It's a version that Microsoft is forced to provide in the European Countries, to avoid sanctions from the EU .
But this N versions have more things missing that just Media Player.
Media tags in explorer also are not included (you can't see or change mp3 attributes form explorer, for example).
So many games just silently won't work and close upon opening.
This games usually, at install time run things like WMRuntime Installer.exe, to be sure this dlls are present in the system, but those kind of installers don't work with N versions.
To fix the issue you need to install from Microsoft sites the "Media Feature Pack for N and KN versions of Windows" for your version of Windows.
Hi Everyone well i just got my new laptop with Windows 8.1 starter, everything was great tell i tried to run some games, i did set up some games as i used to do on my previous pc which has a windows 7 but with windows 8.1 nothing works the games refuse to launch there is no error msg no anything i tried to run them with a previous windows compatibility but it didn't work either here under the games that i tried up to now and didn't work Call of Duty Black Ops 2 - Need for Speed Rivals - Need for Speed The Run but RESIDENT EVIL 5 and PES 14 did work i don't know why.
by the way i have a Toshiba Satellite L50-A-1DG Processeur Intel Core i7-4700MQ (Quad-Core 2.4 GHz / 3.4 GHz Turbo - Cache 6 Mo) 4 Go SDRAM DDR3, LED de 15.6"(1366 x 768 pix) NVIDIA Ge Force GT 740M 2 Go dedicated Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 bits thank you so much for the quick reply, yes i did tried but it didn't work, i have been searching over the web for a few days for a solution and i really don't want to install windows 7 i just need to know if windows 8.1 is the problem, cause i did set the games correctly as i always do what i don't understand is when i try to launch the game there is no error msg just nothing the cursor start circling just like the game is about to start and then nothing that's why i couldn't know where the problem came from Bro have u solved ur problem ? Photoshop etc works but even simple games doesn't work. Photoshop etc works but even simple games doesn't work.
Bought a new laptop with windows 8.1 and tried installing fifa 14 it didn't work so tried fifa 13 doesn't work...any solutions ? Bought a new laptop with windows 8.1 and tried installing fifa 14 it didn't work so tried fifa 13 doesn't work...any solutions ?
I Had the same issue And posted my issue here and solved it on my own... I Had the same issue And posted my issue here and solved it on my own... IF YOU USE WINDOWS 7/8 N VERSIONS THIS MIGHT APPLY TO YOU.
go to device manager and uninstall your gpu plus remove all the driver files then again install and update your driver... go to device manager and uninstall your gpu plus remove all the driver files then again install and update your driver... I recently solve my issues with games (steam, PC and Metro interface games) not starting in Windows 8(.1) and I thought of sharing my experience just in case anyone else has the same config and issues.
I've used for some time N versions of the Windows OS.
I know there are Windows 7 N and Windows 8 N versions.
What the N means is that the version doesn't have Windows Media Player.