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HowTo iCloud for Windows 10 - Media Features

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iCloud for Windows is a handy application, especially for iPhone users whom use PCs. The iCloud Drive, photos, media, and email including address book entries sync with Windows 10.

However, Windows 10 versions N and KN do not include "Media Features", which can be added via download from Microsoft.

Insider Preview editions, and some other editions also often may not include "Media Features", depending upon the exact update path taken.

iCloud for Windows can present the following error, if Media Features are not included:

"Your computer is missing Media features. Please download Media Feature Pack from Microsoft website and install and try again."

win10-icloud-missing-media-features.png


This is an outdated requirement from Windows 7. However, if the Media Features are not installed on a Windows 10 which is not an N or KN version, the download from Microsoft is rejected.

It is possible to install iCloud for Windows 10 by merely creating a System Registry key, and give it a value.

How to install iCloud for Windows 10 which is "missing Media features":

We are going to create a Registry Key "Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\WindowsFeatures\WindowsMediaVersion" and give it a value of 1.

1. Cortana search for regedit and run. You may need to confirm with a Yes.
2. Browse in the Registry Editor for
Code:
Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup
3. If there is a entry under Setup named WindowsFeatures, click it. If not, right-click on Setup, New, key, and type
Code:
WindowsFeatures
4. Right-click on WindowsFeatures, New, key, and type
Code:
WindowsMediaVersion
5. Click on WindowsMediaVersion, click on (Default) to its right and enter value 1, then click OK. (See illustration)

regedit_MediaFeatures.jpg


6. Re-install iCloud for Windows. You may be given options to install/merge calendar, address book, items.
 
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iCloud for Windows 7.8.1 was released 27 Nov 2018, which repairs some of the incompatibilities with Windows 10 1809, causing iCloud to not be installed correctly.

iCloud for Windows 7.8.1 and later versions can be installed for the first time on Windows 10 1809 only after removing all "Apple" entries in "Add or Remove Programs" Settings, including iTunes, then restarting.

I have tested this on the Fall Creators' Update, and Windows Insider Builds thru 18290 (29 Nov 2018).
 
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