With Windows 11, Microsoft replaced the Groove Music app with a new app called Media Player. The Media Player app helps you listen and watch multimedia content on your PC.
The new Media Player app is the default audio and video player in Windows 11. The app comes with a 9-band equalizer so that you can adjust how the music and video sound.
While the Media Player app is stable, you might encounter issues at times. If you have problems with it, you can consider resetting, repairing, or reinstalling it. This guide shows you how to reinstall, reset and repair the Media Player app in Windows 11.
It’s worth noting that Media Player and Windows Media Player are two different software. While Media Player is a new app, the Windows Media Player is the classic audio and video player. This guide applies only to the latest Media Player app.
Reinstall the Media Player app in Windows 11
Step 1: Open the Settings app. Go to Apps > Installed apps page.
Step 2: Look for the Media Player entry. Click on the three dots icon next to its entry and then click the Uninstall option.
Step 3: Click on the Uninstall button when you get the confirmation prompt to uninstall and remove the Media Player app from your Windows 11 installation.
Step 4: Once the Media Player app is removed, open the Store app.
Step 5: Search for Media Player or Windows Media Player (the Media Player app is titled Windows Media Player in the Store) and click on the search result entry to open the Media Player page. Click on the Get/Install button to install the app. This completes Media Player reinstallation.
NOTE: There are many apps in the Store with Media Player names. Be sure to install the correct one. The official Media Player app is titled Windows Media Player in the Store. Make sure that the developer is Microsoft Corporation before installing it.
Reset the Media Player app in Windows 11
Step 1: Go to Windows 11 Settings > Apps > Installed apps.
Step 2: Find the Media Player entry. Click the three dots next to the entry and then click Advanced options.
Step 3: Scroll down the page to see the Reset section. Click on the Reset button to reset Media Player.
Repair the Media Player app in Windows 11
Step 1: Navigate to Settings > Apps > Installed apps.
Step 2: Click on the three dots icon next to the Media Player entry and click Advanced options.
Step 3: In the Reset section, click the Repair button to repair the Media Player app.
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