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How to Open AVI Files on Windows

Audio Video Interleave is a container file format for multimedia files on your computer. This is one of the most famous file formats used in computers for playing multimedia. This was introduced by Microsoft in early 1990’s for Windows to play multimedia files. Some of the most important file formats for multimedia files include the AVI files. However, you may find it difficult to play AVI files on Windows at times.

This issue arises due to a number of reasons such as movie files downloaded over the internet may contain external elements. Or the video files might get corrupt on improper transfer, virus, broken files etc. There are a number of easy ways for fixing AVI file format movies, Video songs or other multimedia on your computer.

Basically, Windows can play AVI format files by default. Some of the most important file formats for Windows include.AVI file format. There are a number of factors that may be responsible for the difficulty in playing the AVI files. The reasons for this issue can be the installation of a third-party media player, aa new Windows update or a tweaking in windows settings.

Windows 10 Unable to Play AVI Files

If you are using a Windows 10 operating system, here is what can happen when you try to open an AVI file. The Films and TV app display the following error:

“Can’t Play – This item is encoded in a format that is not supported”

you get this message when the .avi file opens with the new TV and Films application on Windows 10. Windows makes this application a default player for media files like this.

This error can be resolved using the Windows media player. It is a player that was kept in mind when AVI file format was introduced by Microsoft. So you can always refer to the old Windows media player and play the file. You can find Windows Media Player in the menu bar of your Windows 10. Launch the player and drag-drop the file in the player.

There is a 90% chance that Windows media player can play your file fine. But there are exceptions when there is the anomaly in the file. in such cases, windows media player refuses to play your file. and you have to look for a different solution.

Fix AVI Problem in Windows Media Player

In the case mentioned in the previous section, if the file is difficult to play, it suggests there can be two different reasons. An AVI file can’t be played due to dissociation between the file and windows media player. You can fix this issue with the help of Windows media player menu.

In order to do this, you need an access to the Windows media player menu.

Launch Windows media player and press ALT – It will display the menu bar.

Go to Tools

Select Options

Go to File Type tab in the Options Window

Check for the formats (AVI) to play with Windows media player

Click OK

This possible will resolve your issue and you can play AVI files with Windows media player. You can also try another option that can resolve your problem. Update your Windows media player to the latest version. In order to do this:

Launch Windows media player

Press ALT or access the menu bar

Click Help and select Check for updates

This will check for available updates for your Windows media player. You can follow the onscreen instructions to install the updates.

Other Media players

Very rarely, you may find it too difficult to play any video file on your Windows media player. There are some very good media players that can play various file formats. You can try some good third party applications to play your file.

VLC media player is one of the most acclaimed media player tools that users like. This media player is fully equipped with all the file capability to play a number of file formats.

You can also try the K-Lite codec pack for the media player. This has all the codecs to play various media files.

You can troubleshoot your AVI file not playing issue quickly and easily. Try to keep caution while transfer or download. Such actions can cause the AVI files to lose minute information or getting corrupt. Any anomaly in the file can corrupt the files.

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John Harris

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As a tenured data recovery specialist, John shares exceptional insights and blog posts about data loss and data recovery across any storage device. With 8+ years’ experience in writing for Data Recovery for both Mac OS and Windows OS computers, he is an avid learner who always wants to polish and simplify the data recovery process. John passes his free time playing Chess and reading Science Fiction novels.

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