After the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) and the new Paint app, Microsoft released another update that replaces Groove Music with a brand new media player in Windows 11. It looks great, has a user interface that’s consistent with the rest of the Windows 11 aesthetic, and brings a ton of features that were largely missing before. That said, the new Media Player is currently unroll only for users in the Dev channel. But if you want to try out the new Media Player, we have found a handy way to make it work on stable and beta versions of Windows 11. So without any delay, let’s go ahead and learn how to install the new Media Player on Windows. 11 stable and beta versions.
In this article, we have discussed the steps to install the new Media Player on Windows 11. Even if you’re a novice, you can get it up and running in no time if you know a little about how Windows works.
Download the required Windows 11 Media Player files
1. First, open this website to download the MSIXBUNDLE of the new Media Player in Windows 11. After opening the website, set the drop-down menu to the left of the text box to “PackageFamilyName“. After that, paste the content below into the text field. Then choose “Quick” from the drop-down menu to the right of the text box and press the “OK” (checkmark) button.
2. Now you will find a long list of results. You just need to download the MSIXBUNDLE file. Search for the file name below and download it. In Chrome, you need to right click on the link and choose “Save link as…”. The file size is approximately 34 MB.
Change the Windows 11 Media Player file
1. After you have downloaded the MSIX package of the Windows 11 Media Player, go ahead and download 7-Zip (Free† This will allow you to open and extract the MSIXBUNDLE file.
2. Once installed, open 7-Zip and locate the MSIXBUNDLE you downloaded in the section above. Select the file and click “Extract” at the top. The files are extracted directly into the same folder/drive. Click “OK” in the pop-up window that appears.
3. Then open the extracted folder.
4. After that, scroll down and look for the x64 MSIX package, as highlighted in the screenshot below. Select it and click “Extract” again at the top. These files are extracted in the same folder.
5. Scroll up and open the extracted x64 folder.
6. Here, right-click on the “AppxManifest.xml” file and choose “Edit”.
7. Open the file in Notepad and go to the 11th line. Here under MinVersion, change the OS build to 10.0.22000.0. That is it. Now save and close the Notepad file.
8. In the same x64 folder, delete the following files and folder (if necessary, backup before deleting). You can click on “Delete” at the top. Now you can close 7-Zip.
[Content_Types].xml AppxMetadata folder
Install the new media player on Windows 11 stable build
1. Now that you have customized the MSIXBUNDLE, let’s install the new Media Player on the stable version of Windows 11. First, press the Windows key once and search for “developer” without quotes. Then select “Developer settings” from the search results.
2. Enable developer mode here with the “Install apps from any source, including single files” switch. At the next prompt, choose “Yes”.
3. After that, press the Windows key again and search for PowerShell. In the search results screen, click “Run as administrator” in the right pane.
4. In the PowerShell window, paste the below command to delete the existing Groove Music package.
Get-AppxPackage *zune* | Remove-AppxPackage -AllUsers
5. After that, navigate to the extracted MSIXBUNDLE folder and open the x64 folder. Here, look for the “AppxManifest.xml” file that we modified in the section above. Right click on it and choose ‘Copy as path’.
6. Go back to the PowerShell window and enter the command below. Make sure to replace the file path with the one you copied in the step above. Right click on the PowerShell window and the path will be included at the end. Finally, press Enter.
Add-AppxPackage -Register file path
7. Now open the Start menu and you will see the new Windows 11 Media Player installed on your PC. Click to open it and you can use it without any problems. You can also search for “Media Player” in the Start menu, and it will appear. Here are a few screenshots to show the user interface of the new Media Player:
Do not wait! Install the new media player on Windows 11 now
So that’s how you can install the new Media Player on Windows 11 without having to wait for the release on the stable build. The steps may seem long, but once you understand the basics, it becomes quite easy. Not to mention, this method can also come in handy for sideloading other Windows apps on Windows 10 and 11. Anyway, that’s all ours. If you want to learn how to install Google Play Store on Windows 11, go through our linked guide. And yes, you can also easily install the new Microsoft Store on Windows 10. Finally, if you have any questions, let us know in the comments section below.