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Windows media player can't play .wmv files

Whenever I try to play a .wmv file with windows media player, it says that the file is unsuported. I have the latest player, but it still won't play the file. I also have the latest Real player, but it also can't play .wmv files. Both players play wmv files some times, but when I download some clips with .wmv file formats from the internet, they won't play. Could someone please help me?

Thank you very much

Seijo

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  • Anonymous May 27, 2008

    I could play all .wmv before the realplayer upgrade. now cannot play .wmv . what is the fix? Get sound only now but just black display.
    And why is realplayer always so slow to load?


  • rudy914 Jun 12, 2008

    When attempting to play a media file from the internet I get a "path not found" message.

  • Anonymous Dec 28, 2008

    I'm thinking I need to reinstall the OS.

  • phyu Feb 21, 2009

    Can't play .wmv in windows media player

  • drbmaitra Mar 21, 2009

    Torrents having .wmv does not play either in WMP 10/11

  • onlineguy Apr 06, 2009

    I've searched for a while on this issue and one avenue that seemed promising was a mention about Vista and dual monitors versus a 2nd monitor running as a clone. I cannot clone my 2nd monitor so that's not an option for me. Do you run two monitors (wonder if that's the source of the issue)?

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2009

    i believe it is a torrent wmv and that is why it will not play

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  • Firstly a UPS is an abbreviation for Uninterrupted Power Supply - meaning emergency backup power in the event of a mains power failure. This is not a type of PC.
  • Secondly - Windows media player does not support every type of movie format, as Microsoft Update it from time to time, some formats will still not be supported, these are known as codecs.
  • Thirdly, codecs to support your particular format can usually be downloaded and added to Windows Media Player, however i can not think of any reason .wmv files are not supported by Windows Media Player.

You could try re-downloading the latest version of Windows Media Player from one of the links provided below.
WMP 11 will support the latest codecs, but if for some reason you find yourself needing the older version, use WMP 10.

You will most likely have to remove your current version of WMP, and you can do this by using Windows Add/Remove programs.
  1. Click on the Start menu button ( bottom left corner of your screen. )
  2. Click on Control Panel.
  3. Click on Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Click on Windows Media Player in the list.
  5. Click Remove ( right hand side of the listing )

Microsoft WMP 11 is available by clicking on this link:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/11/default.aspx

Microsoft WMP 10 is available by clicking on this link:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/10/default.aspx

WMV 11 is available by clicking on this link:
http://filehippo.com/download_windows_media_player/

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I had the same problem you have and I downloaded WMP 11 over the WMP 11 that I had installed already and my WMV started automatically as soon as the download finished...Give it a try

Posted on May 18, 2009

I still couldn't fix that problem even after installing WMP 11 or WMP 10. What to do?

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Begin by downloading the latest version of Windows Media Player (see link in Below). http://www.filewin.net/Windows-Media-Player/download/?p=AU-DNM Windows Media Player is the default player for Windows Media Video files. If you have just purchased a new computer, the computer probably already has the latest version of the program. Right click on the WMV file you want to play. Select "Open With." Several different programs will appear in a small box. Choose "Windows Media Player." Windows Media Player will then open on your computer. Wait for the WMV file to load. When it does, a message may appear in Windows Media Player informing you that the WMV file is missing an extension. Click "Yes" and Windows Media Player will still attempt to load the file. The WMV file should then begin playing in Windows Media Player. Hope this helps.

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