Play All Media Formats in Windows Media Player

Today`s Article is about How to play all Audio and Video Formats in Windows Media Player.

As You all very well know that Windows Media Player is a media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and viewing images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system...

WM Player can only play some video formats. 
Some Default supported video formats by WM Player are : .wmv ,  .mov, .avi,  .mp4, .mpeg, .mpg, .vob etc.

It is unable to play some media-audio and video format files by default like .flv, .mkv, .divx etc.It displays a message saying " 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 ".

Now, What ?

How can we play these formats too in Windows Media Player ? 

For this purpose, We can use two different methods to play unsupported media formats i.e. using K-Lite Codec Pack OR Installing Media Player Classic Bundle.

Play All Media Formats Using K-Lite Codec Pack :

K-Lite Codec Pack will enable mostly all media formats to play in your computer.
  • Start Installation of it on your system >> Choose Advanced install
  • Select any profile as you need. eg. Profile 6
  • Click Next >> Next
  • Select All Audio and Video Formats
  • Finish your Installation.
Now, Play all Media Formats in your WM Player. There is no need to install other softwares for playing media files like VLC Player, KM Player, GOM Player etc.

Why K-Lite Codec Pack with Windows Media Player?

  • Very user-friendly and well tested.
  • It will enable you to play all the popular movie formats.
  • The pack automatically configures and Works great in combination Windows Media Player and Media Center. 
  • The pack works on all versions of Windows from XP to Windows 8.
  • K-Lite comes in 4 flavors: Basic, Standard, Full and Mega.Standard pack is probably the most popular - it has everything an average user needs to play the most common file formats. Full pack is designed for power users, has even more codecs plus encoding support.

Although, It also works great with all other popular Players like Media Player Classic, KMPlayer, GOM Player etc.

Or Instead of this Codec, You can use Media Player Classic.

Installing Media Player Classic Bundle :

MPC-HC is an extremely light-weight, open source media player for Windows. It supports all common video and audio file formats available for playback.
  • Download Media Player Classic.
  • Install Media Player Classic that comes bundled with them. 
  • While installing remember to select "Use Windows Media Player as default player"

It will Play mostly all media formats.

Now, You are thinking Why can`t we use other Software like Vlc player etc. ? Why we need to install this codec ?

You are right. You can use.

But These are light weighted, Highly Compatible with Windows operating system. Also, K-lite codec supports these Players too as mentioned above.

That was all about to Play all media-audio and video formats in Windows Media Players.

Have Fun!


  1. M currently using k-lite codec bt vl try other 1 also..

    1. Sounds great :)
      This is the codec for windows media player.

      Other one is complete Software Player for windows which plays all media formats.
      Definitely, Try out.... :)


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