Better than Windows Media Player? VLC Media Player

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One of the most frustrating things about trying to watch a video on your computer is when you get a message that says, “Windows Media Player cannot play this file.  The proper codecs may not be installed.”  Huh?  How is the average user supposed to even know what a “codec” is, much less where to go to get the “proper” ones?

There’s a better solution  – just use VLC Player to watch video files (it’s free).

VLC media player

Whenever I have used VLC to play files, I have no problems at all.  It just does its job without telling me why it can’t do what it’s supposed to do.

To get VLC Media Player, go here and click the big “Download” button.

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June 6th, 2011

That is also my goto backup player. The greatest oddity of the windows player not working is that the codecs are obviously on the system if VLC can play it so why on earth won’t Microsoft’s do so?

June 6th, 2011

I downloaded the VLC player and installed it but it will not give me any sound when it plays…Any suggestions? These songs play fine on I tunes or media player.

Scott Johnson
June 6th, 2011

Don’t know Mary, I haven’t had that happen with VLC. I would have to look at it myself to see what might be wrong.