How To Download & Install New Media Player for Windows 11

Microsoft had earlier released a new media player for Windows 11 Insiders, which replaced the Groove Music application and can play both audio and video files. The good news is that the same application can now be installed on Windows 11 Stable channel without having to join a beta testing program for the operating system.

Unfortunately, the method we are about to discuss does not apply to any version of Windows 10, since the app is designed for Windows 11 operating system.

Furthermore, to install the new Media Player on your PC, you must have Windows 11 Build version 22000.346 or higher. To check your OS build, type in winver in the Run dialog.

OS build through winver

Let us show you how to get the new Media Player on your Windows 11 PC in this post. Before we do, we’d like you to know that the new application is still in its “Preview” stage, which means it may still contain a few bugs, and maybe a while before Microsoft can make it a stable app.

How to Install New Media Player on Windows 11 Stable

Microsoft plans to replace the Groove Music app, as well as the legacy media player in Windows. However, only Groove Music is currently replaced, while the Media Player is available through Windows Tools after upgrading to the new Media Player.

Follow the given steps below to upgrade your Media Player to be more in tone with Windows 11, and benefit from the new features:

  1. Begin by opening the website.
  2. On the website, ensure that URL (link) is selected in the left-most drop-down menu, then paste the following link into the text field next to it.
  3. Now click on the drop-down menu to the right of the text field and select Fast. Then click the check box.
    enter URL
  4. From the generated list, click on the following to download the app’s installation package:
    click to download
  5. Your browser may consider the downloaded file malware, but we assure you that it is not and is safe to use. Click Keep to save the downloaded file.
  6. Now run the download package and click Update to install the new Media Player.

Once the installation is complete, which should only take a few seconds, the new Media Player will launch automatically.

New Media Player (Preview) installed

You can now begin using the app to play your favorite music and videos and create your playlists. You can learn about the new design and features of the app in our previous post.

You will notice that the Groove Music application is no longer available on your computer. This is because it has been upgraded to the new Media Player app, while the legacy Media Player can be used simultaneously with the new app.

Windows Media Player and new Media Player running simultaneously

Uninstall New Media Player

If you do not like the new Media Player on your PC, you can remove it. However, it will not bring back the Groove Music application. Instead, uninstalling the new Media Player app will only leave you with the legacy Windows Media Player.

If you still wish to proceed with the new application’s removal, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the following:
    Settings app >> Apps >> Apps & features
  2. Here, search for “Media” from the search bar, and then click the ellipses (3 dots) in front of “Media Player.”
  3. From the expanded menu, click Uninstall. Then click Uninstall again when asked for a confirmation.

The new Media Player will now be removed from your computer.

Closing Words

Since the new Media Player can now be installed on the stable Windows 11 channel, we believe Microsoft is ready to officially launch it soon. If they were, we would say it is a major upgrade, since the older applications are no longer in tone with Windows 11, and maybe the only antique apps left from the previous versions of the operating system.

Furthermore, the new app centralizes your videos and your audio in one place. You can install it on your Windows 11 PC using the guide given above, and let us know what you think of it in the comments section.

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