I run a network of Wordpress sites that share a common installation, but have separate tables in a database. I have been using Wordpress since the early days and the Media panel has never shown up in my side navigation. My Wordpress version is current.
The gallery works fine when uploading images to a post and images are assigned to posts correctly, but the 'Media' tab has always been missing for me. Also, when I go to wp-admin/upload.php I get redirected to the dashboard.
Any advice appreciated. :) Thanks for your time.