One of the most popular apps that Microsoft dropped in favor of Universal Windows Platform apps is Windows Media Player. WMP was Windows 7’s default video and audio player, allowing users to make CDs, build playlists, and organize their music and videos.

The Movies & TV app and the Groove music app both lack the majority of the capabilities found in Windows Media Player. The Windows Media Player app’s only flaw is that it can’t play all sorts of files, such as MKV files.

How To Fix Windows Media Player Not Showing Video

Windows Media Video Not Showing

It could be a problem with the app or the video file itself if you’re using Windows Media Player and it won’t display you any video playback.

Here are a few options for troubleshooting the issue.

1. Check the video file

In Windows Media Player, video files in media containers are frequently difficult to play successfully. Check to see if the file works in other media players, such as the Movies and TV app or VLC.

The problem could be with Windows Media Player if the video plays in other players.

Try playing a different file in the program that is in a compatible file format, such as an MP4 file in Windows Media Player and the Movies & TV app. If the file won’t play with Windows Media Player, it’s most likely a problem with the app.

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2. Enable Now Playing

Users can choose from three various media playback perspectives in Windows Media Player: skin view, presently playing view, and library view. It’s conceivable that you’re viewing the video in Library mode, which hides the video.

  1. Play your video in Windows Media Player.
  2. Once the video is playing, tap the Ctrl+3 keyboard shortcut to enable Now Playing.

Note: In Windows Media Player, the View menu on the menu bar can be used to alter the view mode. To bring up the menu bar, use the Alt key.

How To Fix Windows Media Player Not Showing Video

3. Uninstall and reinstall Windows Media Player

If activating Now Playing still doesn’t get the video to play, it’s possible that the Windows Media Player is malfunctioning. Remove the app from your device and reinstall it.

  1. Open the Settings app (Win+I keyboard shortcut).
  2. Go to Apps.
  3. Click Optional Features.
  4. Under Installed Features, select Windows Media Player.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How To Fix Windows Media Player Not Showing Video

  1. Once uninstalled, restart the system.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Go to Apps>Optional features.
  4. Click ‘Add a feature’.
  5. Enter Windows Media Player in the search bar.
  6. Select it, and click Install.

4. Use other media players

Windows Media Player is no longer supported. It is compatible with Windows 10, however it will not receive updates. It’s understandable that it won’t operate smoothly on Windows 10 at some point. Use a different player, such as the stock Movies & TV app or VLC.

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Conclusion

There are some extremely cool features in Windows Media Player that you won’t find in many other media players. If you’re seeking for functionality and a user interface that’s not too difficult to understand, VLC is the only program that comes close. It’s no surprise that consumers still adore this software and will go to great lengths to keep using it.