Microsoft Windows Media Player

Version12(as of 3/19/2019)
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Main Features

  • Supports popular video and audio formats, such as WMV and MPEG
  • Allows you to customize the organization of your media
  • Enables streaming between different computers and devices on the same network
  • Rips and burns audio to CDs

Software Overview

Screenshot of Microsoft Windows Media Player 12
Screenshot of Microsoft Windows Media Player 12

Microsoft Windows Media Player is a media library application used to play video and audio and to view images. The application comes bundled with the Windows operating system.

Windows Media Player supports many popular audio and video formats, such as WMV, MOV, MPEG, WAV, ASF, MIDI, and AIFF. The player also supports H.264, Xvid, and DivX video. There are a large amount of free plugins available that extend the capabilities of Windows Media Player, as well. In Windows Media Player, you can also stream media from or to other devices on your network, sync your media to portable devices, and burn your audio to a CD.

Windows Media Player allows you to customize your media experience. It lets you configure the navigation pane, sort your media by categories such as genre and rating, and edit the skin of the player. Windows Media Player also enables you to create your own media playlists and can generate playlists based on your criteria.

If you are a Windows user, Windows Media Player is a good option for organizing and playing your media. It supports many popular audio and video formats, allows you to customize the organization of your media, and enables you to burn your audio to a CD. Microsoft Windows Media Player is a reliable solution to your media playback needs.

Primary File Type

wmv icon.WMVWindows Media Video

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.WMVWindows Media Video
.AC3Audio Codec 3 File
.AIFAudio Interchange File Format
.AIFCCompressed Audio Interchange File
.ASFAdvanced Systems Format File
.AVIAudio Video Interleave File
.DVRMicrosoft Recorded TV Show
.M4AMPEG-4 Audio File
.M4BMPEG-4 Audiobook File
.M4ViTunes Video File
.MKVMatroska Video File
.MOVApple QuickTime Movie
.MP3MP3 Audio File
.MP4MPEG-4 Video File
.MPGMPEG Video File
.MTSAVCHD Video File
.OGGOgg Vorbis Audio File
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.SNDSound File
.VC1VC-1 Video File
.VFWVideo for Windows
.WAVWAVE Audio File
.WEBMWebM Video
.WMWindows Media File
.WMAWindows Media Audio File
.WMSWindows Media Skin
.WPLWindows Media Player Playlist
.XVIDXvid-Encoded Video File

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.ADTADTS Audio File
.AIFFAudio Interchange File Format
.ALACALAC Encoded Audio File
.APLMonkey's Audio Track Information File
.ASXMicrosoft ASF Redirector File
.AUAudio File
.AXDirectShow Filter
.BIKBink Video File
.CDACD Audio Track Shortcut
.DMBDigital Multimedia Broadcasting File
.DVFSony Digital Voice File
.DVR-MSMicrosoft Digital Video Recording
.EVOHD DVD Video File
.HDMOVQuickTime HD Movie File
.ICSIC Recorder Sound File
.IVFIndeo Video Format File
.K3G3GP Mobile Phone Video File
.LRCLyrics File
.LRVLow Resolution Video File
.LSFStreaming Media Format
.LSXStreaming Media Shortcut
.M1AMPEG-1 Audio File
.M2AMPEG-1 Layer 2 Audio File
.M2PMPEG-2 Program Stream File
.M2THDV Video File
.M2TSBlu-ray BDAV Video File
.M2VMPEG-2 Video
.M3UMedia Playlist
.M3U8UTF-8 M3U Playlist
.MOBMOBTV Video File
.MP2MPEG Layer II Compressed Audio File
.MP2VMPEG-2 Video File
.MP4.INFOVIDParrot AR Drone and Gyro Flyer Video
.MP4VMPEG-4 Video
.MPAMPEG-2 Audio File
.MPEMPEG Movie File
.MPG2MPEG-2 Video File
.MPGAMPEG-1 Layer 3 Audio File
.MPVMPEG Elementary Stream Video File
.MPV2MPEG-2 Video Stream
.MSVMemory Stick Voice File
.NAPNapster Secured Music File
.OGXOgg Vorbis Multiplexed Media File
.PRXWindows Media Profile File
.RBSMP3 Ringtone File
.RECORDGarageBand Records Audio File
.RVRealVideo File
.SCMSuper Chain Media File
.SHNShorten Compressed Audio File
.SMISAMI Subtitles File
.SPXOgg Vorbis Speex File
.SRTSubRip Subtitle File
.T3DTicTacTi Advertisement Definition File
.TTATrue Audio File
.UAU Audio File
.VSubsampled Raw YUV Image
.VIDGeneric Video File
.VP3On2 Streaming Video File
.VP6TrueMotion VP6 Video File
.VP7TrueMotion VP7 Video File
.WAVEWAVE Sound File
.WAXWindows Media Audio Redirect
.WDFWonderland Adventures Media File
.WMDWindows Media Download Package
.WMDBWindows Media Database File
.WMXWindows Media Redirector File
.WMZWindows Media Player Skin Package
.WVXWindows Media Video Redirector
.YSubsampled Raw YUV Image
.ZVRSAFA Media Audio File
Updated 3/19/2019