Windows 10: .MKV files don't work properly with WMP?

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  1.    21 Jul 2016 #1

    .MKV files don't work properly with WMP?


    VLC is fine, but why does Windows Media Player have problems? It always closes and says it encountered a problem playing the file. It only seems that .mkv files is the issue. Avi files etc, seem perfectly fine. Anyone else have same problems or a way of resolving the issue? Not that it's major, but still annoying!
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  2. Posts : 2,034
    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       21 Jul 2016 #2

    VLC has buitin codec to play MKV. Wmp doesn't. To play MKV file with WMP, you'd need to install some third party Codecs such as:
    Shark007: Windows 10 codecs - Windows 8.1 codecs - Windows 7 codecs or
    Download K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 12.2.5
    Last edited by topgundcp; 21 Jul 2016 at 13:13.
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  3.    21 Jul 2016 #3

    Yeah, I have already the 'Media Player Codec Pack', but it's still happening. Might try some others!
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  4.    21 Jul 2016 #4

    I have read threads where people report issues after de-installing 3rd party codec packs caused by registry leftovers so it might be worth looking into that if other packs also don't work. Here's a link with a reference to the issues: http://windowsreport.com/mkv-videos-windows-10/
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  5. Posts : 3,521
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       21 Jul 2016 #5

    I've had some luck in simply renaming the .mkv files to .flv and either VLC or Applian Technologies player. They do open in Windows Media Player but get only the audio.
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  6.    21 Jul 2016 #6

    I got it working using the 'Shark007' codec. All seems fine now. Only my malware detected a couple of bogus files which I removed. Seems odd, when on his website it states it's 100 per cent clean...:/
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  7. Posts : 3,521
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       21 Jul 2016 #7

    Gelbs said: View Post
    I got it working using the 'Shark007' codec. All seems fine now. Only my malware detected a couple of bogus files which I removed. Seems odd, when on his website it states it's 100 per cent clean...:/
    As careful as one can be it's still possible for downloads and uploads to get diverted/hijacked along the way and so fast that the user will never notice it.
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  8.    21 Jul 2016 #8

    Hello, I hope it is all right if I join this conversation. Would you consider converting your MKV files into formats that are more compatible with your software? Vidcoder does a good job of converting MKV to MP4. Also, Freemake Video Converter converts MKV to several formats you can choose from, including AVI.

    MKV files take a lot longer to convert than other files, though. If you do choose to convert them, hopefully your computer has sufficient processor power.

    Also, Freemake, which has always been a 100% freeware utility, recently has forced "branding" into its converted files, unless you pay $9.95 for a Gold Pack that removes the branding. The branding is just a splash screen at the beginning and end of the video clips.
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  9.    2 Weeks Ago #9

    I think this is what a Dutch expression calls" tensioning the horse behind the wagon". First of all I wonder why anyone would still use WMP since it's not even a standard player with windows anymore, thus will lack further development and as for functionality it has always been miles behind with for eg. VLC and MPC-HC. The only way to even remotely consider WMP for me is with the addon of :BM-productions which adds a lot of basic functionalities in the toolbar.

    However, I find MPC-HC to render the best image quality without any tweaking and while I also have VLC Player installed I never downloaded a codec-pack (like CCCP) since in my earlier experience this is prone to cuase conflicts.Having these 2 other players installed makes WMP play MKV files (container but really all formats I've encountered so far) without a problem.

    I'm on another OS now (dual boot) so can't check but as I recall correctly you only need LAV filters, Haali Media Splitter and the MPC-HC player (which are in the CCCP codec pack as well). But since you need to install MPC-HC as well from the CCP pack to play MKV on WMP I figure you might as well just install MPC-HC which comes with these codecs natively and will allow you to watch MKV on WMP as is the case with me.
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  10. Posts : 3,121
    10 Home x64 (1703) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       2 Weeks Ago #10

    Spiritos said: View Post
    First of all I wonder why anyone would still use WMP since it's not even a standard player with windows anymore...
    I think the main reason it's still included in Windows 10 is that it's required if you wish to set up the PC as a Media Server without the aid of third-party tools.

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