Windows Media Player 12

Designed by media lovers, for media lovers. Windows Media Player 12—available as part of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10*—plays more music and video than ever, including Flip Video and unprotected songs from your iTunes library! Organize your digital media collection, sync digital media files to a portable device, shop online for digital media content, and more—with Windows Media Player 12.

Streamlined playback modes

The Now Playing mode is a study in minimalism: It shows only the controls you need, so nothing comes between you and your music or video. A new taskbar thumbnail with playback controls makes previewing easier and fun.

Plays more media in more places

Windows Media Player 12 has built-in support for many popular audio and video formats. Sync music, videos, and photos or stream media to your devices so you can enjoy your library anywhere, at home or on the road.

Picture of Now Playing mode


  • Windows Media Player isn't available for Windows RT 8.1.

* Windows Media Player 12 is included in clean installs of Windows 10 as well as upgrades to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. DVD playback isn't included in Windows 10 or Windows 8.1. Go to the DVD playback for Windows page to find out how to add DVD playback.

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Check out available versions to work with your devices.

Find help for your version of the Player.

Customize Windows Media Player with audio and visual add‑ons.

Get to know the latest features in Windows 10.