The Right Way to Uninstall or Reinstall Windows Media Player 12

Enable or Disable Windows Media Player 12

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Windows Media Player 12 is included in Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. If it misbehaves, and a simple restart doesn't help, you can uninstall and reinstall Windows Media Player 12 on your computer. You don't actually delete Windows Media Player 12 from your computer. You disable or enable it.

How to Uninstall Windows Media Player 12 in Windows 7

  1. Click the Start orb in Windows and type optionalfeatures.exe in the search box. Press the Enter key to continue.
  1. Scroll to the Media Features section. Expand it using the + icon next to it.
  2. Uncheck the Windows Media Player option in the list. A dialog box displays to tell you that Windows Media Center will also be removed. Click Yes followed by the OK button.
  3. Click the Restart Now button to reboot immediately or the Restart Later option if you want to reboot at another time.
  4. When Windows restarts, WMP 12 is completely removed. 

How to Reinstall Windows Media Player 12 on Windows 7

  1. Click the Start orb in Windows and type optionalfeatures.exe in the search box. Press the Enter key to continue.
  2. Scroll down the list until you see the Media Features section. Expand this using the + icon next to it. Check the boxes next to Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center. Click OK to continue.
  3. Restart Windows to complete the installation of WMP 12.

Windows Media Player 12 in Windows 8.1

  1. Go to the Control Panel.
  2. Click on Programs and Features.
  1. Click Turn Windows features on or off in the left panel. Wait for the screen to populate.
  2. Uncheck the box in front of Media Features and uncheck the box in front of Windows Media Player.
  3. Press OK. Confirm the change when asked to do so and restart your computer.

To reinstall Windows Media Player 12, repeat these steps but this time check the boxes in front of both Media Features and Windows Media Player and restart your computer.

Windows Media Player 12 in Windows 10

Most Windows 10 computers came with Windows Media Player installed, but a couple of builds didn't include it. If you don't have it, download the Media Feature Pack at Microsoft's website. The installation wizard walks you through the installation.

It is easy to uninstall and reinstall Windows Media Player 12 on Windows 10:

  1. Go to the Control Panel.
  2. Click on Programs
  3. Right-click on Windows Media Player 12 and click Uninstall.

Repeat the process but click Install to reinstall Windows Media Player 12.

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