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How to play .avi files windows media player

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March 5, 2010 3:42:20 AM

Hello,
how to play .avi format files on mediaplayer and all other formats such as mkv etc.. and which one is the best codec pack available for free download
October 31, 2012 11:00:43 PM

I had the same problem with Microsoft media player.

The VLC player fixed it!!
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July 4, 2013 11:41:04 PM

You may refer to the following step by step guide on How to Solve Can't Play AVI in Windows Media Player?

In fact this guide also helps to play other video like MP4, MOV, MKV, VOB, MXF, AVCHD, WTV, RMVB, FLV, WebM, SWF and etc on Windows Media Player.
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February 23, 2014 1:07:19 AM

my windows media player can play some of my avi files but not others. now i have a clue about the reason, thank you
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May 12, 2014 2:40:54 AM

According to Microsoft Official Website, Windows Media Player does support playing AVI videos. If your Windows Media Player won't play AVI, two reasons cause the issue:

Reason one: Windows Media Player doesn't support the video codec in AVI file. AVI(Audio Video Interleaved) is a container format designed by Microsoft, used to wrap audio and video streams together. These audio and video streams can be compressed by various codec. During the days AVI format comes into being, WMP supports all video codecs that can be used in AVI file. After that, more and more new codecs, like Xvid, DivX, MPEG-4, are invented and used in AVI file, but WMP doesn't support them.

Reason Two: Your AVI files are corrupt. Play them on other players and devices to check if this is the reason.

To play AVI files with a non-Microsoft codec in Windows Media Player, you'd better to convert AVI to Windows Media Player compatible WMV, ASF, AVI, MPG etc.

Here is a highly recommended solution "Windows Media Player won't play AVI" for you.

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