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My windows media player tells me the file you are attempting to play has an extension (wma)that does not match the file format. Can you help.

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For this issue, try downloading divx to update your codec and widen your media player's file support

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Windows media player won't work


Which operating system ? Which version of Media player ?
Though designed with Windows 7 in mind, Windows Media Player 11 (WMP 11) is fully compatible with Windows XP.

The trick is knowing which version of WMP 11 to download.
Different versions of the software exist not only for Windows 7, Vista, and XP, but also for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows XP.

Additionally, WMP 11 is only compatible with XP if it is using Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3. Before downloading the appropriate installation file, you will need to verify which version your system requires.

Open the "Start" menu.
Open "My Computer."

Click "Help", then select "About Windows."
This will display a window with system information.

Find the listing that specifies your Service Pack. If you are operating without Service Pack 2 or 3, you will need to install one (see Resources).


Open the "Start" menu and click "Run." Within the text field, type "winmsd.exe."

Click "OK." Select "System Summary."
Find the heading labeled "Item."

Under this heading should be the word "Processor."
The value associated with "Processor" will determine which version of Windows XP you are running.

If the value begins with "x86," you are running a 32-bit version.
If it begins with "ia64" or "AMD64," then you are running a 64-bit version.

Download the Windows Media Player installation file that matches your version of Windows (see Below).
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/windows-media-player

Open the file once it has finished downloading.
This will launch the installation wizard.

Follow the onscreen instructions to install WMP 11.
The program should now run normally.
How to Fix Windows Media Center

Windows Media Center is the home entertainment hub on a Windows computer.
With Media Center, you can play live television, songs, DVDs and slideshows.

It is preinstalled on Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows Vista Home Premium/Ultimate Edition and Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions.

From time to time, users run into issues trying to play audio or video files, or with an extender connected to Media Center.

Extenders are devices that allow you to "extend" the Media Center onto a TV screen or larger display.

The Xbox 360 gaming console is an example of an extender.
Launch Windows Media Center from your computer's Start menu.

Scroll down to "Music" on the Media Center home screen.
Select "Music library."

If you find an empty folder under "Music Library," navigate to the folder on your hard drive that stores your music file and add it to Media Center's library.

If the problem isn't an empty folder, look at the file extension on the music file that won't play. Media Center can't play files with unknown or incompatible extensions.

If you find a questionable extension, skip that file. Click once on another file with a different extension, one you know is compatible with Media Center, and then click "Open" to test if you can play that one.

Media Center will play MP3, CDA, WAV and other music file formats.
Open Windows Media Player from the Start menu if you receive a codec error while trying to play either audio or video files.

If you open the file in Media Player, the codec will download automatically.
You should then be able to play the file in Media Center.

Troubleshoot your firewall settings if a Media Center extender doesn't work.
You'll have a problem using an extender if Windows Firewall blocks it.

Go to "Control Panel" from the Start menu and double-click on "Windows Firewall."
Click on "Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall."

Click to check "Media Center Extenders."
Click on "Apply."

Check external speaker cables to make sure they're connected if you can't hear any sound. Check the computer's volume settings by clicking on the "VOL+" icon at the bottom right corner of the main Media Center screen to make sure the volume is not turned off or down too low.

You may need to reconfigure your speakers if you're having volume or sound issues.
Scroll down to "Tasks" in the Media Center home screen and select "Settings."

Click on "General" and select "Windows Media Center Setup."
Click on "Set Up Your Speakers."

Follow the on-screen prompts to reconfigure your speakers.

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How to transfer windows media player muisc to iTunes


You may have some music on Windows Media Player, and you want to add them into iTunes library for your new iPod or iPhone. Or you may want to move your iTunes bought music to Windows Media Player for portable devices such as Zen, Zune, Phone, Sansa, Archos, MP3/MP4 Player, etc. It’s easy to do that. And this guide will show the steps to do the job.

Part1. Transfer Windows Media Player music to iTunes

Step1. Open iTunes and select the File -- Add Folder to Library menu.

Step2. Browse to your Windows Media Player music folder. iTunes will ask you where your songs are located, which by default will be in your My Music folder on Windows XP, or in your Music folder on Vista.

Step3. Convert Windows Media Player songs to AAC format (.m4a). If you have files in WMA format, you will be prompted to convert those WMA files to AAC. This is a necessary step if you want those tracks available to play on your iPod or iPhone. If you have a large music library in WMA format, converting WMA to AAC may take a long time. Plan to do this at a time when you can leave your computer on and walk away to do something else for awhile. You can also import your WMA files as MP3 instead, which also allows them to work with your iPod, but makes them more portable if you buy something else in the future.

iTunes doesn't modify your original music files from Windows Media Player. It leaves those songs in their original location and makes copies in your iTunes music folder.


