Media Feature Pack for Windows 10 N Version 1803

[German]This time it went pretty fast – Microsoft has made the Media Feature Pack for Windows 10 N April Update (version 1803) available for download on its servers. The Media Feature Pack is required to use certain functions.


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What is Windows 10 N?

Most of my English language readers are not aware, that there are Windows N versions. Windows N was forced from EU commission several years ago, because Microsoft misused it’s market position. Windows 10 N is an operating system version without Media Player and media features. N stands for no media features. A similar Windows 10 KN variant has been released for Korea.

What if I ‘ve installed Windows N and what’s a Media Feature Pack?

If Windows 10 N is installed, no media features are available. There is no Windows Media Player, but you are able to use VLC-Player for media play back. But without media features, Windows 10 N can’t support:

  • Apps with media play back features (Groove Music, Video app etc.) won’t work
  • Connecting smartphones, cameras and mobile devices via USB cable fails, because there is no support for media transfer using Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) and Media Transfer Protocol (MTP). 
  • Edge browser can’t display PDF documents, because there is not support for that.

This Microsoft site list more restrictions for Windows 10 N. But it’s easy to fix that: Just install the Media Feature Pack, and the missing features will be added.

Where to obtain the Media Feature Pack?

Microsoft offers the Media Feature Pack for Windows N for free download. The problem: Each Windows build need it’s customized Media Feature Pack and it’s sometimes hard to find the right download address. Microsoft has created the Media Feature Pack list for Windows N editions page linking all Media Feature Packs for supported Windows versions (but at writing this text, the new version hasn’t been linked).

Media Feature Pack Download


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Detailed information about the Media Feature Pack for Windows 10 N version 1803 including download links can be found on the Microsoft page KB4057437.

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