How to Download and Install Windows 11 Media Player App

Windows Media Player is available in almost all versions of Windows 11 by default and just needs to be installed (As of now, Dev Channel Only). The player is not available in Windows N and NK editions, as these editions are intended for use in Europe and the commission forced Microsoft to exclude this player. Alternatively, the Media Player can be downloaded from the official Microsoft website. In this guide, we will discuss how you can download the latest version of Media Player for Windows 11, and how you can install it without downloading since it is already in the system.

Windows 11 Media Player App

Download Windows 11 Media Player App

It is currently available on the Windows 11 22471 or higher build.

Open the Microsoft Store app on your Windows 11 PC

Now click on the Library icon.

You will see an update for Groove Music under Updates & Download.

Now download and update the Groove Music app.

That’s it; you will see the welcome screen of the New Media Player app.

Note: Microsoft has released a new Media Player app for Windows 11 Insiders enrolled in the Dev channel. The app carries version number 11.2110.34.0 and it requires Windows 11 build 22471 or newer to install. Also, the new Media Player app is a replacement for the Groove Music app. As of now, non-Insiders can’t sideload the new Media Player app since it requires version 22471 or higher to run.

Update January 5: The Media Player is now rolling out to non-Insiders also. If your PC is running Windows 11 Build 22000.346 or newer then you can install the app manually or from the Microsoft store.

Steps to Install Windows Media Player on Windows 11

You need to press the Win + I key combination to open the setting app.

On the Settings page click on Apps.

On the right panel choose Optional features.

A list of all installed Optional features will be shown; check out if Windows Media Player is there (Use the search bar)

If you see the Windows Media Player app in the list then open the app from the Start menu.

If the Media Player app is not listed then click on View features from Add an optional feature.

In the search box type “Windows Media Player”.

Select the Media Player and click on the Next button.

Choose the Media Player

Finally, click on the Install option.

The new Windows 11 Media Player app comes with full support for browsing, managing, and local video collection. Your music and video folders on your PC will be automatically shown in your library. The app is also optimized for accessibility. It comes with an improved keyboard shortcut and access key support for keyboard users. We can experience dedicated music playback (in both the full screen and mini-player) with rich album art and artist imagery.

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