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MP4 Codec | Download MP4 Codec Pack for Windows Media Player on Windows 10/7

Windows Media Player can't play MP4 files on Windows 10/7? Download MP4 codec pack.

Windows does not support MP4 natively until the coming of Windows Media Player 12. No, you do not read that wrong. Microsoft Windows is not as open as you imagine. Or rather, it is more like Apple. And that's why there are so many complaints of Windows Media Player not playing MP4. But is it true that you should download a MP4 codec pack as long as your Windows Media Player does not play MP4? Installing MP4 codec always works? Actually, it depends. Next we will analyze the reasons item by item and provide you with corresponding solutions. Before all this, I'd like to start by recommending a completely different solution than MP4 codec download, which holds true for all "WMP won't play MP4" cases - reencode or convert MP4 to AVI/WMV for playing on Windows (10).

Fast MP4 Converter for Windows 10 Free

WinX HD Video Convert Deluxe is an ultimate alternative solution for MP4 codec pack to solve not playing error. Free downloat now to:

  • √ Re-encode MP4 videos in AVI/WMV for playing on Windows with no errors
  • √ Convert any videos to formats compatible with iPhone, Android, Xbox, etc
  • √ Act as an all-in-one MP4 video converter, MP4 editor, repair software.

Windows Media Player 11 won't play files with mp4 extension

Upgrade to the latest version of Windows Media Player (WMP 12) should fix the error for you. Install Windows 10 if necessary.

Don't rush to download MP4 codec pack if you are using Windows Media Player 11 or previous versions to play MP4. As we mentioned before, it is Windows Media Player 12 that starts natively supporting MP4. So maybe simply using WMP 12 will solve your "MP4 not playing on Windows" problem. There is only a limited number of formats supported by Windows Media Player due to patents and copyright. Next time you get into similar troubles like Windows Media Player won't play AVI, FLV, DVD, etc, check the file types supported by WMP first.

Some MP4 file is just not playing in my Windows media player 12.

If you are playing MP4 using Windows Media Player 12 on Windows 10, but it's just not working, even when the appropriate codec is installed. What may be the reason or what should you do? Well, firstly you should try to play the MP4 file using other players like VLC, KM player, 5KPlayer, etc to see if it is really a problem of your Windows Media Player.

HEVC Codec Software
Fix 1

If it crashes everywhere, probably your MP4 file is encoded with an extremely high bit rate, like 50Mbps, while normal ones only have about 2000Kbps. That's a real case we experienced. Till now, we have never played it correctly on any computers with any players. So it's not about codec. Downloading MP4 codec pack won't work. It may require ultimately high-end devices.

HEVC Codec Software
Fix 2

Download MP4 codec: If "MP4 not playing" only happens with Windows Media Player, even if you have upgraded to the latest version, then you should download MP4 codec pack to have a try. The truth is files ended with .mp4 extension could store files in so many formats, while Windows Media Player only supports very few of them. Check the widely supported codecs by MP4 players if you want to learn more. Next is how to download MP4 codec.

Things You Should Know before Download MP4 Codec Pack

1. Don't try to change extension directly to make your MP4 video playable, because the file format still remains the same.
2. If you happen to know what the codec is, then search a specific MP4 codec pack using its name, not MP4 codec ID, which is mainly for programmers. Microsoft doesn't provide official Windows Media Player MP4 codec pack, but it allows you to use third-party ones.
3. If you have no idea about what codec is missing, then there are some all-purpose MP4 codec pack options favored by most users: KLM codec pack (K-Lite Mega Codec Pack), FFDShow, Haali Media Splitter, etc. Do remember to download MP4 codec compatible with your OS. For example, MP4 codec pack 64 bit for Windows 10 64 bit, and 32 bit for 32 bit.

See more: HEVC codec, 4K codec, H.264 Codec, AAC Codec

How to Re-encode MP4 Videos into AVI

Convert MP4 to AVI

If changing media player does not help, instead of downloading MP4 codec pakc, you still can choose to re-encode MP4 video in whatever codec to AVI or WMV, developed and natively supported by Microsoft Windows.

Step 1. Download MP4 converter
Download and install WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe first, which fully supports Windows 10/8/7 and previous OS. And open the software.

Step 2. Set AVI as output format
1. Click "+ Video" to load your MP4 file.
2. Choose "General Profiles" in the Output Profile center, "AVI Video" and then click "OK".

Step3. Convert MP4 to AVI
1. Specify a destination folder to save the converted file.
2. Press button "RUN" to start converting MP4 to AVI.

Use WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe to convert and re-encode MP4, MKV, H.264, FLV, MOV, MPEG, FLV, 3G, etc for playing with Windows Media Player!

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