How To Install Media Feature Pack In Windows 10 N/KN Version 2004

As with Windows 10 Version 1909 N/KN editions, Windows 10 Version 2004 also comes with a media feature pack pre-packaged into Windows as an optional feature. It can be installed easily using the method given below.

The Windows 10 N edition does not come with multimedia functionality due to European legal compliance. Similarly, the Windows 10 KN edition was released to comply with the laws of South Korea.

The following features will not work in any Windows 10 N or KN editions unless you install the media feature pack:

  • Windows Media Player
  • Windows Media Format (ASF) and other formats video and audio formats including MPEG, WMA, AAC, FLAC, ALAC, AMR, H264, H265 and Dolby digital audio codecs.
  • Play Windows Media DRM content
  • Share music, pictures or videos over the network
  • Groove Music
  • Voice recorder
  • Skype

If you need any of the above-mentioned features, you will need to install the Windows Media Feature pack first. We will show you how to install and uninstall the media feature pack and other missing multimedia functionality in Windows 10 N/KN editions.

Install Media Feature Pack in Windows 10 N/KN Version 2004

  1. Open the Windows Settings (Windows key +i) and navigate to Apps. Click on the Optional Features link under Apps & Features heading in the right-hand pane.
    Optional features in Windows 10 Version 2004
  2. Click on Add a feature button.
    Add a feature in Windows 10 Version 2004
  3. Search for “media” in the search field. This will show two components: Media Feature Pack and Windows Media Player.
    Search for media in optional features
  4. Check both the Media Feature Pack and Windows Media Player and click on the Install button.
    Install Media Feature Pack and Windows Media Player

If you get the install failed error while installing the media feature pack, make sure your computer has access to the Internet as Windows will need to connect to the Internet to download the media feature pack and windows media player.

A system restart is required after installing the media feature pack. Otherwise, the multimedia components may not work correctly.

Install codecs and other multimedia functionality

After installing the media feature pack, it’s good to install all the other functionality missing from Windows 10 Version 2004 N/KN editions. Here are the links from Microsoft Store:

VP9 Video Extensions
VP9 Video Extensions
Developer: ‪Microsoft Corporation‬
Price: Free
Movies & TV
Movies & TV
Developer: ‪Microsoft Corporation‬
Price: Free
Windows Voice Recorder
Windows Voice Recorder
Developer: ‪Microsoft Corporation‬
Price: Free
Groove Music
Groove Music
Developer: ‪Microsoft Corporation‬
Price: Free
Skype
Skype
Developer: ‪Skype‬
Price: Free
Web Media Extensions
Web Media Extensions
Developer: ‪Microsoft Corporation‬
Price: Free
HEIF Image Extensions
HEIF Image Extensions
Developer: ‪Microsoft Corporation‬
Price: Free

Uninstall Media Feature Pack from Windows 10

Removing Media Feature Pack from Windows 10 is very similar to the installation. Here are the steps involved:

  1. Go to Windows Settings –> Apps.
  2. Under Apps & Features, click on Optional features
  3. You will see the Media Feature Pack in the list of installed optional features
  4. Click on the item and the Uninstall option will appear.
  5. Click on the Uninstall button to completely remove the Media Feature Pack from Windows 10.

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