Installing Windows Media Player on Mac: Is It Possible?

Are you a Mac user who wants to install Windows Media Player on your device? Many people assume that this is not possible because Windows Media Player is designed for Windows operating systems. However, with the right tools and techniques, you can actually use Windows Media Player on your Mac. In this article, we will explore different methods to help you install and use Windows Media Player on your Mac.

Method 1: Using Virtualization Software

One way to run Windows Media Player on your Mac is by using virtualization software. Virtualization software allows you to create a virtual machine (VM) that emulates a Windows operating system within your Mac. This means that you can install and run any Windows-based application, including Windows Media Player.

There are several popular virtualization software options available for Mac users, such as Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion, and VirtualBox. These programs enable you to create a virtual machine environment where you can install and use Windows applications seamlessly alongside your macOS.

Once you have installed the virtualization software of your choice, follow the instructions provided by the program to set up a new virtual machine. This typically involves selecting the version of Windows you want to install and allocating resources like CPU cores and RAM. After setting up the virtual machine, simply install a licensed copy of the desired version of Windows onto it.

Once the installation is complete, launch the virtual machine and navigate to Microsoft’s website or any trusted source to download and install Windows Media Player. You can now enjoy using this media player on your Mac within the virtualized environment.

Method 2: Using CrossOver

CrossOver is another option for running certain Windows applications on macOS without needing a complete installation of a virtual machine. It is essentially an emulation layer that allows selected applications to run directly on macOS without requiring a copy of the full operating system. While not all applications are supported, Windows Media Player is one of the programs that can be run using CrossOver.

To use CrossOver, you need to purchase and install the software from the official website. Once installed, you can search for Windows Media Player within the CrossOver interface and follow the provided instructions to install it on your Mac. CrossOver takes care of all the necessary compatibility settings and configurations behind the scenes, making it a convenient option for running Windows Media Player on your Mac without virtualization.

Method 3: Using Windows Media Components for QuickTime

If you prefer not to use virtualization or emulation software, there is still another option available: Windows Media Components for QuickTime. This solution allows you to play Windows Media files directly in Apple’s QuickTime player without needing to install Windows Media Player itself.

To use this method, download and install “Windows Media Components for QuickTime” from Microsoft’s official download page. Once installed, restart your Mac to ensure that all changes take effect. After restarting, open a Windows Media file with QuickTime player, and it should now play seamlessly without any issues.


Although Windows Media Player is primarily designed for Windows operating systems, there are ways to use it on a Mac. By leveraging virtualization software like Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion, emulators like CrossOver, or utilizing Windows Media Components for QuickTime, Mac users can enjoy using this media player without needing to switch devices or operating systems. Choose the method that suits your needs best and start enjoying your favorite media files with ease.

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