“Old MPG movies that played fine on my Windows 7 media player but will not play correctly on my Windows 8.1 machine. I get sound but no video … how do I play MPG files on Windows 8.1? This is so frustrating.”

A lot of people encountered the same MPG playback problem after upgrading to Windows 8 and 8.1. This is because, since Windows 8, Microsoft has dropped support for the MPEG-2 codec. As MPG or MPEG is mostly MPEG-2 encoded, you cannot open an MPG file in Windows Media Player. But don’t get upset because this can be fixed through several easy ways. You can convert MPG to Windows Media Video, install the MPG codec, or try an MPG player to play MPG files on Windows 8.1/8 properly. Follow this article to learn how to play MPG on Windows 8.1/8 in detail.
Michelle | Dec 27, 2022
How to Play MPG/MPEG on Windows 8 and 8.1?

How to Play MPG/MPEG Files on Windows 8 and 8.1?

Solution 1. Convert MPG to Windows Media Video

Windows Media Video (WMV) is the video format supported by Windows natively. So you can convert MPG to WMV to play the video on Windows 8.1/8. And all we need is a simple video converter like WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory to help with the conversion. You can free download free download this software and follow the instructions below to start your conversion quickly.

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Step 1. Launch Free HD Video Converter Factory on your desktop and open the “Converter” program. Next, click “Add Files” to import your unplayable MPG files.

Tips. Click on the video thumbnail, and you can start playing the MPG file right away.

Step 2. Hit the format image on the right side of the program to open the output format page. Under the “Video” tab, select WMV as the output format.

Note. Windows 8.1/8 supports other media files such as MP4, AVI, and MOV, which you can choose as the output profile too.

Step 3. Choose an output folder at the bottom of the converter and click “Run” to start the conversion. After the conversion, you should have no problem playing the converted videos on Windows 8.1/8.

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Solution 2. Install MPG Codec for Windows 8.1/8

Since MPG or MPEG is MPEG-2 video that requires the media player to have the relevant MPEG-2 decoder to decode the file, you can install the MPEG-2 codec to your media player to enable the MPG video playback. K-Lite Codec Pack is the most popular codec pack that contains nearly all video codecs, including MPEG-2, to help with your every media playback need. Now, let me show you how to install the MPG codec for Windows 8.1/8 with the K-Lite Codec Pack below.


Tips. You should close the media player before you install the codec pack so the changes could apply properly.

Step 1. Go to the K-Lite Codec Pack official website https://codecguide.com/download_kl.htm and download the standard version of K-Lite Codec Pack to your computer.

Step 2. Click the downloaded .exe file and finish the installation. (Be aware not to misclick on the bundleware during the installation)

Step 3. Now, try opening an MPG file with the media player on your Windows 8.1/8

Note. Some people have reported problems using the K-lite codec pack. If you are afraid that it could mess up your system, you can upgrade to Windows 10 and install the official MPEG-2 Video Extension from the Microsoft Store to play MPG files. But you can also just stick to the first method or try the next solution.

Solution 3. Download MPG Player for Windows 8.1/8

While the Windows 8 Media Player includes only a limited number of codecs to play common media files, you can switch to more powerful media players to play more media files. And the most recommended one is VLC Media Player. It is a free and open-source program, and it can be the best MPG player for Windows 8.1 and 8 to play MPG files hassle-free. Download the VLC Media Player and just drop your MPG video onto it to start playing.

Wrapping up

Now, these are all three methods that can help you play MPG on Windows 8.1/8 effectively. You can choose one that best suits you and start enjoying your MPG videos trouble-free. That’s all I want to share about how to play MPG files on Windows 8 and 8.1. I hope you will find the methods useful. Thanks for reading. Have a great day!

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