How to Install VLC and Make it Default on Widows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to install VideoLAN (VLC) media player on Windows 11 and also make it the default media player for video and other multimedia formats. VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most multimedia files, and various streaming protocols.

If you find yourself needing a robust media player when using Windows 11, then VLC should be your first app to try. It practically plays almost any media formats, including DVDs, Audio CDs, multimedia files as well as VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

VLC is also the most popular media player and works across multiple platforms including, Windows, Linux, MacOS and others. On Windows system, VLC has fully transitioned to the new Windows 11 design with a more fluent look and rounded corners, support for snaps and more.

The new Windows 11 comes with many new features and a new user desktop, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors that will make any computer look and feel modern.

If you’re exited about Windows 11, keep reading our posts on it.

To get started with installing VLC and making it your default media player, continue below.

How to install VideoLAN on Windows 11

As mentioned above, VLC makes playing media on Windows and other platform fun. If you need a free and open source media player that works, then install VLC and the steps below show you how.

If you haven’t already install VLC, then click on the link below to install.

Download VLC on Windows

Click on Download VLC button to download the app on Windows.

After downloading, go to your Downloads folder or when prompted to install, simply click Ok to begin the installation.

During the installation, choose your language, and select which features to including with VLC. By default, all is selected as shown below.

On the next screen, choose the folder in which to install VLC media player. By default, it is installed in the C:\Program File\ folder.

Click the Install button to install.

After a few moments, VLC media player should installed and ready to use. Click Finish and VLC will automatically open.

On first launch, you’ll be prompted with VLC Network Access Policy. Choose to options:

  • Allow metadata network access
  • Regularly check for VlC updates

VLC media player is now ready to play your multimedia formats.

How to make VLC default media player on Windows 11

Although VLC is installed, it’s not the default media player on Windows 11. When you try to play a multimedia file, Windows will open Windows Media Player instead.

If you want VLC opens for all media formats, then follow the steps below.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings app. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Apps, and select Default apps on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Default apps settings pane, under Set defaults for application, use the search box to search for Movies & TV to narrow the app list or scroll down the list and select Movies & TV.

Currently as you can see, Movies & TV is the default app for all media formats. You’ll need to switch each media file default app to VLC as shown below.

Change the defaults for each file type and once you’re done, your list should look similar to this.

That should do it! Now for all the media types that Movies & TV was the default will now be changed to VLC.


This post showed you how to install VLC and make it the default app on Windows 11. If you find any error above or have anything to add, please use the comment form below.