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Windows Media Player

By derek_furlong ·
anyone know why windows media player won't play avi files? if so what can i do to play them?

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by saihib In reply to Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player will play .avi files. If it won't it's probably because the files were created with a codec that WMP doesn't understand. Download Windows Media Encoder and re-encode the files and I'll bet they play then.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Windows Media Player

Another possibility is that when Media Player was installed all the play options where not enabled and it's possible that someone thought that AVI files would not be necessary or desirable so they un-ticked that box or maybe even went along with the Default Install and didn't chose the Select All option to chose the necessary Codac to load. Try reinstalling your version of Media Player and enable All Listed Files to be played and that should cure the problem.


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by parthiv_13 In reply to Windows Media Player

Dude do one thing try to update your player by going in HELP menu and there you have Check for Update option. Click on it and try to update your player. It might download needed codec for player.

If it does not work then search on net you will definitely find drivers for your need. Here is one link try that too. and

Good Luck

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by TheChas In reply to Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player does NOT play some AVI files because Microsoft no longer supports at least one AVI CODEC. This started with XP SP1. If you are running from a PC that started out with XP and installed the Media Player CODEC package then, you should still be able to play most AVI files with Media Player.

We went round and round with this for a training file we have at work.

We finally settled on installing QuickTime as the least bothersome fix.

Another possibility is that the file is not an AVI and needs the extension changed for the correct format.


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