How to Update Windows Video Player

By Nathan McGinty

The default windows video player is the one that comes bundled with the system, Windows Media Player. The latest version is Windows Media Player 11 for Vista which contains a number of features to enhance the viewing and listening experience for the user. In addition, since the introduction of Windows Media Player 9 for XP, Microsoft has included an update feature that allows the user to update the player either manually or automatically.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Windows Media Player

Step 1

Start the Windows Media Player. There are a few different ways to do this, depending on your system's configuration. Look for a shortcut to the Windows Media Player. It will have a triangle shape, similar to a "Play" button on it. Hovering the mouse over the icon will flash the name of the program that the icon is s shortcut for, allowing you to see that you're launching the right program. There may also be a shortcut to the Media Player in your toolbar at the bottom of the screen. Finally, you can always launch the player by going to "Start->Programs->Accessories->Windows Media Player".

Step 2

Locate the "Help" button along the top of the Media Player. If this is not visible, right click on a blank space along the top edge of the Media Player screen. Select "Classic Menus" to make the toolbar with the "Help" button appear.

Step 3

Ensure that your broadband internet connection is up and connected. This will enable you to download updates quicker. From the "Help" menu, select "Search for Updates". Windows video player will check the Microsoft site for updates, patches and bug fixes, as well as special features, for your player.

Step 4

Follow any prompts given to you by Windows Media Player. This may include exiting other programs, or restarting the Player. Do not shut down your computer in the middle of this process, or you may corrupt the program files.

Step 5

Ensure that your Media Player always has the most recent updates by setting it to automatically check. Select "Options" from the toolbar at the top of the screen. The options menu will open up. Select the tab marked "Player". Here you can change the update schedule for your Media Player. Click the radio button next to the "Automatic" updates box. Below that, you can also select the frequency which Media Player will check for updates, which includes daily, weekly or monthly.

Step 6

Reboot your system.