4 Ways to Free Play MP4 on Windows Media Player

As the popular video format - MP4 is widely present in various applications and devices. Because most applications and devices are MP4-compatible tools. However, many people still have problems in playing MP4 videos in Windows Media Player as mentioned in the following questions.

  1. "Excuse me. My MP4 videos cannot be played in Windows Media Player? Why? What should I do to make it possible? "
  2. "When I play MP4 videos in Windows Media Player 12, no image, just sound. How to solve this problem?"
  3. "I can play my video in VLC player normally. But no image, no sound in Windows Media Player. My video is MP4 format."
  4. "When I put my MP4 videos into Windows Media Player, the player always says 'Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The Player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress the file.' Can you tell me the solution? What should I do to solve this problem"

Why and How? This article will tell you the reason why MP4 videos cannot be played in Windows Media Player and 4 ways to solve users' problems. You can choose one way to make Windows plays MP4 videos successfully.

 

Why Windows Media Player cannot play MP4 videos?

 

Reason 1. According to Microsoft official asserting, only Windows Media Player 12 can supported MP4 files. You can upgrade your Windows Media Player to play MP4 videos.

 

Reason 2. Your PC maybe cannot run Windows Media Player 12. Windows Media Player 12 only run on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. The Microsoft official website clearly pointed out that Windows XP, Windows RT 8.1 and Windows RT cannot run Windows Media Player 12. If your PC is Windows XP, Windows RT 8.1 or Windows RT, you have no way to upgrade your low version WMP to WMP 12. Never mind, you can use a Codec to convert MP4 videos to your WMP supported formats.

 

Reason 3. Even if your PC can run Windows Media Player 12 and you have had Windows Media Player 12 now, you still have trouble in playing MP4 videos in Windows Media Player 12. Now, the only reason is that your MP4 video is not the Windows Media Player 12's Cup of Tea. MP4 is a container containers video format and audio format. Windows Media Player 12 just support MP4 coding with .mp4, .m4v, .mp4v, .3g2, .3gp2, .3gp, .3gpp video formats and .m4a audio format. The ";mp4"; you can see is the files suffix. Real format you wanna know, please use a Codec. If you want to quickly solve the problem in a simple way, the best way is to convert MP4 to WMV which which is most suitable for any versions of Windows Media Players.

 

The following table lists the multimedia file types that are supported by different versions of Windows Media Player

File extension

Windows Media Player 12

Windows Media Player 11

Windows Media Player 10

Windows Media Player 9 Series

Windows Media Player for Windows XP

Windows Media Player 7

Windows Media formats
(.asf, .wma, .wmv, .wm)

Windows Media Metafiles
(.asx, .wax, .wvx, .wmx)

Windows Media Metafiles
(.wpl)

-

-

Microsoft Digital Video Recording
(.dvr-ms)

-

-

-

-

Windows Media Download Package
(.wmd)

Audio Visual Interleave (.avi)

Moving Pictures Experts Group
(.mpg, .mpeg, .m1v, .mp2, .mp3, .mpa, .mpe, .m3u)

Musical Instrument Digital Interface (.mid, .midi, .rmi)

Audio Interchange File Format
(.aif, .aifc, .aiff)

Sun Microsystems and NeXT
(.au, .snd)

Audio for Windows (.wav)

CD Audio Track (.cda)

Indeo Video Technology (.ivf)

-

Windows Media Player Skins
(.wmz, .wms)

QuickTime Movie file (.mov)

-

-

-

-

-

MP4 Audio file (.m4a)

-

-

-

-

-

MP4 Video file (.mp4, .m4v,
.mp4v, .3g2, .3gp2, .3gp, .3gpp)

-

-

-

-

-

Windows audio file
(.aac, .adt, .adts)

-

-

-

-

-

MPEG-2 TS Video file
(.m2ts)

-

-

-

-

-

Now you know the reason why Windows Media Player cannot play MP4 videos. Here I will share you the measures to make it possible. You can choose any ways from the following 4 ways to free play mp4 on Windows Media Player.

