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Does Window's Media Player Support AVI, FLV, MP4 or Flash Files? Answered


Windows Media Player only supports AVI, WMV, MPG, ASF.

To play MP4 in Windows Media Player, you may try this method from


This method also helps to play FLV, FLASH files, MKV, AVCHD, VOB, WebM etc on Windows Media Player.

So far, WMP supports playing AVI files except FLV and MP4.

In order to play MP4 and FLV in WMP, you'd better to convert MP4 and FLV to WMP compatible formats.

I just introduced 3 free video converters here, hope it helps.

need to play flv, mp4 video on Windows Media player? try ivideotool video converter to convert flv to avi or wmv formats which supported by WMP. here is the detailed guide:http://www.ivideotool.com/how-to/convert-flv-to-wmv-mac.html

Window's Media Player does not support MP4, FLV
It only supports AVI, WMV, ASF, MP3, WAV, WMA.

In order to play all kinds of video formats to Windows Media Player, a recommend solution is to convert them to Windows Media Player more compatible AVI, WMV.

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5 years ago

I have the same question, it helpful.


5 years ago

Windows's Media Player can stream avi and mp4 files well, but it seems that it cant supports flv flash video, you should install k-codec or convert them.
I always convert flv files to a more common file like mp4 to play on Windows Media Player. Check the source: How to convert .flv to .mp4 on Mac or Windows


8 years ago

I know it supports AVI.<br />Grab a copy of K-Lite Codec Pack (inc media player)<br />http://www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm<br /><br />It supports pretty much every video flie known to man (it also plays .swf)!<br /><br />