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7 years since its last version was released in 2009, Windows Media Player is still stuck at WMP 12. Yes, 3 Windows operating system update after, and Windows Media Player is still the same one that was rolled out on July 22, 2009 along with Windows 7.

You would think the media player would have received updates, since it was not available for previous versions of Windows, making it a new feature in Windows 7. But it seems it will be one of Windows 7’s best features and nothing more. It would have been nice if a new version of WMP comes out in concurrence with the release of Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. The player itself gets updated, patched and improved constantly, but no other version is looming on the horizon.

But even if the media player stayed the same for the last 7 years, it remains one of world’s most recognized media centers, known for its complexity and range of features that are surprisingly easy to use. It doesn’t take a genius to learn how to master its controls and use its visualizations to their full potential.

As an all-around tool for playing music and video files, WMP 12 allows users to crop and flip audio and video files, which is one of its defining features. Users can also extract video and music from iTunes, so it can be played on Windows Media Player. A few conversions here and there and voila!

It also comes with a nifty tool that lets you create a playlist and play music and videos with ease, creating a much more enjoyable. Being able to sync media files across all devices, also make WMP 12 an amazing media player.

Moreover, it supports a huge number of file formats. It adds native support for video formats of H.264 and MPEG-4 Part 2, audio formats of ALAC, AAC, and container formats of 3GP, MP4 and MOV. It can also play AVCHD formats.

On Windows 10, WMP 12 was enhanced to support other formats, such as Matroska container format and the SubRip subtitle format. This probably explains why Microsoft doesn’t feel the need to create a Windows Media Player 13. If WMP 12 can handle existing file formats, it will remain indispensable.

Windows Media Player 12 is bundled with Windows 10. But if you need to download it separately, check out the tips below.

  1. Make sure your device has room for the media player, which will require a space of less than 10 MB.
  2. Visit the Windows 10 download website.
  3. Run a search for Windows Media Player 12, and click on the designated link.
  4. Choose a download file that is compatible with your operating system, whether it’s 32-bit or 64-bit.
  5. Wait for download to complete, and then double-click on the downloaded file.
  6. Follow the on-screen installation instructions until it’s completely installed.

Windows Media Player 12 is a freeware from Microsoft, so if you find yourself on a website or download site that is asking you to pay even the tiniest amount, opt out of it.

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