 

4 Ways to Free Play MP4 on Windows Media Player

 

Play MP4 on Windows Media Player Way 1. K-Lite Codec Pack

The K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools. You can set "; Windows Media Player"; as preferred video player when you download it. It can convert mp4 video to WMV which is most suitable for any versions of Windows Media Players. Then you can put WMV videos into your Windows Media Player to view. By the way K-Lite Codec Pack has many language to choose. You can choose three languages to make you understand the operation method of converting MP4 to Windows Media Players. The largest insufficient is that K-Lite Codec Pack is not easy to use. The UI stack a lot of words and I believe it isn't suitable for beginners.

k-lite-codec-pack

 

Play MP4 on Windows Media Player Way 2. RealPlayer

The easiest way to watch, save, and share your videos is using RealPayer. RealPlayer can help you convert MP4 to WMV which is most suitable for any versions of Windows Media Players. Then you can watch WMV videos smoothly on Windows Media Player. If you wanna watch the MP4 video which from YouTube, just use RealPlayer to download from YouTube and convert MP4 ot WMV to play on the Windows Media Player. However, you will spend 2 to 3 minutes to download the software, and you have to sign in before using this software.

realplayer

 

Play MP4 on Windows Media Player Way 3. Pavtube Free Video DVD Converter Ultimate

Pavtube Free Video DVD Converter Ultimate is a free package tool. You can use it to convert MP4 to WMV which is most suitable for any versions of Windows Media Players. As the name of this converter, It can rip DVD. If your MP4 files came from DVD disks, you can use it to rip DVD and convert MP4 DVD movies to WMV to play on Windows Media Player. Not only for DVD, Free Video DVD Converter Ultimate also for common MP4 videos. It costs you less than 1mintue to download and fast speed to convert MP4 to WMV. However, it has less preset video formats. If you wanna convert MP4 to some unpopular formats, this converter cannot do it.

pavtube-free-video-dvd-converter-ultimate

 

Play MP4 on Windows Media Player Way 4. Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate

Here roll out ceremoniously - the best MP4 video converter ultimate. You can use this software to convert MP4 files to WMV to play on the Windows Media Player. It has a whole functions from Free Video DVD Converter Ultimate. And Video Converter Ultimate can convert Blu-ray MP4, DVD Mp4, 3D MP4, HD MP4, 4K MP4, H.265 MP4 to WMV to support Windows Media Player. If you get this Converter Ultimate, you will get a DVD ripper, a Blu-ray ripper, a video converter, an audio converter and a movie editor for Windows Media Player. You can take a free trial on Windows Media Player. If it can solve your problem, you can pay little money to take it home to assist you do other format handling work. The UI is friendly and the operation is easy. You just take 3 steps to make MP4 play on Windows Media Player. The article will give you the steps below.

 

Brief summary: All these 4 converters can help you converter MP4 videos to WMV to support Windows Media Player. If you wanna one pace reachs the designated position, Video Converter Ultimate is good choice.

 

How to play MP4 on Windows Media Player?

 

Step 1. Load your MP4 sources

According to your MP4 sources, please click ";Add Video/Audio"; from ";File"; to add MP4 video files. You can also click ";Add from Folder"; to add MP4 folder. The program supports batch conversion, you can import multiple MP4 files at the same time.

pavtube-free-video-dvd-converter-ultimate

 

Step 2. Select WMV as Window Media Player friendly format

Click the drop-down box of ";Format";, you can find many WMV format types. You can choose HD WMV, 3D WMV, etc to export. Then you will have WMV videos which can be played on Window Media Player smoothly.

pavtube-free-video-dvd-converter-ultimate

 

Step 3. Convert MP4 to WMV to support Windows Media Player

Click ";Convert";, then the software will convert MP4 to WMV automatically. You can open the Windows Media Player and wait for few minutes to get WMV videos. The converter has a progress bar. If you have many MP4 videos need to handle, you can do your work until the progress bar fill.

pavtube-free-video-dvd-converter-ultimate

 

Conclusion: If you wanna free play MP4 videos on Windows Media Player without conversion, you can upgrade your older WMP to the latest version Windows Media Player 12, because only WMP 12 can play MP4 videos. If your Windows is Windows XP, Windows RT or Windows RT 8.1, I'm sorry that you cannot upgrade to WMP 12 and your Windows Media Player cannot support MP4 files. Now you can get a MP4 converter to convert MP4 to WMP to support any version Windows Media Player. Or your MP4 files cannot be put into WMP 12, the same, you can use a MP4 converter. Don't miss Video Converter Ultimate, take it home and handle most video works.

 

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