Windows Media Player (WMP) is an application developed by Microsoft to play and organize all your videos and audio tracks. It is held only on the Windows operating system. Using this app, you can quickly access all the media files like images, videos, music files stored in local storage, CDs, and external drives. It is provided with the ability to sync digital media with a portable media player. You can easily download media files from the Microsoft website at no price. Windows Media Player allows you to cast its media contents with different devices like a TV through Google Chromecast.
At times, we want to cast those movies or different media from the PC to a TV. There are a few methods to do it. But if you are a Chromecast user, you can achieve this in minutes using the Windows Media Player on your PC or laptop.
How to Install Windows Media Player on Windows?
By default, every Windows devices carry the Windows Media Player as the default media player. But if you have uninstalled or lost it due to some reasons, here is the easy method to install Windows Media Player on Windows.
Step 1: Right-click on the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of the screen.
Step 2: A menu with a list of options appears—select Settings.
Step 3: It will start the Windows settings screen. Here select Apps.
Step 4: Choose the Apps and Features option.
Step 5: Agree on Optional Features on the screen.
Step 6: Agree on + Add a Feature icon on Manage optional features screen.
Step 7: The optional features screen appears. Scroll down and choose the Windows Media Player app.
Step 8: The Windows Media Player tab expands with detail on the screen. Agree on the Install button. The windows media player option disappears from the Optional features screen.
Step 9: Click on the Back icon. This will take you to the Optional feature screen.
Step 10: Here, you can see Windows Media Player installing. Once the installation is done, the App appears on the list.
Step 11: Presently click on the Windows icon on the left side of your task-bar.
Step 12: Get the Windows Media Player in the recently added section.
Step 13: Agree on the Windows Media Player to launch it on your windows.
This process is used only to install the windows media player app on Windows 10 PCs.
Chromecast Windows Media Player
Chromecast Windows Media Player is not directly connected with Google Chromecast. It would help if you used the Chrome Browser to cast Windows Media Player contents with the Chromecast tool.
Step 1: Plug-in your Google Chromecast device with an HDMI port on your TV.
Step 2: Connect your Chromecast and computer to the same WiFi network.
Step 3: Start the Chrome Browser on your computer or desktop.
Step 4: Agree on the Menu icon on the top right corner.
Step 5: Agree on the Cast option.
Step 6: It will search for the available Chromecast connected devices.
Step 7:Click on the Source drop-down button.
Step 8: Choose Cast Desktop option.
Step 9: Choose your Chromecast connected device from the list
Step 10: The pop-up window appears with casting the entire screen.
Step 11: Click on the screen and select the share option.
Step 12: Now open the Windows Media player and click on the video to play.
Step 13: The video playing on Windows Media Player on the pc will stream on your Chromecast connected TV.
Windows Media Player does not provide the cast option directly, so that you need to use the chrome browser. You can view all your photos, videos and audio tracks found in local storage, CDs, SD cards and external drives by using this method. But it does not read the media files found on DVD’s, which is because of some copyright restrictions.