How to uninstall or reinstall Windows Media Player

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

The Windows Media Player logo.With the popularity of streaming media, e.g. Spotify and Netflix, traditional media software has lost some of its popularity. If you're having trouble deciding whether or not you want to keep Windows Media Player, the following sections will show you how to uninstall or reinstall it.

Disable or uninstall Windows Media Player

  1. Press the Windows key, type Control Panel, and then press Enter.
  2. Under the Programs section, click Uninstall a program.

The option to uninstall a program in Windows.

  1. On the left side of the screen, click Turn Windows features on or off.

The link to turn Windows features on or off.

  1. Scroll down to and expand the Media Features folder, then uncheck the box next to Windows Media Player.

The check box that allows users to uninstall Windows Media Player.

  1. On the prompt that appears, click The Yes button in Windows 10. and then The Ok button in Windows 10..

Re-enable or reinstall Windows Media Player

If you have previously uninstalled Windows Media Player, you can reinstall it.

  1. Repeat steps 1-3 in the previous section.
  2. In step four, check the box next to Windows Media Player, and then click The Okay button in Windows 10..

The check box that allows users to uninstall Windows Media Player.

  1. Once the installation finishes, click the The Close button in Windows 10. button.