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Media Player Does Not Play MP3 Files

This article was previously published under Q195707
When you use the Media Player tool included with Windows to play an MP3file, you may receive the following error message:
MMSYSTEM281 This file could not be played. Check the filename or install a driver that supports this type of file.
The Media Player tool included with Windows does not support playing MP3files.
To resolve this behavior, install the latest version of Microsoft WindowsMedia Player. You can obtain Windows Media Player from the followingMicrosoft Web site:
mplayer.exe mplayer2.exe

Article ID: 195707 - Last Review: 01/23/2007 18:14:14 - Revision: 2.1

  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • kbprb KB195707