How to Uninstall, Reinstall, and Repair Windows Media Player 12 in Windows 7
It is not hard to get problems in Windows Media Player. There are several reasons for it, such as installing third party Media Players, DVD Players on your Windows 7 PC, that associate the file associations, install their own codec etc.
Most of these third party media players try to associate media files to themselves, and finally you end up with messed file associations for playing the audio and video files. Moreover, the damage is extensive when codecs get messed up, often making playing videos with no audio, and in worst scenarios no video too! The best solution? Repair WMP 12.
Uninstall Windows Media Player 12
Note that uninstalling Windows Media Player 12 also disables Windows Media Center, as it uses WMP12 for its operation.
1. Click “Start” button, type “windows features” in the program search box and hit enter.
2. In the “Windows Features” dialog box, look for “Media Features” and expand it.
3. Clear “Windows Media Player” check box.
4. As soon as you clear the check box, you will see a pop-up saying that “The following Windows features will also be turned off because they are dependent on Windows Media Player.” The listed program is “Windows Media Center”.
Go ahead and click “Yes”.
Windows will now begin uninstalling WMP12.
You have to restart Windows.
Reinstall Windows Media Player 12 and Windows Media Center
Follow step 1 and 2 from same as above.
3. Check boxes “Windows Media Player” and “Windows Media Center”.
4. Click “OK”.
Windows will take some time in reinstalling them. Wait for the process to finish.
Fix Windows Media Player Problems with Microsoft Fixit tool
Download Windows Media Player Diagnostic tool via Microsoft Fixit. This is a portable tool that can be run offline. Run the downloaded executable, make sure to run as administrator. Follow on-screen instructions. You can make a new folder in C drive named “Microsoft Fixit”, to save the tool. Click “Save” button.
The tool will download and save the portable tool of around 40MB in size in the specified folder. After download is complete, click on “Finish” button. Open the folder where you saved the file, it should be named “Launch Fix it”.
From the list of fixes, click on the “Run Now” button against “Fix Windows Media Player video, and other media or library issues”.
Follow the on-screen instructions to get the WMP fixed.