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FIX Windows Media Player unable to play certain type of media files

After reading this post you will be able play to almost all commonly found media files. There are a lot of media file extensions that requires certain codecs to open/play. Default Windows installation does not support all the formats due to certain limitations. Some people download and install VLC player to play their Media files. VLC player can be found here. Though to play your media files within Windows Media player you can follow the steps below:

Note: Scan the Installation/Downloaded files with a good Antivirus Software before Installing.

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Solution : Windows Media Player cannot play some media files : missing codecs

After Reading this you will be able to play almost all type of media files on your computer. Different media files need different codecs to run properly. This problem can sometimes lead to misery for a user. You want to play a song or a movie and you get an error that some codec is missing and required to play that file.

The Simplest of all the ways to get those files to play are :

  • Download and install VLC media player
  • or Download and Install K-lite codec package

K-lite codec package comes with Media Player Classic that I personally like to watch movies on.

Download VLC Media Player

K-Lite Codec Package

Note: It is always recommended to scan the files you download of the internet. If even a fragment of suspicion is detected on your part, please do not download the file.