Posted August 20, 2012 – 7:00 pm in: Windows 8 Guides
As you all know, Windows 8 is available in four different editions: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise, and Windows 8 RT. While the RT is designed for tablets running ARM processors, other three editions are for desktops and laptops.
All editions of Windows 8 designed for desktop and laptops also available in N and KN versions. Users who have been running Windows 8 N or KN versions must be knowing that both these editions don’t ship with Windows Media Player for obvious reasons.
If you are one of those users who believe that Windows Media Player is one of the better players available for Windows and want to install the same in Windows 8, you need to download the Media Feature Pack for N and KN versions.
The Media Feature Pack installs Windows Media Player and related technologies on a computer running N or KN editions. As some of you know, none of Windows 8 editions come with Windows Media Center and users need to purchase the Media Center add-on to experience the feature. Please note that Media Center add-in is available only for Windows 8 Pro edition users and can’t be installed in the base Windows 8 edition.
Please note that separate Media Feature Pack installers are available for 32-bit and 64-bit versions. So, make sure that you download and install the right Media Feature Pack. Once installed and running, check out how to customize Windows Media Player by changing the default library background picture.
Users running editions other than N or KN don’t need to and have to install the Feature Pack. Trying to install on an edition other N or KN will give you “This update is not applicable to this computer” error.
Tags: Windows 8, Windows Media Player
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