It’s safe to say that Windows Media Player 12 is one of the most popular programs on Windows 10. It plays music, it shows you videos, and can help you keep all of your media organized. You can even use it to burn copies of your files to discs to make sure that you have a backup copy of all of your favorite videos. It does everything that your television and stereo can do for you, and it’s much easier to keep a library of files organized than it is to keep an entire case full of physical DVDs and CDs neat and tidy.
It’s not too hard to get started with Windows Media Player 12. It might take a little while to get everything set up exactly the way that you like it, but it’s certainly quicker and easier than setting up an entire media center in your living room.
Getting the Program
Your computer probably came with Windows Media Player installed and ready to use. If it didn’t, or if you had to delete it, you can get it through a Windows Media Player download. Simply open your start menu, search for “windows features” and open it. This should bring up a list of features that you can toggle on and off. Find Windows Media Player in the list, turn it off, and reboot your computer. Open the list again, and toggle it back on to begin the Windows Media Player download. You can also download the program from a variety of third party websites, but setting it up from there takes a little more skill and you should use it as a last resort.
There have been a lot of other versions of Windows Media Player over the years. Version 12 has a lot in common with the older versions, but it adds plenty of new features that make it worth the upgrade.
There are two big features that make this version stand out from the others. It can handle a lot of file formats that the older programs couldn’t, which makes it much easier for you to play any video that you could ever want to view without having to tinker with your settings or download any support programs. It also features more support for networking and streaming. You can use the new features to stream video from your computer to your friend, or to receive videos from them. You don’t need to worry about uploading the content for your friends to download or burning a disc for them unless you want to give them a more permanent file.
There were also a few changes to the interface. Most of the changes were fairly superficial, so you should not have any trouble using the new version if you have any experience with the old ones. That having been said, there have been some changes to the Now Playing and library features. The new version separates them into two completely different lists that you can switch between whenever you like.
It’s fairly easy to customize the appearance of Windows Media Player 12 with new skins. The program ships with several options, but you can also find new skins to download all over the Internet. Microsoft even wrote a guide for making new skins, in case you can’t find one that you like.
Once you have downloaded or created a skin file, you need to import it to Windows Media Player. Find the file, click on it, and select “View Now” to view it in your media player. Once Windows Media Player is open, click on “View” and then “Skin Chooser” bring up a list of skins that you can apply to the program. Choose the skin that you want to use and then press the apply button to start using it.
You can also customize the some parts of the interface. The most useful option is probably the navigation window that lets you sort through all of your media files. You can change which categories show up in the navigation pane by going to Album, and then clicking on “Customize Navigation Pane.” That should bring up a checklist full of categories. Simply select the categories that you want to use and then press “OK” to save your choices. If you make a mistake, you can also reset the navigation pane to the default settings from this window.
Windows Media Player is versatile and customizable, but it’s also very easy to use. All that you need to do to play music or videos is open the file, and then the program will do the rest. You can also select media to play from your library, which is often easier than finding it on your desktop.
The most difficult process is burning a disc, and even that is fairly easy. Start by inserting a blank disc into your computer. This should bring up a list of options. Select Windows Media Player to open the program up to the burn list. Drag files from your library to the burn list to select them. You can open up the burn options page at this point if you want to adjust them, but the default settings will usually be fine. You can also name the disc. Once everything is ready, click on the “Start Burn” button and wait for the process to finish.