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Windows Media Player?

I have a new Inspiron laptop (from Dell..) on which Windows 7 came pre-installed.  Is Windows Media Player no longer part of Windows 7?  If does not appear to be on my computer.

If not...I do have the Dell Stage thing.  Is there a way to play CD's that are not already downloaded to the hard drive?

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Re: Windows Media Player?

Hi Catdancer,

Welcome to the Dell Community,

Thank you for posting on Dell Community Forum, Please follow the below mentioned steps carefully, this should resolve the issue.

Start Windows Media Player

To start Windows Media Player, click the Start button , click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Player.

Please first access Clean Boot to check the issue. If the issue disappears in the Clean Boot environment, you can continue to narrow down which entry is causing the issue.

Please use the below mentioned link to perform a clean boot to check the issue.

If the issue persists, try uninstalling and then reinstalling Windows Media Player by the steps below.

  • Open Control Panel/Programs and Features.
  • Click "Turn Windows features on or off" in the left pane.
  • Expand "Media Features", uncheck "Windows Media Player". Click "Yes" to continue, and click OK to quit. Then Restart.
  • Note: If you turn off WMP, Windows Media Center will be turned off either. You may need to re-configure settings for Windows Media Center after re-enabling it.
  • Open "Turn Windows features on or off" again. Turn on the features "Windows Media Player" and "Windows Media Center". Restart.
  • Launch Windows Media Player, initialize the program.

Finally, you can also use the below mentioned link to Download and Install Windows Media Player for Windows 7.

Please reply to the post if you have any further queries.

Thanks & Regards


Dell Social Media Responder

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Re: Windows Media Player?

If the steps above don't work above for you, take note:

Some countries don't allow Microsoft to bundle Microsoft Internet Explorer or Microsoft Windows Media Player with Microsoft Windows 7...

These are the so called N or KN editions, for these see here and get the Media Feature Pack.

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads

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Re: Windows Media Player?

Well, this is nither an N or KN (I'm in the US).  The computer came with Windows 7 Home and Student. On the Microsoft site I upgraded to Home and Business.  Windows Media Player *does not* appear in "Programs".  I tried "clean boot"and it still did not appear. When I tried to download from the Microsoft site, I got an error message telling me it was not appropriat for my system to download it.  I checked both Home and Student and Home and Business..both state that Media Player should be part of the package.  So what do I do now?

(I have, by the way, multiple service warranties on this laptop ... and have tried without success to find a place where it is simple English, not legalese... what they cover. I think I'm covered for help from Dell to resolve this, but can't be sure...)

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