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Microsoft developed the Windows Media Player to play videos, audio and view pictures from computers that have the Windows operating system. The first version was offered to consumers in 1991; the latest – Windows Media Player 12 – was 2009, which coincided with the Windows 7 release.  It offered several features and support for varying video formats.

The Latest Version Of Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player 12 got its release when Windows 7 was released, and there’s nothing new despite newer OS versions being released – Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. This player isn’t supported on older Windows OS like Windows XP, Vista and more.

How Can You Update Your Windows Media Player?

Media Player is like other free software – it seems updates every now and then, and you can do them manually or have them done automatically. Regardless of what method you go with, you need to stay logged in as the “Admin” to update the Windows Media Player.

Going The Automatic Update Route

In order to do an automatic update, you need to start up Windows Media Player and go to library view. From there, you need to go to Select options. From that Options window, you need to hit the Player button. You should see automatic updates, and here you’ll choose the time interval you want the computer to update your player automatically.

Going The Manual Update Route

You’ll need to start up the Windows Media Player program, switching it to Library View. Hit the help button within the Menu bar and choose “Check for Updates.”

If you notice any media playback problems with Windows Media Player, you may need to delete and install the player. If you’ve upgraded from an older Windows version to the latest – Windows 10 – you can easily install the Media Player 12. Be sure you secure your computer by changing the privacy settings in Windows 10.