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How to Play MKV in Windows Media Player

When you try to play MKV files in Windows Media Player, you'll find it only shows no video but audio, or other abnormal playback problem. That's because Windows Media Player doesn't support MKV format natively. You have to install the appropriate codec to extend its supported formats. But the codec doesn't come with Windows Media Player by default, so you need to intall the correct codecs. To be honest, it's hard to look around for the appropriate Windows Media Player codec package. Maybe you've tried for a long time, but totally find out it doesn't work at all. So here, I give you several options.

Solution One: Install Windows Media Player codec package

Just try to install the Combined Community Codec Pack (short for CCCP). The CCCP is a a codec pack specifically developed for playing videos including MKV. When you've installed it, you can smoothly play MKV files with Windows Media Player or Media Classic Player.

Download the CCCP here.

Solution Two: Try another media player

If you don't like installing codecs for Windows Media Player, or the codec doesn't work for some unknown reasons, you can try to use another media player. You may know of VLC player. Yeah, VLC is a great open-source cross-platform multimedia player. And it can play most multimedia file formats like MKV, AVI, MP4, FLV, WMV, etc, as well as discs. But sometimes, VLC player crashes a lot. Here, I strongly suggest Wondershare Player. It rarely crashes. Like VLC, it also has wide multimedia format support. Moveover, it has intuitive design, subtitle support, and more intelligent features. So you can use it as your only media player.

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Solution Three: Play MKV in Windows Media Player by conversion

If you don't get used to another media player and just want Windows Media Player as your only media player, you can use a great Video Converter ( Video Converter for Mac ) to convert MKV to a compatible video format like WMV for Windows Media Player. Don't worry. The conversion process is ultrafast and the output quality is lossless. And the program always run stably. Besides MKV, it converts almost any other audio/video formats to a Windows Media Player supported format.

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Step 1: Launch the program once the installation is finished. And then you need to click the Add Files button on the toolbar, navigate to the folder that contains your MKV files on your computer, at last, click Open to import them to this program.

Step 2: Select WMV from the drop-down list on the right side of the program's interface.

Step 3: Simply hit the Convert button to start video conversion. After conversion, you can add the output files to Windows Media Player to play.

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