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Windows Media Player suddenly quit playing AVI files

My Windows Media Player suddenly quit playing AVI files. I've verified that the file associations are correct but...

when I try to play an AVI file I still get an error that says the media format is not supported. I think it may be a registry problem but have no idea where to look.

One quick way to fix complicated WMP problems is just to reinstall WMP over itself. The player can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/9Series/GettingStarted//home.asp -- reinstalling it will force all file extensions and associated components to be re-registered. If you want to attempt to troubleshoot the problem manually, there is a very good on-line resource for troubleshooting WMP problems: http://www.nwlink.com/~zachd/pss/pss.html, which contains a great many tips not explicitly documented by Microsoft. I have managed to solve several very thorny problems using this guide.

This was last published in August 2004

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If the AVI file was encoded with a non-Microsoft codec or with a codec not installed on your Windows, you will fail to play this kind of AVI video. For example, Fraps uses its own proprietary codec to encode its AVI movies which will not play in Windows Media Player. In order to solve can't play AVI in Windows Media Player issue, a recommended solution is to convert AVI to Windows Media Player more compatible AVI, WMV, ASF, MPG. iDealshare VideoGo is just the ideal AVI to Windows Media Player which can convert all kinds of AVI files to Windows Media Player supported video format.