Have a look at the above picture that shows Windows Media Player on Windows 7 with a new skin called Ducky. So, you’d agree that skins can completely change the look and appearance of Windows Media Player by using some nice pictures as background. There are many beautiful and amazing skins available for free download to change the appearance of Windows Media Player. While some skins would just change the look and appearance of the Windows Media Player by adding new graphics and animations, there are other skins that can also add some new features to the Player. Moreover, you can switch between different skins easily using the Skin Chooser feature (under the View menu) in the Player.
One good source of downloading free skins for your Windows Media Player is the official Microsoft site. Visit this site and you can find a large number of free skins for the Player categorized in various Groups such as Most Popular, Fun, Games, Movies, Techie, and All Skins. Most of these skins have download file size ranging from about 100 KB to a few MB. Some of these skins are described below:
(1) Most Popular Windows Media Player Skins:
Most popular skins for WMP include Batman Begins, Cerulean, Ducky, Gorrilaz, Dream Catcher, Kenwood, Need for Speed Underground, Xbox Live, and Terminator 3.
(2) Fun Skins for WMP:
There are about 40 skins in the Fun category. They include: Anemone, Anime, Blue Grid, Cable Music, Circle, Claw, Color Choose, Crystal Ball, DeepBlueSomething, Ducky, Elvis, Gnome, Gold, Gorillaz, Goo, Halloween, Harry Potter, iMusica, Kids, Melvin, Military, Modern Blue, MSN, Nautical, Ocean, Pharaoh, Polygons, Portals, Primitive, Radio, Raptor, Sports, Spring Flowers, Stealth, Television, Toothy, Ursula and Zen Garden.
(3) Games skins for Windows Media Player:
Games skins include skins such as Age of Mythology, AOE, Combat Flight Simulator 3, Half Life 2, Halo 2, World of Warcraft, Xbox, Xbox Live, and XSN Sports.
(4) Movies skins for Windows Media Player:
This category includes skins such as Back to the Future Trilogy, Blue Crush, Batman Begins, Catwoman, Charlie’s Angles: Full Throttle, Constantine, DreamCatcher, Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Livin’ It, Lord of the Rings, Scooby-Doo 2, Spider-Man, Terminator 3, The Last Samurai, etc.
(5) Techie skins for WMP:
Techie skins for Windows Media Player include Cerulean, Digital DJ, Erektorset, Gadget, Kenwood, Main Street, RAD, Science, TDK, and Tube Frame.
Where to download these skins and many more skins for WMP?
As mentioned above, these Windows Media Player skins can be downloaded from the official Microsoft site. In addition, you can also try the following sites that offer a large collection of WMP skins:
How to install a skin for Windows Media Player?
Installing a skin for Windows Media Player is quite easy. Download the skin link to your Windows 7 computer (or Windows XP or Vista, wherever applicable). Double-click the downloaded file link (it will be in the WMZ format). It will ask you to confirm whether to download and open the skin file. See the following snapshot:
Click “Yes”. The skin file will be downloaded and applied to the WMP. After this, the dialog box that appears on screen gives an option “View Now” button. Click it and Windows Media Player will now appear in that new skin that you just applied.