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3 Simple Methods on How to Fix MKV Windows 10 Playback Issue

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Updated on Jun 23, 2020

Fail to play MKV files on Windows 10 or MKV file plays without video image or audio track? Eager to find an easy and useful way to fix MKV Windows 10 playback issue? You have come to the right place! In this article, I will tell you how to play MKV files on Windows 10 with 3 simple methods. The effective and practical helper can be downloaded here:

Can Windows 10 Play MKV?

Q: I've recently upgraded to Windows 10, but when I try to play a .mkv video file, I get an error message in the Movies & TV app. "Can't play. This item was encoded in a format that's not supported. 0xc00d5212". However, I'm pretty sure the MKV file I have previously worked and still work. Any idea?

A: After you have updated to the latest version of Windows 10, you may find that the MKV files will appear as a regular video file on your PC hard disc. You can see from the Microsoft official site that MKV is also on the list of supported File formats for the Movies & TV app as well.

Then why we fail to play MKV files on Windows 10? Or why there is no sound or Windows 10 MKV no video when playing? If you are plagued by the above issues, keep reading, the reason why you fail to play MKV files on Windows 10 and 3 simple solutions will be presented with you so as to play MKV files on Windows 10 smoothly.

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The Reason Why You Fail to Play MKV on Windows 10

MKV, also known as Matroska, is a container format that can contain an unlimited number of video, audio, picture and subtitle tracks into a single file, which means that MKV file contains a variety of audio and video codecs. Once it is encoded with an unsupported video & audio codec, the MKV file may fail to play on Windows 10 or can be played without audio or video.

Actually, MKV playback issue is always a heated topic, you may not only fail to play MKV files on Windows 10, sometimes, but also fail to play MKV on iPhone, iPad, Windows Media Player as well as many other devices and platforms. Whatever, the below paragraphs will introduce 3 methods to help you fix MKV Windows 10 playback issue. You can choose the most appropriate method based on your needs.

3 Simple but Effective Methods to Fix MKV Windows Playback Issue

Method 1 – Convert MKV to Windows 10 Compatible Format

We have introduced the top 5 free video converters before. And here I will take the top 1 – Free HD Video Converter Factory as an example to show you how to play MKV videos on Windows 10 through converting MKV to Windows 10 compatible format. It is a reliable and practical video converter which excels in converting MKV to MP4, AVI, MOV, MP3 as well as other various video/audio formats and devices! Download this MKV converter to start fixing Windows 10 MKV file playback issue!

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How to Play MKV Video on Windows 10

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Step1: Load MKV Files to MKV Converter

Run the free MKV Converter and go to the Converter module. Next, click the Add Files button to load MKV files to the program. You can directly drag and drop the MKV files to the program as well.

Step2: Convert MKV to Windows 10 Supported Format

Click the "Click to change output format" area on the right side of the program to select the output format of MKV files. You can convert MKV to AVI, MP4, WMV, or other preset profiles natively supported by Windows 10.

Step3: Start Converting MKV to Fix MKV Windows 10 Playback Issue

Click the inverted triangle icon at the bottom of the program to set the final output destination of the converted MKV file, then click Run to start converting MKV files to play on Windows 10, play MKV on Android, etc.

You are also able to extract audio from MKV video or convert MKV to MP3, or edit your MKV files too.

Method 2 – Install the Missing MKV Codec for Windows 10

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The MKV files can be successfully played through installing the missing MKV codec too. K-Lite Codec Pack is a simple free codec pack which supports playing almost all the mainstream audio and video files after installing.

Step1: Visit, click the "Download Basic" option > click "Mirror 1" or any one of the locations to download the K-Lite Codec Pack.

Step2: After done, choose the players for Windows you want on "File association" section during setup.

Step3: Then click "Next", tick .mkv when you select the file extensions you want to play with the media players you have chosen. Finally finish the installation of the K-Lite Codec Pack. Then you can play MKV files on Windows 10 smoothly.

 Downloading the basic version of K-Lite Codec Pack is enough. If you want to know more codecs, you can view VLC codecs which I have introduced before.

Method 3 – Use Third-Party Media Players to Fix MKV Windows 10 Playback Issue

Actually, if you are not a die-hard fan of Movies & TV or Windows Media player, using some third-party media players to play MKV files may be an easier and wiser method. We have introduced some MKV players before. You can download any one of them to smoothly play the MKV files!

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This article introduced 3 effective and workable methods of how to play MKV files on Windows 10. You can select any one of the them you prefer. I hope this article can help you!

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