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How to Play MKV on Windows Media Player

This post will teach you how to play MKV on Windows Media Player without encountering the playback failure caused by unsupported MKV files.

Updated on July 6, 2020


Windows Media Player is developed by Microsoft Corporation with the function of playing multimedia files. As a free, easy to use, powerful software, Windows users prefer Windows Media Player as the default media player.

Under normal circumstances, Windows Media Player supports playing videos in WMV\ASF\MPG\MPEG\AVI formats. If someone wants to play MKV video on WMP directly, an inevitable problem lies-WMP doesn't support MKV files.

If you're quite satisfied with Windows Media Player but want it to play MKV files, what should you do? Download a new media player to play the files? If I were you, I prefer to come up with an idea to solve the format related problem rather than be in the struggle for selecting the perfect substitute for WMP.

Thus how to play MKV videos on Windows Media Player is what we should attach importance to. To play MKV videos on WMP, here I introduce a method thought to be useful and practical.

Convert MKV to Other Formats Supported by Windows Media Player

Converting MKV to the formats supported by Windows Media Player like AVI, MPG, or WMV is an easy and quick approach. The conversion tool, HD Video Converter Factory Pro is worth being the first recommendation. The software supports about 500 formats and MKV is also included. It ensures both the converting speed and video quality of the original MKV files. Besides, have you ever been annoyed when you have to deal with the videos to be converted one by one and wait for a long time for processing? With this conversion tool, you can convert your videos in batch mode at once, which saves you a lot of time.

Easy Steps to Convert MKV videos with HD Video Converter Factory Pro

First please download the converter below

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Just few clicks to finish the converting process. The following tips will show you the details.

Play MOV on Windows Media Player

1. Install the software and go to "Converter" > 2. Click "Add Files" to import videos > 3. Select output video format, such as WMV, MPEG, MP4, etc > 4. Click "Run" button to begin the converting process > 5. Enjoy the converted videos with Windows Media Player after the conversion done.


a. This software supports batch converting. You can convert multiple MKV videos at once instead of waiting for the repeated converting process.

b. In the formats supported by WMP, it takes the least time to convert MKV to MP4, about 5-8 minutes for converting a movie with 1280*720 resolution and 120 minutes duration. While you will spend 25 minutes in converting MKV to WMV for the same movie. Therefore, MP4 is regarded as the recommendation for output format.

c. Smart fit in “Parameter Setting” stands for the most suitable parameters for a certain video. If you are not familiar with the video configuration, we advise you to choose it.

This article is conducted to give users some practical suggestion on how to Play MKV Videos on Windows Media Player. Hope it will be really useful for you.

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