You receive a "Cannot play back the video stream" error message when you try to play a PowerPoint Movie file from PowerPoint for Mac in Windows Media Player

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When you try to play a PowerPoint Movie file from Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac in Microsoft Windows Media Player, you receive the following error message:
Cannot play back the video stream: no suitable decompressor could be found. (Error=80040255)


This issue occurs because Windows Media Player does not support playing back QuickTime content.


To resolve this issue, you must download and install the Apple QuickTime Player for Windows. To download the Apple QuickTime Player for Windows, visit the following Apple Web site:
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Article ID: 895082 - Last Review: October 6, 2011 - Revision: 2.0
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