It is already known that the upcoming Windows 10 update will get rid of some of the oldest programs, such as Paint. However, it appears that the list might be longer than we suspected. Windows Insider members are already testing the Creators Update, and after they received the KB4046355 version, they discovered that Windows Media Player was 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,” one of the users reported.
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.
It is possible to install Windows Media Player again
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, but there is a way to get it on your computer once again.
Here is what you have to do:
- Go to the Settings app.
- Open Apps – Apps & features and then select “manage optional features”
- One you are there, select the “Add a feature” option.
- Scroll down all the way to the bottom of the screen and you should find Windows Media Player.
- The program will be listed as an optional feature. Select it and then click the install button.
- 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.