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).
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.