Part2. Transfer iTunes music to Windows Media Player

Because iTunes music has DRM protection, you can't easily import the music into Windows Media Player by drag and drop. There are two ways to transfer protected music from iTunes to Windows Media Player.

Method1. You can use iTunes to burn the music to a blank CD at first, then use Windows Media Player to rip the music CD, the DRM protection will be remove during the ripping process, then you can rip the CD into WMP library. This way is good for tranferring a few music. For large mount of music, it would take a really long time to transfer music.

Method2. If you don't have blank CD disk or you have many iTunes music need to transferred to windows media player. You can use DRM Media Converter. It can legally convert the protected iTunes music to non-protected MP3 music, then you can easily drag and drop the MP3 music into Windows Media Player.

Step1. Download and install the DRM Media Converter , the file size is about 7 MB. I have scaned it with Norton Virus protector and AVG spayware protector, it's safe without any warning.

Step2. Run the DRM Media Converter, Click Add to import iTunes music, which by default will be in My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music .Or you can run iTunes, click Edit -- Advanced Tab, there you will see where your iTunes media folder location.

Step3. Set the output audio format as "MP3 - MPEG Layer-3 Audio (*.mp3)"

Step4. Click Start to run the conversion, it will take a little bit time to finish the job, then click Browse to located your converted mp3 files, drag them into Windows Media Player, done.

on Feb 05, 2010 | PC Desktops

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How to convert drm wmv files to ipod/iTunes


This is a full guide about how to convert DRM WMV files to ipod. Hope it can give you some help when you come across similar problems.

Part 1: What is protected WMV, WMA file?

WMV stands for "Windows Media Video", which is developed by Microsoft. WMV files are usually ASF files with a WMV extension. It can store video content in a compressed format. The WMA format, short for "Windows Media Audio", was also developed by Microsoft. It is a good format that offers the same quality as MP3 at half the bit rate using an audio data compression technology.

Though originally used for windows operating system, the WMV and WMA format have become very common in music download services. However, in this area, they always include DRM protection, that prevents illegally duplication. Unfortunately, Songs bought from different companies will have different DRM protection that can restrict you from playing songs on incompatible players. Also, DRM restrict the usage of computers, so you just can't share you DRM-laden music with your friends. There comes the headache!

Part 2: How to remove DRM from WMV, WMA?

So, you could try some methods or programs that remove DRM from WMV or WMA files. This article presents you a easy way: using WMV DRM removal software, such as Wondershare Media Converter to convert your protected WMV files to DRM-free ones. This software is especially useful for alleviating compatibility issues.

1.Download Wondershare Media Converter, install and run it. Then, add DRM WMV or WMA files to it. You can either click 'ADD' button to insert the files you want to convert,or easily drag & drop the files into 'Getting started' table. This software supports batch conversion, so you can add several files at a time.

2.Choose the format you'd like to get. Click the setting button, There are a list of output formats ready for your choose. And if you don't know the formats, there is also guide info to show you the match hardware with the formats. now we wants to put the wmv files onto ipod.we could choose output format as MPEG4(MP4)

You also can change the output file location, or the output files will be located as default.

3.Last thing, click the start button, and the converting process is beginning. After converting, the files are DRM-ripped. You can view your converted files by press the "Find Target" button, or you can choose to turn off computer after conversion.


Part 3: How to Play the converted video to iPod

1.Now that all the files in your coputer are DRM-ripped and with MPEG4 format. iTunes is more than happy to admit them into it’s library. Importing videos can be done by selecting “File>Import…”, or by simply dragging the files from a Finder window into an iTunes playlist once all your videos have been imported,.

2 and then you can connect your iPod to computer via USB cable, iTunes will detect your iPod. After that, click iTunes "File -> Sync iPod", and the files will be transferred to your ipod from iTunes library. When updating completed, you will find the videos on you iPod. Now, we can enjoy our clean music on iPod.

on Jan 26, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Dvd is too dark


b> Windows Media Player is a dynamic media player that comes included with Windows operating system.

According to the Microsoft website, Windows Media Player 12 plays nearly every video format, including 3GP, AAC, AVCHD, MPEG-4, WMV, WMA, and most AVI, DivX, MOV, and Xvid. So, before you begin, you may want to be sure you have the most up-to-date version.

