Windows Media Player is a useful program that comes bundled with your Windows System.

In most instances you don't have to install a separate media player to play your media files as it supports popular video formats like MP4 and audio formats like MP3. You could also play DVDs and rip CDs, not to mention creating playlists.

But then Windows Media player is prone to acting up rendering it unable to play your media files in some instances.

Here are the suggested solutions if you’re wondering why your Windows Media Player is not working. They are very similar for all versions of Windows even if the Windows 10 is specifically mentioned.


Windows Media Player not working on Windows 10: Windows Media Player Troubleshooter

In this instance when you click the Windows Media Player icon to launch the program, the program fails to open.

This may happen even if you’ve successfully launched the program on a previous occasion.

The blue circle keep moving indicating that it is loading and will launch soon. You wait but it doesn't show any signs of opening.

You may fix this issue by running the Windows Media Player troubleshooter.

To do this In WIndows 10, press the Windows key together with the X key.

Select Control Panel as the next step. In the search bar, type troubleshooting

Click on view all on the left navigation plane.

Finally, click on Windows Media Player settings and go on to click on Advanced and run the troubleshooter as administrator.

Finally, click on Next and proceed with the onscreen instructions.


Uninstall and Reinstall Windows Media Player

This understandably is quite a hassle. However, if you’re determined to get your Windows Media Player working, you ought to give it a go.

With this step you uninstall Windows Media Player and reinstall it.

You do this by using the Turn Windows Features On or Off.  

Here are the steps to follow.

You need to access the control panel as explained in the previous solution.

The next step is to click on Programs and then select Turn Windows features on or off.

You’ve to proceed with administrator permission that might require a login password.

A list of Windows features will be displayed. Click on Media to expand its features.

Uncheck the box next to Windows Media Player before restarting your computer.

After restarting your system, follow the same steps above to reinstall Windows. This time, tick the box next to WIndows Media Player and restart your computer.


Windows Media Player Not Working: Re-Register DLL Files

If the above solutions don't fix the problem, try to re-register the dll files associated with Windows Media Player.

Here's how you go about it:

Click Start on Windows and in the Start search box type cmd.

Then right click cmd.exe and run the application as administrator.

When the command prompt appears type the following commands. Press Enter after typing each command.

regsvr32 vbscript.dll

regsvr32  jscript.dll

regsvr32  wmp.dll


Windows Media Player Not Working: System Restore

There might have been some changes to your Windows system caused by a recent update.

By using the System Restore fix you could bring your system back to the point when Windows Media Player was working fine.

You don't have to worry about losing precious files like images, documents or other data on performing a system restore.

Rest assured that the process will not affect any files created after the restore point you're seeking to bring your system back to.

Here are the steps.

Click Start and type system restore into the search box and hit Enter.

When the results are displayed, choose System Restore. Enter administrator password if you're prompted to do so.

From this point on, follow the onscreen instructions provided by the System Restore Wizard.

You should be able to bring your system back to the point when Windows Media Player was working fine.


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