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Windows 7: Windows Media Player encountered a problem while playing the file

26 May 2016   #1
SovietRob

Windows 7 Pro 64x bit
 
 
Windows Media Player encountered a problem while playing the file

I posted this in the audio section, but I got no responses, I really need to fix it, Sorry if any mods get super pissed but I've run out of ideas.

So I just started having this problem when I didn't have it yesterday, when I open a video that was working yesterday it just comes up with this error and doesn't play it, the video does play in VLC player, but with out sound, its not the video file as I try it on my laptop and it works fine, it is a mp4 video, I have also tried playing sound mp3 files and they don't play either. Any ideas? thanks guys.


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26 May 2016   #2
SovietRob

Windows 7 Pro 64x bit
 
 

Bump, also I have tried this and it didn't work Windows Media Player encountered a problem while playing the file
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29 May 2016   #3
SovietRob

Windows 7 Pro 64x bit
 
 

It just started working again when I went to show my brother that none of the other audio devices were showing any audio.
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30 May 2016   #4
neru

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I had this problem too - 'WMP can't open the file' - an mp4 video that it had played before.
In Control Panel > Default Programs > Set your default programs -and - Associate a file type with a program - all the video + audio file types had been 'reset' to open with 'Unknown Application'. Reset the file types back to WMP and it works fine again. No idea how it changed in the first place.
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30 May 2016   #5
SovietRob

Windows 7 Pro 64x bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by neru View Post
I had this problem too - 'WMP can't open the file' - an mp4 video that it had played before.
In Control Panel > Default Programs > Set your default programs -and - Associate a file type with a program - all the video + audio file types had been 'reset' to open with 'Unknown Application'. Reset the file types back to WMP and it works fine again. No idea how it changed in the first place.
My problem was the audio device wasn't the correct one, even though I could hear all sound except for VLC player, you think that the video would still play and not throw you an error in WMP, but I guess Microsoft didn't think of that.
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