How to Restore the Media Player Icon

by Nick Davis
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Like other program icons, Windows Media Player's icon may or may not stay on your computer's "Desktop" for quick access to the application. The reason the icon may disappear includes a Windows or third-party update making a change to your system or a change was made by accident causing the Windows Media Player icon to disappear. It is possible to restore the icon, but the icon may leave your Desktop again or may not function properly even after restoring it.

Step 1

Navigate to your computer's "Desktop" by minimizing any open dialog boxes.

Step 2

Click "Start" and "All Programs," if using Windows Vista or 7. If using Windows XP or an older version of the Windows operating system, click "Start," "All Programs," "Accessories" and "Entertainment." Note that Windows Media Player may be in your "All Programs" menu if you are using Windows XP.

Step 3

Right click "Windows Media Player." Select "Copy."

Right click anywhere on your computer's "Desktop" and select "Paste." The Windows Media Player icon is now restored.


  • You can also restore the Windows Media Player icon by completing steps 1 and 2, right clicking "Windows Media Player" and selecting "Send To" then "Desktop Shortcut."
  • If restoring a lost icon for another media player, complete steps 1 and 2, right click on the media player's name and select "Send To" then "Desktop Shortcut."


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About the Author

Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.

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