is no longer available.

After the update the WMP is completely gone, the C:Program Files (x86)Windows Media Player” folder only has a “wmp.dll” file. Currently on build 16299.0.

Right now, we do not have any official information from Microsoft but we are waiting for an announcement. However, it is not hard to understand why they decided to remove it, since there are many other alternatives including third-party players.

How to reinstall Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player users might have been scared by the news, but it appears that Windows Media Player is not gone forever. While it is true that it will not come installed by default in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, there is a way to get it on your computer once again.

Here is what you have to do:

  1. Go to the Settings app.
  2. Open Apps > Apps & features and then select “manage optional features”
  3. Once you are there, select the “Add a feature” option.
  4. Scroll down all the way to the bottom of the screen and you should find Windows Media Player.
  5. The program will be listed as an optional feature. Select it and click the install button.
  6. In less than a minute, the installation should be complete and you will be able to use Windows Media Player once again on your computer.

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  • For any of you whos out there who’ve tried this and watched the progress bar chug for a few seconds and then fail; Look under the C:windowsservicingFODmetadata folder and find the file with windowsmediaplayer in the title that ends with .mum. Copy this file out of the folder and place it in the C:windowsservicing folder, and then try installing using the procedure from this article again.

  • For any of you whos out there who’ve tried this and watched the progress bar chug for a few seconds and then fail to install; Look under the C:windowsservicingFODmetadata folder and find the file with windowsmediaplayer in the title that ends with .mum. Copy this file out of the folder and place it in the C:windowsservicing folder, and then try installing using the procedure from this article again. You may have to take ownership of the folder first, and then give the user your logged into writing rights. I’ve banged my head on this one for quite awhile.

  • So what if we have the feature and windows media player still doesn’t show up as a app or a means of playing music?