How to Install MP4 Codec for Windows Media Player to Play MP4 Files?

Apr 28th, 2012 by Boren 10,965 views |Comments Off

Windows Media Player must be the most popular media playback application for computer users. It can be used to play movies, pictures and music. Its success and popularity has a lot to do with its developer Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft holds different versions that are especially suitable for Windows, Mac, Solaris, etc. It also provides codec package to support different video formats. One of these codec is MP4. If you Windows Media Player fail to play MP4 files, I’m afraid you need to install media player MP4 codec in your computer.

Get MP4 Codec Package from Microsoft

Play mp4 file

Before proceeding, confirm that you own the official version of the media player. If yes, go ahead.

First, visit

Scroll down the “Download & Trials” section. In the search box, where it says “Download Center”, click it and type “codec” in the search box on the upper part of the page, and press “Enter”.

The site will show you approximately 18 results. Choose “Code Installation Package” which is compatible with Windows Media Player 7.1 or later, and supports the current WMP 10 and 11.

Second, validate the file.

Press the “Update” button, a pop-up will appear and ask your confirmation if you want to download it. Continue the process by following the pop-ups. You probably need to run a validation tool, get the validation code and enter the code in the blank box as the indications.

Third, open the file and finish the installation.

Just click “Next” and install the basic setup. The installation process is easy and doesn’t require any assistance.

Play MP4 Files

The next step is to use the player to play MP4 file. The downloaded codec is compatible with MP4 files. After the codec is installed in your computer, the so-called mp4 media player can now be used. Just open the file, it will successfully stream out.

Other Ways You Might Be Interested in

1. Using a media player that supports MP4 files.

There are some players that can support MP4 files, for example VLC Player, DVD X Player, etc. DVD X Player is an all-in-one media player. It supports lots of medium. More information, please visit:

Free Download Media Player MP4

2. Convert MP4 files to Windows Media Player friendly WMV or AVI videos.

Windows Media Player works well with WMV and AVI videos. Just use a video converter to convert MP4 to WMV or AVI first, and then play the WMV or AVI files in WMP. Aviosoft video converter does a good job in video conversion. This powerful video converter not only can convert MP4 to AVI or WMV but also convert between all other popular video formats.

Free Download MP4 Converter

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