How to Play WMV File on Windows Operation System?

Feb 10th, 2012 by Boren 2,997 views |Comments Off

WMV, short for Windows Media Video, is a video format developed by Microsoft. The WMV format allows large video files to be reduced in size or compressed to better support use over the Internet or a network while maintaining quality. WMV files can be played by players such as MPlayer or Windows Media Player, the latter being only available for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh systems. WMV deals with all types of video content and combine an audio stream of Window Media Audio.

How to play WMV file on Window Operation System?

If you are using a computer that is running the Windows operating system, chances are that Windows Media Player can be installed on the computer, but you may reinstall the software when you double click the WMV file that you want to display and find it does not work.

Check the program:

Step 1: Select the “Start” menu button followed by clicking the “All Programs” menu label.
Step 2: Scroll down the list of programs to see if Windows Media Players is listed as an installed program on your computer.
Step 3: If Windows Media Player is not installed on your computer, then visit the Windows Media Player homepage and download the application onto your computer.
Step 4: Follow the default menu prompts to install the player on your computer and then restart the machine after the installation is finished.

If Windows Media Player is already installed on a computer running Windows OS but does not work, then the service will need to be disabled in order to restore.

Restore the program:

Step 1 – Open the Windows Control Panel by selecting the “Start” menu button and clicking the “Control Panel” icon subsequently displayed.
Step 2 – Enter “Windows Features” in the search box and then select the “Turn Windows features on or off” menu option.
Step 3 – Clear the check box located next to “Windows Media Player” and click “Yes” on the dialogue box that is displayed.
Step 4 – Restart the computer. Then, turn the Windows Media Player service on under the “Windows Features” section of the Control Panel. You will be able to watch WMV files on a computer running the Windows OS again.

There are other media players designed to run on the Windows OS which support the WMV format. These include but are not limited to: VLC Player, Power DVD and DVD X Player.

Using DVD X Player:

Step 1. Download and install DVD X Player, tick WMV when the file associate option window pops out.
Step 2. Right click the video window, choose “Play from”=>”Play Media File”; or click “Open” button on DVD player Control Panel, choose “Play Media File”.


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