How do I open Windows Media Player and determine its version?

Windows Media PlayerFollowing are steps to open Windows Media Player in Microsoft Windows.

  1. Click Start
  2. From the Start menu click Programs.
  3. Within Programs you should see a shortcut for Windows Media Player.


  1. Click the Windows Media Player icon ( Picture of Windows Media Player icon. ) in the Quick Launch portion of the Windows Taskbar.

Once Windows Media player is open you can determine what version you have installed on your computer by following the steps below.

  1. Click Help in the top menu. If you do not see the File, View, Play, Tools, Help menu at the top of the Windows Media Player press the Alt key and then click Help.
  2. Under Help click About Windows Media Player. This window displays the current version of Windows Media Player.

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