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Windows 7: AVI files will not play in WMP

02 Feb 2012   #1

Home Premium 64 bit
AVI files will not play in WMP

I get error "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."

Do I, perhaps need to update the codecs, where from? Or does my player need some tweaks or repair?

I await your advice. :)

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02 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

The same problem here, updated codecs, it didn't help.
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02 Feb 2012   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

I would recommend downloading and installing VideoLAN - Official page for VLC media player, the Open Source video framework! it will play just about anything you throw at it.
If you are going to use some codecs I would recommend these Shark007's FREE Codec solutions - Windows 7 codecs the developer of these is a trusted member here.

Information about the Multimedia file types that Windows Media Player supports
Audio Visual Interleave (.avi)

Versions of Windows Media Player that support this file type:
  • Windows Media Player 7
  • Windows Media Player for Windows XP
  • Windows Media Player 9 Series
  • Windows Media Player 10
  • Windows Media Player 11
Audio Video Interleave (AVI) is a special case of Resource Interchange File Format (RIFF). AVI is defined by Microsoft. The .avi file format is the most common format for audio and video data on a computer.

Audio content or video content that is compressed with a wide variety of codecs can be stored in an .avi file and played in Windows Media Player, if the appropriate codecs are installed on the computer. Video codecs that are frequently used in .avi files include the following codecs: Audio codecs that are frequently used in .avi files include the following audio codecs:
  • MP3 codec
  • Microsoft Adaptive Differential Pulse Code Modulation (MS ADPCM)
  • Uncompressed Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) codec
Click to play a sample AVI file (2,961KB)

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02 Feb 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

VLC mediaplayer plays the .avi files. WMP still doesn't, afther the fix. I would like to know why.

Thank you.
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02 Feb 2012   #5
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

wmp can't play the avi files because they're probably encoded using an unsupported codec - maybe h264 or whatever.

not all avi files are the same - there's quite a lot of confusion regarding video files, there isn't a single avi 'format' - basically avi is just a 'container', and the video can be encoded in many different ways. you need a suitable codec installed on your system to translate the zeroes and ones into a video stream.

if you really need wmp (or media center) to play the file, you'll need a codec pack - shark007's pack is probably the best there is.

software such as vlc has all the codecs 'built-in'.
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02 Feb 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thank you for the info. I'll try your tip later. Added - Windows 7 Codecs - WMP12 Codecs to my bookmarks.
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02 Feb 2012   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64

there is also the combined community codec pack, it was put together by the p2p'ers and it covers pretty much every format imaginable, minus a few really old codecs no one uses anymore.
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02 Feb 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

To get those AVI files to play in the Windows players you will need to go to the SWAP TAB of the Settings Application installed by the Shark007 Win7codecs and choose to disable the DMO codecs.

Doing this will allow the installed codecs to decode the video.
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03 Feb 2012   #9

Home Premium 64 bit

Thanks for the tips. ATM I'm leaning to VLC (finger in air method).
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03 Feb 2012   #10
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

good choice - vlc is very popular for video playback due to the fact that 'it just works'.

you only need to mess with codecs if you really have to use wmp (or media centre), or if you need to import video into editors.
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