As one of the most popular operating systems, Windows is compatible with all kinds of applications over the Internet. If you are running on the Windows operating system, you can easily find that there are a lot of internal applications for Windows itself. That is to say a lot of applications can be automatically opened when you try to play some certain files. In order words, they can be called default applications. Today our focus will be on the default media player. Just as you know, Windows Media Player is the default media player in most cases in Windows. However, things may have different directions because you may have different requirements toward the media player based on the different types of your media files, or you simply like other media players’ interface or control panel. For example, when you try to play a WMV or MP4 file, then Windows will automatically choose Windows Media Player as the default media player to play the file for you. But if you prefer to play the file in other players, such as VLC or Leawo Blu-ray Player, in such as case, how do I change my default media player then? If you are faced with such a problem, then you can stop here because this article can help you to solve the question on how to change default video player with several steps. In order to provide the comprehensive introduction about the topic, I will select Windows Media Player, VLC Player and Leawo Blu-ray Player as the three examples to elaborate the detailed steps. Now let’s take a look at the details as below.

Part 1: How to set Windows Media Player as default player?

In the first part, I will introduce Windows Media Player to you. As a totally free player produced by Microsoft, Windows Media Player can be short for WMP which is developed by Microsoft and used as a digital media player for playing audio and video files and viewing images. Yes, this media player can only be available in Windows operating system. With the help of Windows Media Player, your computer will become your media tool. You can burn, flip, sync, stream, watch, and listen to music with it. Simply speaking, you can enjoy yourself with Windows Media Player. Users can customize the media database to collect media files. Integrated with fees and free services, the Windows Media Player Version 10 also integrates purely commercial online store business services. It also supports skin changing and MMS and RTSP streaming media. If the audio file that the user plays matches the data on the site, the user can see the relevant album information.

Concerning its pros, you can find that it’s easy to use, and Windows Media Player version 11 has become pretty darn beautiful to look at. Windows Media Player version 11 also synchronizes with removable disks, providing users with more convenient features. But, Windows Media Player accounts for a significant portion of the system’s resources among players with similar capabilities, the newer version it is, the larger it accounts for. Asides, AVI decoders need to be downloaded separately. Then, how to change Windows Media Player as the default media player in Windows? Just refer to the followings steps.

Step 1. First, enter the “Start” menu by clicking the icon on the left bottom corner, and click “Settings” to enter the settings panel.

Step 2. After opening the “Settings” application, click “System”.

Step 3. Under the “System” subtitle, find “Default apps”, scroll down to find “Music Player” option.

Part 2: How to set VLC as default player?

Compared to Windows Media Player, you can still have a lot of alternatives. Such as, you may like to take a try on VLC player. So, how to change default media player in windows to VLC player. Next, I will give you more details about VLC and how to change default player to VLC in Windows 10. Regarded as one of the most stable, flexible and lightweight audio and video player today, VLC multimedia has been welcomed by users for a lot of years. Originally called VideoLAN client, VLC multimedia player is the VideoLAN intended multimedia player which supports a wide range of audio and video decoders and file formats, as well as DVD, VCD and various streaming protocols. It can also serve as a streaming server for unicast or multicast with multicast on IPv4 or IPv6 connections for high-speed networks. It combines the FFmpeg program decoder with the libdvdcss library to play multimedia files and encrypt DVDS.

Generally speaking, VLC Media Player is the reference video player for all your video files and streaming videos. Downloading VLC is completely free for all operating systems: Windows, Linux, Mac Os/X and mobile. VLC Player offers a more extensive compatibility with popular audio and video formats like DivX, Xvid, FLV, MKV, Ogg, MP2, MP3, MP4. It also allows you to preview files you have downloaded from the Internet and offer superb integration with video channel streaming services such as Besides, VLC Media Player is easy to be used and you can make full use of the shortcuts without touching your mouse while playing multimedia files. And it is easy for users to add subtitles to your videos. In order to present a more functional feature, the VLC Media Player has been improved somewhat in its customized features. How to change default media player in windows to VLC Media Player? The tutorial will be similar to the setting procedures of Windows Media Player.

Step 1. Download VLC and install it on your computer.
Step 2. First, enter the “Start” menu by clicking the icon on the left bottom corner, and click “Settings” to enter the settings panel.
Step 3. After opening the “Settings” application, click “System”. Under the “System” subtitle, find “Default apps”, scroll down to find “Music player” option.
Step 4. Once you have installed VLC in Windows 10, then VLC will be automatically appear in the list of “Choose an app”. Select VLC media player and then it will be changed to the default media in Windows 10. The change will be saved immediately. Next time, when you open multimedia files, VLC will be the default media player in Windows 10.

Part 3: How to set Leawo Blu-ray Player as default player?

Last of all, I will introduce another powerful media player for your further references. That is Leawo Blu-ray player. As a 100% free and 6-in-1 media player software, Leawo Blu-ray Player contains all media playback solutions you need for your leisure entertainment, including DVD, Blu-ray, CD, HD (4K), ISO file with AVI, MPEG, ASF, FLV, MKV/MKA, or audio format MP3, WMV, AAC, AC3 and other popular formats supported. With advanced image and audio processing technology, Leawo Free Blu-ray Player software could provide you quality-lossless image for even 4K video, stereo audio enjoyment, all regions free DVD decryption and user-oriented playback control.

Besides, Leawo Blu-ray Player’s practical bonus features including useful power manager, custom skin / language / background, snap screenshots, especially virtual remote controller makes it a better choice for all Blu-ray playback choice. Furthermore, within Leawo Blu-ray Player, you could obtain the personalized settings according to your preference and all the settings could be done automatically. How to change default media player in Windows to Leawo Blu-ray Player? For the details, please refer to the following.

Step 1. Download Leawo Blu-ray Player and install it on your computer.

Step 2. Run Leawo Blu-ray Player and click the “Player setting” on the drop-down menu panel. On the left hand, you can see some setting tab. Click “File Association”, simply click the “Select All” button and click “Apply” to save your change.

Step 3. Enter the “Start” menu by clicking the icon on the left bottom corner, and click “Settings” to enter the settings panel.

Step 4. After opening the “Settings” application, click “System” to choose “Default apps” – “Music Player”.

Step 5. Then choose “Leawo Blu-ray Player” and you can save your change immediately. Next time, when you open multimedia files, Leawo Blu-ray Player will be called up to play the files for you.

Part 4: What is the best choice for the default player?

By referring to the above introduction about the three media players and their detailed steps on how to set them as the default media player in Windows, it is easily found that each media player has its own pros and cons, so it is difficult to tell which one is the best. For the Windows Media Player, it is easy to be used since it has been planted in the Windows operating system and you don’t need to download it again. But it is limited to a small part of multimedia formats and you have to download some specific codecs in order to play the files correctly. Furthermore, it always occupies a large amount of space on your Windows which may slow down the operating speed. In terms of VLC media player, it is a good choice for you due to its simple interface and powerful features. It can meet your basic needs to play the common multimedia files for most of the time. But it lacks the customization features and don’t allow you to further edit your files. Last of all, Leawo Blu-ray Player is much more comprehensive than the above two media players. Leawo Blu-ray Player can’t only provide the solutions for the common multimedia files, but also can support Blu-ray discs and all kinds of DVD types. It allows users to edit the videos for different purposes. And its various editing functions can provide you the best personal watching experience. Therefore, if you prefer to own a more professional media player, I will strongly recommend you to take a try on Leawo Blu-ray Player.


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☉ 100% free movie player for Mac users to play Ultra HD 4K, 1080P and 720P video for free.

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☉ Adjust subtitles, video and audio during media playback.

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