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

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  1.    07 Mar 2016 #1

    Windows Media Player won't play .flv files


    OK, so once again, Windows Media Player will not play certain filetypes, specifically .flv files, despite the fact that it recently would play them.

    I have the k-lite codec pack

    Any solution other than "Uninstall Windows 10" that anyone can tell me?
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  2.    07 Mar 2016 #2

    Homer Simpson said: View Post
    OK, so once again, Windows Media Player will not play certain filetypes, specifically .flv files, despite the fact that it recently would play them.

    I have the k-lite codec pack

    Any solution other than "Uninstall Windows 10" that anyone can tell me?

    Use VLC or one of a zillion other packages instead.
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  3.    07 Mar 2016 #3

    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
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  4.    07 Mar 2016 #4

    Hahaha, and now it's not working again. The EXACT SAME FILE in the EXACT SAME DIRECTORY that I played 10 minutes ago now won't work.

    I didn't open and close the player or the directory. Nothing, except wait a few minutes.

    I'm sick of being polite about this turd of an OS and the incompetents that programmed it

    So issue is not solved
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  5.    07 Mar 2016 #5

    I don't have a fix for you but I share your disdain for Windows Media Player. MS brutally ripped out the DVD codec sometime after Windows 7 (I skipped over 8 and 8.1 toytown Windows versions so maybe they were missing from that) and it had horrible side effect of removing the ability to playback MPEG files in media player (so all my video camera saved files over last few years no longer playable or producing a thumbnail). I have achieved workarounds but I share your pain. One shouldn't have to resort to downloading risky codec packs to make a popular and common video format work

    I suspect your file format has fallen victim to the same.
    Last edited by Scottyboy99; 07 Mar 2016 at 09:48.
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  6.    26 Apr 2016 #6

    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
    Simple reality is MS are no longer developing WMP.

    You might as well shout at the Moon for all the good whinging about is is going to do.
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       26 Apr 2016 #7

    I use the Ant.com add-in toolbar for downloading .flv videos, usually from YouTube, and it has a built-in video player on the toolbar. I'm seeing other formats more frequently, .mp4 and .mkv, sometimes have to use VLC to play them.
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  8.    27 Apr 2016 #8

    Hi there

    I'm surprised VLC has a "Hissing sound" -- have you set the audio controls properly in VLC.
    Another solution is simply to convert the codec to one you want. WMP as others have said is "Deprecated Software" -- Ms aren't doing any developement on it so choose something else. Sticking with WMV format is bad news -- or is any proprietary format as you are stuck when it's no longer supported.

    To anybody who still has WMV files - convert them (losslessly) to WAV and then you can compress LOSSLESSLY to FLAC which is my preferred format - especially as I don't like "Lossy" music -- I won't even have MP3 stuff near my computer unless it's decently recorded at 320 kb/s -- anything else is just Cacophony --I might just as well listen to big Road drills or Oil rigs working !!.

    FLV format should work just fine -- ensure you've got the latest version of VLC downloaded, enable the effects (audio) and adjust to your taste.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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       27 Apr 2016 #9

    Homer Simpson said: View Post



    So no, this issue isn't "solved". Please stop marking issues as solved when they're not.
    Not to worry.
    ONLY you, the original poster, and the Admin/Mods have the privilege to mark your thread as Solved.
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  10. Posts : 2,554
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       27 Apr 2016 #10

    Berton said: View Post
    I use the Ant.com add-in toolbar for downloading .flv videos, usually from YouTube, and it has a built-in video player on the toolbar. I'm seeing other formats more frequently, .mp4 and .mkv, sometimes have to use VLC to play them.
    I use Free YouTube Downloader once downloaded just click on the video you want
    That plays my videos ok in WMP, Toshiba Media Player or Cyberlink PowerDVD Player
    For all other Videos I find on line I want to play Cyberlink PowerDVD Player takes care of all that
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