Since 2004 after being fined a record 497m euros in an antitrust ruling, Microsoft when has only been allowed by the European Commission, who decided that bundling Windows Media Player with Windows was anticompetitive, to release versions of its operating systems in Europe with media players on the condition that versions without media players were available for users to buy and OEMs to bundle. This left Europeans faced with Windows XP N, Windows Vista N and now Windows 7 N and Windows 7 KN versions. The ‘N’ and ‘KN’ suffix indicates that the versions don’t have bundled media players.
Now to further confuse users, Microsoft have made available a Windows Media Feature Pack for Windows 7 N and Windows KN versions. which will install Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center and Windows DVD Maker and other windows 7 media features. The download is free (validation required).