If you want to download or install Microsoft Windows Media Feature Pack for your Windows N/KN editions then you are at the right place.
Here you will find the exact links to download the pack for your Windows. The Windows media feature pack is available from Windows 7 to the latest Windows 10 version.
We have also provided the procedure for installation and uninstallation. So, buckle up, as we are going to know each and everything about this media pack.
Why Media Feature Pack is not available in N and KN editions?
While using any Windows N or KN editions, you have noticed that most of them don’t possess the basic tools for media files. The reason behind the action is due to authorities forbidding media product packages inside Windows platforms.
The authorities make sure that other media corporations can also compete with Microsoft on the Windows Platform. In 2004 for the first time, the anti-competitive rule was applied to Windows in Europe. Since then Microsoft is obliged to release special editions for Europe and Korea.
The editions are labeled with “N” for Europe and “KN” for Korea. Here “N” stands for no media.
These editions include all the basic functions of any Windows operating systems however, they lack the following functionalities:
Audio and Video CDs/ DVDs, Digital Media files, organize contents in the media library, Create playlists, Transfer music to other music players, Record and playback TV broadcast, Digital Rights Management (DRM), and numbers of other features.
To use those features, users will need to download Windows Media Feature Pack and install them on their system. The Media Feature Pack is completely free to use and is provided officially by Microsoft. By downloading Microsoft Windows Media Feature Pack you can install all those media files present in other Windows editions.
This is a great thing, as you can use multiple preinstalled applications by just installing a single file.
What is the need to install this package?
- It helps you to use different preinstalled applications and support different media files.
- Removes the hardship of individual installations.
- Different applications like Windows Store applications support Windows media related files.
- Numbers of applications are not compatible with Windows without the Windows media file.
Download Windows Media Feature Pack for Windows 7
Click on the link given below to download the feature pack for Windows 7 N and KN editions. Using the pack will enable the media functionality to work properly.
You can use this Windows media feature pack for Windows 7 N and Windows 7 KN. Like any KN or N editions, this one also lacks the number of media-related technologies. And there are various websites and software programs that solely rely on Windows media related files. For enabling those, you must install it.
When, both MPEG 2 and Dolby Digital Codecs are combined, then they are called “DVD components”. Using the pack will enable the Windows 7 software experience such as Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center to support features like DVD playback, DVD video burning, and more.
Related: Download Windows 7 All in One ISO
Windows Media Feature Pack for Windows 8 N and KN editions
This pack includes all the KN and N editions of Windows 8. All of the media pack works exactly the same, except for certain applications. Sometimes, Microsoft replaces some of the applications with another. In media packs, the numbers of applications differ from one Windows version to another.
From media applications to communication functionality to basic website software. All of the media required will be installed on your Windows 8 by using this media feature pack. Remember that it can be used on all Windows 8 versions but installing it on Windows 8 (KB2703761) will improve the performance to another extend.
Using the pack, your OS will be able to support the Advanced Systems Format (ASF) file container, both audio and video codecs with basic network streaming and digital right management (DRM). Here the Windows Media DRM provided the support to deliver both audio and video content over an IP network from one PC to another. While providing controls to the distributor on how the content should be used.
Different audio codecs like MPEG, WMA, AAC will be supported. In addition to these, other audio content such as MP3, WMA, AAC audio, and MPEG-2, AC-3 audio will also be supported.
Other features like enabling Webcam, capture pictures, combining schedules of different event from multiple accounts into a unified view is also valid now.
While some features are added on the other hand some of them are also removed. Now, the integration of media sharing through a streaming feature in the Homegroup doesn’t work anymore.
Same with Windows Slideshow, that is not supported anymore. Synchronizing of media with Windows mobile devices will be disabled and sound recorder will be limited to WAV format only.
Media Feature Pack for Windows 8.1 N and KN editions
The K and KN editions of Windows 8.1 performs the same functionality as Windows 8.1. However, features except for Windows Media Player and other related technologies are removed.
This is an updated version of the media pack. This update also applies to Windows 8.1 Pro N and KN and Windows 8.1 N/K version (KB2929699). Installing the pack will enable you to perform the basic features of your operating system. However, to download the software then you will need to use the Windows Store.
Windows Media Player will be improved drastically. It will enable the player to perform features such as the ability to play different media on CD, manage media on the library, and to create a playlist. Other features like transferring media to a portable player and feature like a stream will also be enabled.
After the installation, your Windows will support Portable Devices Infrastructure (WPD) which is used to communicate with attached media and storage devices that supports the Media Transfer Protocol.
Preinstalled application for Music, Video, Sound recorder and Skype will be added.
The feature pack also affects many features where the most highlighted one is: Camera-over-the-lock-screen, Geofencing, and App Sync will be unable. OneDrive can no longer play videos, streaming in Homegroup’s media is also not valid anymore. Webcam, some features of Xbox games, sensors, and most of the Location platform won’t work as well.
Related: Download Windows 8.1 All in One ISO
Media Feature Pack for Windows 10 KN and N editions
Since there are a number of Media feature Packs for Windows 10, so we have created a bundled file where you can download all packs in a single file.
There is only one singly packed file in Windows 10 N series which is for only Windows 10 version 1909. The reason behind a separate pack for Windows 10 version 1909 was due to high demands by the users.
Media feature pack for Windows 10
Here you will have all Windows Media Feature Pack in a single file for Windows 10 1508, Windows 10 1511, Windows 10 1607, Windows 10 1703, Windows 10 1709, Windows 10 1803, Windows 10 1809, Windows 10 1903, Windows 10 2004, and Windows 10 20H2.
The update given below will provide support for different media-related techs like Windows media player, Groover Music, Movies & TV, Voice Recorder, and Skype.
In windows 10 edition, there is an update made in the feature pack. Where the first update is to install the feature pack you will need Windows 10 N. using the feature on other editions of Windows 10 is not possible.
There is no need to make any kind of changes to registry however, a restart of your computer is compulsory.
Remember that Windows Mixed Reality, Cortana with voice, and PDF viewing in Microsoft Edge Browser are not included in this pack. Same with Windows Mixed Reality, to all those users who want to use Windows Mixed Reality you must install any other version of Windows 10.
The Camera that uses the picture transfer protocol (PTP) does not work anymore. In Cortona Personal Assistance, speech interaction with Cortona is not working anymore. Both audio and video content acquired via Windows Store Media will be unable to be played.
Windows Media Feature Pack for Windows 10 version 1903
Here is the direct link to download Windows Media Feature Pack for Windows 10 version 1903.
Versions above windows 10 1909
This is for all the Windows 10 KN and N versions above 1903. Versions after Windows 10 1903 or above such as Windows 10 1909 or Windows 10 2004 don’t have a specific media feature pack. You are compelled to download the pack by following the instructions given.
First go to Settings and open the apps.
Now, click on Apps and features then select the Optional features.
Selecting the Optional features will take you to another window. There you will need to click on Add a feature.
In this step, go scroll download and select Media Feature Pack and click on the Install button. The installation will start, if needed it will download the file, or else a loading will occur. Soon, your feature pack is installed on your Windows.
Note: To download Windows Media player, you will need to find the Windows Media Player and click on Install.
Related: Download Windows 10 All in One ISO
Both Microsoft and Softrar has scanned each and every file and found no traces of viruses or malware. The current file of Microsoft Windows Media Feature Pack is free from any kind of threat that might harm your computer.
The files are safe to use and even share with others. By any chance, if you have any kind of question. Then feel free and ask us in the comment section.