Windows Media player error after OS update

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I formatted my computer and removed Windows XP and installed Windows 8. After that I could not play most of my media files and Windows Media Player gives me an error.

Is this problem unique to me? Any suggestions?

Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The file may be formatted with an unsupported codec, or the internet security setting on your computer is set too high. Lower your browser’s security settings, and then try again.

Answered By 0 points N/A #168081

Windows Media player error after OS update


First check if the files you are trying to play are supported by Media Player (the list of supported file types is under Supported File Types).

This error occurs when the required codec for the file is missing.

Usually the Media Player downloads necessary codecs automatically but when this error occurs, it's probably because a codec for the files you want to play was not available or could not be downloaded due to excessive Internet security. Try adjusting your Internet settings to allow codecs to be downloaded or download a codec pack yourself, for example from



Answered By 574765 points N/A #307160

Windows Media player error after OS update


Windows Media Player has been included in every version of Microsoft Windows. The Windows Media Player application is still included in Microsoft Windows 8 but you are not going to see it in the Start menu or in the Taskbar. In earlier versions of Microsoft Windows, the default media player is Windows Media Player but in Windows 8, it has defaulted to the metro-style Xbox Music app.

To find Windows Media Player in Windows 8, click “Start” then in the search box type without quotes “wmp” and then right-click the Windows Media Player icon and then select to pin it to the traditional desktop taskbar. The Windows Media Player included in Windows 8 no longer support DVD playback that’s why you won’t be able to play any DVDs with Windows Media Player.

But you can still play, rip, and burn CDs. Now, if you are wondering why you can no longer play most of your media files, check out File Types Supported By Windows Media Player then see the file types supported by Windows Media Player 12 because this is the version included in Windows 8.

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