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Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The...

 
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The selected file cannot be played, likely because it is a format Windows Media Player does not understand the file format or the needed codec is not installed.

 
 
   
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  Windows Media Player 

 
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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. 

 
Typical location
  C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\

 
Issued By
  wmplayer.exe

 
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  Windows XP, Vista, 7

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  Microsoft Corporation    
 
   
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Install Needed Codec
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If the codec is not included with Windows Media Player, you can often get a codec from the vendor of that specific codec.

We recommend going to the codec vendors site rather than some random download site, so you get the latest version and ensure a quality download.

You may also find this Microsoft Codec FAQ guide useful.


 
   
 
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  FaultWire Staff
Posted: 26-Apr-2011
 
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Update the Software
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Check if a newer version of the software is available, and if so, download and install the update.

Microsoft updated Windows Media Player frequently to include newer file format support and expand the number of codecs built in. A newer version may support the files you are attempting to use.

 
   
 
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Last update: 26-Apr-2011 3:19 pm