Microsoft Windows Media Player 2022

Version12(as of 7/14/2023)
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Main Features

  • Windows 11's default audio player
  • Plays most audio and video files
  • Allows you to organize your music and video libraries
  • Allows you to create and manage playlists

Software Overview

Screenshot of Microsoft Windows Media Player 2022
Screenshot of Microsoft Windows Media Player 2022

The 2022 version of Microsoft Windows Media Player is Windows 11's default audio player, replacing Microsoft Groove Music. Windows Media Player 2022 can also play video files, making it an alternative to Microsoft Movies & TV and a complete replacement for the original version of Windows Media Player. In 2023, Microsoft also added Windows Media Player 2022 to Windows 10.

Windows Media Player 2022 is streamlined and, for those who just want to play a single audio or video file, easier to use than Groove Music and Movies & TV. While Groove Music and Movies & TV required you to navigate multiple menus to find and open files, Windows Media Player 2022 allows you to open any media file directly from its Home menu, via a straightforward Open file(s) button.

However, the app also retains Groove Music's best features: the ability to organize your music library and easily create and play playlists. In fact, because Windows Media Player 2022 can play both audio and video files, you can now add videos to your playlists.


Windows Media Player 2022 is a streamlined, back-to-basics media player that lets you easily open and play most audio and video files, as well as organize your media libraries and create playlists. For those who were never interested in Groove Music's streaming features, and preferred the simplicity of the original Windows Media Player, the new Media Player is a big upgrade. It retains Groove's modern user interface and most-essential features, while being easier to navigate and use.

Primary File Type

mp3 icon.MP3MP3 Audio

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.MP3MP3 Audio
.3G23GPP2 Multimedia File
.3GP3GPP Multimedia File
.3GP23GPP Multimedia File
.3GPP3GPP Media File
.AACAdvanced Audio Coding File
.AC3Audio Codec 3 File
.ADTADTS Audio File
.ADTSAudio Data Transport Stream File
.AMRAdaptive Multi-Rate Codec File
.ASFAdvanced Systems Format File
.AVIAudio Video Interleave File
.FLACFree Lossless Audio Codec File
.M2TSBlu-ray BDAV Video File
.M4AMPEG-4 Audio
.M4ViTunes Video File
.MKAMatroska Audio
.MKVMatroska Video
.MOVApple QuickTime Movie
.MP4MPEG-4 Video
.OGAOgg Vorbis Audio File
.OGGOgg Vorbis Audio
.OGVOgg Video
.OPUSOpus Audio
.WEBMWebM Video
.WMAWindows Media Audio
.WMVWindows Media Video
Updated 7/14/2023