Fix the issue when Windows® Media® Player encounters problem while playing the file
Having issues while playing files in Windows Media Player? Find how to solve them.
Windows Media Player is the default media player integrated in the Windows Operating System versions and is developed by the Microsoft to enhance multimedia entertainment experience. Windows Media Player comes with many highly functional features and options that allows the users to effectively access, manage and play various types of media on the computer. The user friendly interface of the Windows Media Player enables the effective utilization of application’s functionality by all levels of users. Windows Media Player is capable of recognizing and playing a large number of media types that includes sound files, video files etc. and also recognizes mastered DVD and CD types. The "Windows Media Player Encountered a problem while playing the file" is a common error that happens due to reasons like unsupported file type, issues with audio device of the system, media player file corruptions etc. which greatly restricts player functionality and causes user inconvenience.
Discussed below are some points that will help the users to fix issues with the Windows Media Player that can occur while playing files:
- Update device drivers
- Verify file type
- Update or reinstall Windows Media Player
Update device drivers
The issues with the drivers of the sound card installed in the computer will cause problems while the Windows Media Player is trying to access the related devices for playing the user assigned media files. All users are therefore advised to update or reinstall the drivers for the media interface devices like the graphics card and sound card for fixing the issues with them. Doing so will help the users to fix issues with the Windows Media Player and will enable the smooth playback of files under minimal further errors.
Verify file type
Windows Media Player is unable to recognize and play some uncommon file formats or file types by default. This may cause errors while the users are trying to play those files using the program. The users should therefore check the compatibility of the media file with the Windows Media Player and should install third party codec programs if required for enabling the player to recognize and play such files.
The issues with the files and folder or the application or other system errors can also cause the Windows Media Player to display errors while trying to play media files. The users in these cases are advised to perform an update of the program by using Windows update feature or go for a complete reinstall by utilizing the add or remove Windows components feature in the Operating System. Doing so will help fix issues with the Windows Media Player.
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