I decided to reinstall Media Player in Vista [this way], so I figured I should turn it off as a Windows feature. But when I continue with the procedure, I get an incomplete list of features, here's an image:

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I looked around a bit, wondering if that is only an option available in 7, and I have seen people saying different things. So, is this only available for 7 or is there something wrong going on here? Can I make Media Player to show up in here?

I am on a Toshiba Satellite A100 with Vista Home Premium OEM. I don't have my recovery disks or any restore point.

Just to mention, I currently do have Media Player and it's working fine.

Sorry if I can't think of any more details to add, please ask me for anything I should have included.


Turning media features off

That's the expected behavior, because Windows Media Player couldn't be turned off until Windows 7 entered the Release Candidate (RC) phase. Quoting the Engineering Windows 7 blog (emphasis mine):

In Windows 7 we are expanding the number of features you have control over [...], giving customers more control, flexibility and choice in managing the features available in this version of Windows. In addition to the features that were already available to turn on or off in Windows Vista, we've added the following features to the list in Windows 7:

  • Windows Media Player
  • Windows Media Center
  • Windows DVD Maker
  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Windows Search
  • Handwriting Recognition (through the Tablet PC Components option)
  • Windows Gadget Platform
  • Fax and Scan
  • XPS Viewer and Services (including the Virtual Print Driver)

Source: Beta to RC Changes – Turning Windows Features On or Off

Troubleshooting Windows Media Player issues

While reinstalling is not possible, you can still try to fix what's broken. Here are generic articles that might be useful:

You can find similar articles by using these keywords in a search engine:

vista media player kbtshoot site:microsoft.com

If you have a specific problem, refine the search query to get more relevant results.

  • Thanks... I guess this says it all. This could perhaps be a whole new thread of its own but, is there therefore no way to reinstall MP on Vista? – arsaKasra May 26 '14 at 22:02
  • @arsaKasra Being a built-in program you can't uninstall/reinstall it though the usual means, nor you can turn it off and then back on the way you would in Windows 7. I've edited my answer to provide some additional troubleshooting information, but if Windows Media Player it's working fine there's no need to do anything. – and31415 May 27 '14 at 10:50

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