Article ID: 291818
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This article describes how to download codecs automatically in Windows Media Player for Windows XP.
Windows Media Player may not be able to play a portion of content that you select because that content requires a codec that either could not be downloaded to your computer, or is not supported by Windows Media Player. By default, Windows Media Player downloads codecs automatically when you need them to play a file.
To enable automatic download of codecs:
For additional information about the codecs that are supported in Windows Media Player for Windows XP, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
291948For additional information about how to determine which codec you need to playback an .avi file, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/291948/EN-US/ )Windows Media Player for Windows XP Supported Codecs
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/279242/EN-US/ )Error Message When You Try to Play an .avi File with Windows Media Player
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=151500)for other considerations.
Article ID: 291818 - Last Review: July 2, 2010 - Revision: 4.0
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