How to Reinstall Windows Media Player in Windows 7, 8, or 10 to Solve Problems

If you’re having problems with media playback on your Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 PC using Windows Media Player, or even using other applications like Media Monkey, you might need to reinstall Windows Media Player. But how?

Reader Ted wrote in with this tip, which solved his problem of playing ripped music files in either Windows Media Player or Media Monkey.

Step 1: Uninstall Windows Media Player

Open up Control Panel and type “windows features” into the search box, and then click on Turn Windows features on or off.

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Go down to Media Features –> Windows Media Player

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Step 2: Reboot

That is all.

Step 3: Turn Windows Media Player Back On

Head back into Windows Features on or off, and check the box again.

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At this point hopefully your problem should be solved.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/19/10
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