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Where is Windows Media Player in Windows 7?

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This article was originally published for www.prowareness.com and could be located at http://www.prowareness.com/blog/where-is-windows-media-player-in-windows-7/ 

 

Or to be a little more precise, “Where is Windows Media Player in Windows 7 Window 7 Enterprise N?

 

Story

With the advent of VLC media player, K Lite code pack, we forgot the existence of Windows Media Player. When you install multiple codec packs on a computer, there are ample chances that the encoding/decoding libraries of one codec packs might conflict with another codec pack and vie with each other to render a video format, they might even fail prompting you to download the recent version of blah, blah, and blah, and blah.. There comes a time when someone shares a video with you, edited/recorded by some software/device, and when you try to play it with all your fancy codecs, it wont play. This might be a rare case, one in half a million, or one in half a hundred, but it just wont play. You might also hear from friends and internet communities that particular video format was playable via Windows Media player, may be you think it’s the last resort and try looking for Windows Media Player on your Windows 7, it could be found nowhere.

 

Windows media player:

1. Would not appear in the Start menu search

2. Would not appear in Start –> All Programs –> Accessories –> Entertainment (wait, entertainment is not even an option)

3. Would not appear in C:\Program Files or in C:\Program Files (x86)

4. Would not appear if you search for ‘wmplayer.exe’

Out of curiosity, and after searching everywhere, you might think that Windows Media player is disabled from Control Panel –> Turn Windows features on or off

But you would not even see a Media Features option in Turn Windows features on or off dialog.

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Note: How to Reinstall Windows Media Player in Windows 7 to Solve Problems

Suddenly a bulb glows near your head, you go run and check your windows version with winver.exe. You see an unusual N as in

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Turns out that Windows 7 Enterprise N apparently means Windows 7 Enterprise Not with Media Features Winking smile

 

KB968211 states “The N edition and the KN edition of the Windows 7 operating system do not include Windows Media Player or other Windows Media-related technologies, such as Windows Media Center and Windows DVD Maker”.

Fix

1. Download Media Feature Pack for Windows 7 N with Service Pack 1 and Windows 7 KN with Service Pack 1 (KB968211).

2. Complete the installation, configure Windows Media Player. And, Enjoy Windows Media Player.

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Btw, after installing the Media Feature Pack for Windows 7 N, you could reinstall/uninstall Windows Media Features from Turn Windows features on or off dialog anytime.

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References:

1.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions#Special-purpose_editions

2.  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968211

3.  http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/7967abc0-b1fd-402e-86f3-79827d5f62c5/windows-7-enterpriseenterprise-n

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Written by gmaran23

August 29, 2013 at 11:31 am

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