You have probably heard about special N and KN editions of Windows 10. These are editions that don't include Windows Media Player and its related features, including Store apps like Music, Video, Voice Recorder. Users who need to get these apps and features installed should do this manually.
Some recent features that rely on Windows Media components are not included in Windows 10 N. This includes Windows Mixed Reality, Cortana, Windows Hello, Game DVR, and PDF viewing in the Microsoft Edge browser. Also, the Media Feature Pack for N versions of Windows 10 is incompatible with Windows Mixed Reality. Users who want to use Windows Mixed Reality must install a non-N version of Windows 10.
You might want to get them installed if you are running an "N" edition of Windows 10. Here's how it can be done.
Note: You need to sign in as Administrator to be able to install Media Feature Pack.
To Get Media Feature Pack for N Editions of Windows 10, do the following.
- Click on the following link to download Media Feature Pack for your Windows 10 N version.
- On the Microsoft website, select your Windows version, and click Confirm.
- If prompted, select your language in the drop down list.
- Select the 32-bit or 64-bit package, same as the 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10 version you have installed.
- Save the MSU file on your hard drive.
- Install the MSU file.
You are done.
Once you have installed the Media Feature Pack, there are additional apps that can be installed from the Store to regain fuller Windows 10 functionality. Such apps include (but are not limited to):
- Media codecs for playback of media in apps and in the browser:
- Movies & TV
- Groove Music
- Xbox Gaming Overlay
- Voice Recorder
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