Cannot Play AVI Files
Are you unable to play AVI files on your computer? Find out how to solve this issue.
Computers can be used for all kinds of purposes and this includes entertainment. There are many different file formats for multimedia files such as AVI, SWF, MPEG, et. and most of them can be played on Windows computers. AVI file format is a format that is generally associated with video files. AVI file formats support videos of very good resolution and is ideal for movie related files. Windows users can either use default Windows Media Player or some third party video playback application to play AVI files on the system. However, users might face some problems when playing AVI files on the system. Some of the common issues include AVI files not playing at all, errors related to AVI files, lag when playing files, playback freezing, etc. AVI files on your Windows computer might not be playing because of many reasons such as problems with video codecs, problems with system files associated with music player, etc.
Following are the ways to resolve computer not playing AVI file issue:
- Check system files
- Reinstall codecs
- Reinstall player
Check system files
The players used to play AVI files on computers are associated with system files on operating system. If these system files are having some problems, then issues would come up when users try to play AVI video files on the system. Windows users having problems when playing AVI files are advised to check system files on operating system using 'sfc/ scannow' command in command prompt and if system files are damaged, the operating system would have to be repaired with default OS repair tool and the genuine installation disk to solve the issues.
Codecs can be best described as software that allows compression/ decompression of file formats for playback. If the codecs installed on your system are having some issues, then the player would not be able to play AVI files on the system. Users having AVI playback issue are advised to check codec pack installed on the system and if they are found with some issues or are outdated, downloading the latest codec pack and installing them on the system would solve the issues and get AVI files to work again.
If repairing the Operating System and reinstalling the video codecs installed on the system did not solve AVI file playback issue, then it is possible that the player used for playing the video files on the system got corrupted in some way. In such cases, the player would have to be reinstalled to solve the issue. As Windows Media Player comes as part of Windows, users can directly reinstall the player using 'add/ remove Windows components' option in Control Panel.
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