Fix the problem of Windows Media Player not working on Windows 10

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Has your Windows Media Player stopped working on Windows 10 or no longer plays MP4 and DVD files? Well, these are some of the common Windows Media Player problems reported by many Windows 10 users. However, the good news is that there are a couple of solutions to fix this type of problem. Let's see how.

Method 1: using the troubleshooter

Step 1: Click on Home button> search box> type Control Panel > click on the result.

Step 2: Control Panel > View with large icons> click on Troubleshooting.

Step 3: Troubleshooting window> on the left side of the panel, click See all.

Step 4: Next> scroll down> click Windows Media Player Library.

Step 5: Next window > click The next.

Step 6: Wait until it detects and finds a problem with Windows Media Player.

Step 7: If you encounter a problem> two options> Apply this fix Y Skip this solution> click on Apply this fix.

Step 8: Troubleshooting the error> shows the error found.

This should solve your problem. However, if the problem persists, try Method 2.

Method 2: using functions

Step 1: Follow step 1 of 1 method.

Step 2: Control Panel > select View by category> click on Programs.

Step 3: Next window> Programs and features> click on Enable or disable Windows features.

Step 4: Then scroll down> click capacitor positive (+) lead symbol next to Multimedia functions expand> deselect Windows Media Player > Yup.

Step 5: Restart your computer> repeat Step 1 to 3 pass as before. Enable or disable Windows features window> Multimedia functions > check Windows Media Player > click Yup to confirm.

Your Windows Media Player should play the videos now, if the problem persists follow Method 3.

Method 3: using the services

Step 1: Desk > click Home button> search box> type Services > click on the result.

Step 2: Services window> right side of the panel> below Your name > scroll down> double click Windows Media Player Network Sharing Services.

Step 3: Next window> general tab> To boot type> Disabled > To apply > ok.

This should fix the Windows Media Player problem and should play the videos normally now. In case it still doesn't work, go to the fourth method.

Method 4: using Codec Pack

Step 1: Open Google with > search media player codec package > click on the first result.

Step 2: On the web page> click download > wait for the download to complete.

Step 3: Double click on the file Prepare file to install the media player codec pack.

Now, follow the instructions to set up Media Codec Player Pack. Restart your computer and Windows Media Player should work correctly now.

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