Error playing movie files in external Hard Drive

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Hello Everyone,

I have a problem in QuickTime playing movie files in external Hard Drive.

I did play the .mov files before in my Windows XP but now I upgraded it to Windows Vista got troubled in playing movies.

I need some opinion before I switch my OS again to Windows XP.





Error -2048: the file is not a movie file


Best Answer by Sharath Reddy
Answered By 0 points N/A #118559

Error playing movie files in external Hard Drive


I do not think the problem here may be with the operating system that you are using but instead it has to do with the player that you are using or the movie files that you are trying to play. As for the video player, since you upgraded to another version of windows, it may be possible that the video player is not supported by the operating system, and therefore you will need to get a video player that can play on that version of windows.

And if the problem is with the video files, it may have happened that you changed by mistake the default format in which the video files are opened, and therefore that format that they are in cannot be recognized by the player. I will suggest that you use the following procedure to restore the default format of the files:

  • Locate one video file on your computer.
  • Right click on it, and choose open with.
  • In the window that will open, choose your video player from the list, and check the box in the window that lets you use the format to open all related files.
  • Click OK.


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Answered By 572870 points N/A #296256

Error playing movie files in external Hard Drive


If your Windows Vista is an upgrade from Windows XP, chances are there are applications that will not run properly. Upgrading an operating system will preserve your old or original files, settings, and applications. They will not be uninstalled or deleted from your computer. Most of the time, when you upgrade, an application may not run properly.

If this happens, simply reinstall the program to make it work again. If your Apple QuickTime player works before in Windows XP, try reinstalling it. Download Revo Uninstaller Freeware. Follow the instructions to download and unpack and then install it. Once installed, start Revo then select QuickTime from the list. Click “Uninstall” then follow the instructions to completely remove everything QuickTime created on your computer.

When it is finished, download and install CCleaner. Once installed, start CCleaner and clean your system. Restart your computer and install Apple QuickTime Player back. See if this fixes the problem. Also, if you haven’t updated yet, download QuickTime 7.7.6. Follow the instructions to download and unpack. If you want to register CCleaner, download the Codes and follow the instructions.

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