Windows Media Player won’t open on Windows 10/8/7

At times, you may find that your Windows Media Player does not open or work, or that it cannot play MP4 or DVDs or rip CD/Media. You could face other symptoms like – nothing happens upon clicking the icon for the player, or upon forcing it to open, the interface doesn’t appear, a blue circle keeps circling signifying it’s loading, and so on. Windows Media Player won't open

Windows Media Player, the default media player for Windows has always been the preferred choice for streaming media, because it comes pre-installed with the Windows operating system and supports most media file formats. It has almost every function, other major media players have – like creating playlists, etc.

Windows Media Player won’t open

But if your Windows Media Player will not open or work then perhaps some of these suggestions on how to fix the problem may help you.

1] Run built-in WMP Troubleshooters

You can the Run the built-in WMP Troubleshooters. Run Windows Media Player Settings, Windows Media Player Library, and Windows Media Player DVD Troubleshooters and see if they help you fix your problem.

2] Re-register these DLL files

To re-register DLL files, open Command Prompt (Admin) by pressing Win+X and run the following commands:

regsvr32 vbscript.dll
regsvr32 jscript.dll
regsvr32 wmp.dll

Press Enter after each command, and once done, restart the system.

3] Use Fix WMP Utility

Use our freeware Fix WMP Utility for Windows. This freeware portable app re-registers all the concerned Windows Media DLL files required for the smooth functioning of Windows Media Player.

4] Delete the Window Media Player library

A user facing a similar issue suggested that deleting the Media Library externally, without opening WMP, helped.

5] Uninstall and re-install Windows Media Player

If nothing helps, you can uninstall and reinstall Windows Media Player via Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features On or Off.

In the list, which is in alphabetical order, expand the option Media Feature. Uncheck the box next to Windows Media Player. Restart the system. Turn Windows features ON or OFF

Once the system restarts, to re-install Windows Media Player, check the same box we unchecked in the previous step, click OK and restart the PC once the process is complete.

Please let us know if any of our suggestions helped you.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.