Open the file in Windows Media Player. If it is not the default player on videos, simply right-click on the file, select "Open With" and choose Windows Media Player. Pause the video on a clear frame. Windows Media Player will begin playing the video automatically, so you just need to pause it on a frame that you think you will be able to use as a template for the rest of the movie. Access the Now Playing menu (this is in the upper left-hand corner). Click on it to pull down more options. Select "Video Settings" from the Enhancements submenu. This will open up a small panel at the bottom of the window with various image adjustment meters. Slide the "Brightness" control a little to the left to brighten the image. The image will stay the same until you press "Play," at which point you can view the effects of the new settings. Repeat Step 5 until you find the right brightness. Close the Video Settings menu by pressing the red "X" in the upper right-hand corner of the menu screen.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/windows-media-player-12 b> Brightening the video may give the image a bit of a "washed out" look. Remedy this by tinkering with some of the other settings in the menu. Increasing the Saturation often helps with this problem.

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Feb 09, 2013 | PC Desktops

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Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The Player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress the file.


Here's a link for CCCP, it's a codec pack which should take care of all your needs, I did a quick search to make sure it's still clean of viruses/spyware and it seems it is

CCCP

you may still need haali media splitter to play .mkv files in media player so here's a link and the link to the .mkv site:

Haali - direct download
.mkv site - main site for the matroska format (.mkv)


if all else fails use vlc, it plays anything, if it doesn't play in that then it won't play in anything

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html

I used to use all of these when I used windows and still use vlc now.

Nov 26, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Is there an instruction manual which will tell me why I get a red triangle with!which says this video cannot be played?on adobe media player?


To know about file formats support by Adobe Media Player, open this link.

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/AdobeMediaPlayer/1.7/Using/adobemediaplayer_1.7_help.pdf

You can have a research in Google Website about the various types of songs, audio clips or just simple as a sound file. And to know what program or software that support that file type.

In windows media player (all windows operating system has a Windows Media Player built in) basically can played standard audio and video formats like shown here:

http://www.pptfaq.com/FAQ00418.htm

And here are some glossary of file formats and how they differ from each other.

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-UoHVJFRE5Ps/learn/learningcenter/home/fileformats_glossary.html

For example you want to play a mp4 video file to your computer. First you should a video codec that will support the mp4 video file, like this one:

http://www.mediacodec.org/WECPSetup.exe

Copy this url to your browser to download this file.
Then proceed to installation.

1. Double click the download file
2. Click Next twice
3. Click Install
4. Allow to run update
5. Then Finish

Then you'll see the mp4 file will be played in Media Player




Jan 16, 2010 | PC Desktops

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I have prepared a home movie on Windows Movie Maker and when I copied it to a DVD it would not play on a dvd player can anyone tell me what I did wrong please thanks joe


The reason why the DVD disk you created may not contain the file format the DVD player recognizes. On a normal DVD disk there are two folders - AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS folders. The video files are located in the VIDEO_TS folder. This video folder contains the VTS_xxx.vob video files (the video files has a .vob extension).
The video file you created may have a avi or wmv or mov or mpg extension, whilst these video files can be played on a computer but they won't play on a DVD player.
Check the movie software you are using and make sure it creates the correct file format for a DVD player.

Jan 07, 2010 | ASUS PC Desktops

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CD's play in Media Player but not Home/Car CD player ?


If you are using windows Media Player to burn the cd you have to burn to an audio cd. You can only burn to mp3 cd if your car or home system canread them. Wma audio cannot normally be read by car or home audio. The file format is called WAV

May 14, 2009 | Dell Dimension 3100 PC Desktop

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How do I fix a drm problem in windows media player 11


DRM, which specifies whether tracks copied from CDs in Windows Media Audio (WMA) format are protected files. A license, which helps protect the copyrights of artists by preventing unauthorized distribution, is required to play protected files.
If you're trying to play your copy-protected files on a new computer, you can migrate your protected music from one computer to another by doing the following:
Windows Media Player 7.1 or later
1.
Try to play the copy-protected file again.
2.
In the message that appears, click the More Information button.
3.
Follow the instructions for migrating your licenses.
Windows Media Player 7
1.
Download the Personal License Update Wizard for Windows Media Player (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/knowledgecenter/mediaadvice/0048.mspx)and follow the instructions.
2.
Try to play the copy-protected file again.
3.
In the message that appears, click the More Information button.
4.
Follow the instructions for migrating your licenses.
A license can be migrated ten times. After this limit is reached, you will receive an error when you try to migrate the license again (for more information, see the Windows Media Player FAQ). When this occurs, you will need to rip the file from the CD again.
note.gif Note If you still have the CD in your possession, you can rip the tracks from the CD again, but with copy protection turned off.

May 09, 2008 | PC Desktops

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