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.
As you may remember, Windows 7 is reaching its end of life in less than a year. Microsoft has started retiring services and features related to this OS. One of them is a service that allows fetching metadata for music, films, and TV shows. The service will no longer be available in Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center apps for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users.
Windows Media Player (WMP) is the default audio and video player app in all Windows versions. Even in Windows 10, where it is not associatiated with media files any more because of UWP Groove Music and Video apps, WMP is still available. In certain Windows versions, Windows Media Player adds a special context menu command, 'Shop for music online'. Here is how to remove it.
Microsoft is known for removing classic Desktop apps and replacing them with modern Store equivalents. Windows 10 already offers a modern version of Calculator instead of the classic app. The Photos app in Windows 10 also replaced the good old Windows Photo Viewer and Photo Gallery apps. Many other apps from the Windows Essentials suite were discontinued in favor of their UWP counterparts. Windows Media Player is the next app on the deathbed.
As you may already know, Windows Media Player 12 becomes an optional feature with recent updates to the final version of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The app gets removed automatically, so you might want to restore it back in the OS. In this article, we will see how it can be done.
As you may already know, Windows 10 Build 16299 is the final version of Fall Creators Update. The OS has received a number of cumulative updates after this build. The latest one as of this writing raises its version to 16299.15. A new update package KB4046355, released for this build, is removing Windows Media Player.