Windows 10: Windows Media Player won't play .flv files

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       27 Apr 2016 #11

    Homer Simpson said: View Post
    Yes, I've used VLC but for some reason it often gave a hissing sound, which is why I switched to WMP. And WMP worked fine on Win7.

    Well strangely enough WMP is now working for flv files. I didn't do anything other than wait a few minutes. Exact same files now work.

    I get told off if I insult the programmers who wrote Win10, but seriously? Why? It's like it's a deliberate joke sometimes.

    So no, this issue isn't "solved". Please stop marking issues as solved when they're not. When we know why WMP does this and install a solution, then it's solved. The fact that it's working at this second but may stop working again more or less randomly... not solved
    Homer Simpson,
    It has been over a month now.
    What is the status regarding using WMP ?
    Is it still working ?
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  2.    28 Apr 2016 #12

    WMP works, although for some reason double-clicking on some filetypes doesn't open it and I have to open it first then drag and drop or something. For many filetypes the file opens but doesn't start playing - I have to switch to the player and click play.

    I might say that VLC used to have a hissing/crackling sound, which is why I switched to WMP, particularly after I found codecs for WMP, but it's fine now. I suppose I'll use VLC. Thanks for the comments!
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  3.    29 Apr 2016 #13

    Just type "vlc alternative" or "windows media player alternative " in google, and then you will get many good players to play your flv files.
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  4.    29 Apr 2016 #14

    I have never been able to play Flash files in any version of Windows Media Player. At previous job for over ten years managing quarterly presentations, and would often be asked to play videos from the web. I would usually go in to IE's cache and take the .flv files, and could never get them to play in WMP. Until I discovered VLC, I was always having to play them in IE.

    I hardly see this as a negative for Windows 10. Flash should have died years ago. If Windows Media Player was as full featured as you'd like, some other company would end up suing due to "anti-competitive practives".
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