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Can't Find Windows Media Player Download For Windows 7

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After I updated my Windows 7 desktop PC with a batch of Microsoft updates, Windows Media Player would no longer play MP3 files.

I've tried to locate a website where I could download anew and try again. The Microsoft website that comes up when do a Google search leads me to a download page for Windows 7 N and Windows 7KN (whatever the heck they are). Efforts to find another website for simple Windows 7 have had me looking everywhere for hours.

Does anyone know where I can get a copy of Windows Media Player that works?  Maybe I should drop back to Version 11.

The current version of Windows Media Player is 12.

Can anyone help me here?
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Question by:gbmcneil
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On another note have you ever looked at VLC. It plays almost everything out of the box
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html
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The media player is part of the OS, you don't download it from a site and install that. You can remove it via the control panel, programs and features, turn windows features on or off, and you can install it again the same way (it is under the section "Media Features").

But I suggest you try opening the media player from another user account, it is very likely there is some corruption in your account that prevents it from running, so removing and adding the player will probably not have any effect.
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by:gbmcneil
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Hello Michael74 and Rindi -

I wrote a detailed response to you two fellows thanking you and pointing out that I had found the solution to my problem. Somehow that response disappeared. This is the second time this has happened.

In any event, I went to Control Panel. Then Sound. Then I selected the sound device that had a green check mark next to it. Then at the dialog that appeared I clicked on Enhancements. Finally, I checked the option box that said "Disable all enhancements". This did the trick.

I did not even have to reboot. So, the solution was not to re-download, but tweak the Windows Media Player Version (12) I already had.

Thanks for your help. I wish that I could give both of you the grand prize because your comments were very helpful.
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