Codecs: frequently asked questions

Windows Media Player includes some of the most popular codecs, like MP3, Windows Media Audio, and Windows Media Video, but it doesn't include the codecs required for Blu‑ray Discs, FLAC files, or FLV files. If something isn’t working with Windows Media Player, you might not have the right codec on your PC. The easiest way to solve the problem is to go online and search for the codec you need.

Here are answers to some common questions about codecs.

 
What is a codec?
How can I find out which codecs are installed on my PC?
Which codecs are included with the Player?
Why do I get a message that says my computer is missing a codec?
How do I find a codec?
What is a DVD decoder?
Why can't I play a file at work that I can play at home?
I installed a missing codec, but I still can't play the file. Why?
How do I tell which codec was used to compress a file and what format a file is in?
Are codecs and file formats the same?
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Article ID: 15070 - Last Review: May 11, 2016 - Revision: 21

  • Windows Media Player
  • Windows 7
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