1.    18 Nov 2015 #1
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    mpg files on windows 10 / media player

    I was pretty mortified to find Windows Media Player on Windows 10 can no longer play mpg files like I was used to in Windows 7. I guess this was not an intended outcome but has much to do with Microsoft stripping out dvd playback from Media Player and this is a side effect. Attempts to play the mpg files in question result in only audio but no video. It's not the end of the world because I have other software (Cyberlink media show) that can play them just fine. But I miss the convenience of Media Player and the ability of Windows Explorer being able to generate a helpful thumbnail. I may just convert them to MP4 soon as I only have a few videos of my son and it won't take long but I'd be keen to hear of workarounds.

    So I wonder if there is a way of fixing this so Media Player will work with them and thumbnails will generate, without having to resort to dodgy codec packs and their dodgy installers. Fingers have been burned on codec packs before.

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  2.    18 Nov 2015 #2

    WMP hasn't seen much development since Windows 7. You could try this codec pack.

    Failing that, VLC is a decent alternative.
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  3.    18 Nov 2015 #3
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 (laptop), W10Pro (tablet)

    MS has never provided codecs for all video types with WMP. I know I've had to install codecs on XP, Win 7, Win 8 and Win 10 to be able to play all the content I have.

    As Swarfega said, VLC is an alternative and includes codecs for just about everything.
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  4.    18 Nov 2015 #4
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    Window 10

    I guess not all mpg files are created equally because I just searched my PC for all *.mpg files and each of them played fine in WMP on Windows 10.
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