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Windows Media Player FLAC Not Playing? Here Are 2 Simple Methods

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Updated on Aug 18, 2023

Windows Media Player old version cannot play FLAC files directly unless you upgrade to Windows Media Player 12 of Windows 10 version 1507 and later. If you insist on the old version, we will offer 2 methods on how to play FLAC files on Windows. One is with Windows Media Player FLAC codec installed, the other is to convert FLAC to Windows Media Player compatible formats.

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Can Windows Media Player Play FLAC? It All Depends!

Although many people are used to playing media files with Windows built-in media player, WMP (Windows Media Player), the types of media files format it supports are limited. For example, if you want to play a huge of FLAC music library in Windows Media Player, unfortunately, the following error message will pop up: Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The Player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress the file. But don’t feel upset. There are always solutions to the problem. Just follow the tutorial to solve your Windows Media Player FLAC playback issue.

UPDATE: As of Windows 10 version 1507, Windows Media Player 12 add native support for FLAC playback, which means you can play FLAC in Windows Media Player directly without an additional FLAC codec installed. But you remain faithful to WMP old version, the two solutions we mentioned below are still workable!

How to Play FLAC in Windows Media Player

Although WMP does not provide native support for the popular lossless format FLAC, with media codec pack installed, you can easily make WMP play all the popular and even rare media formats. Here, let’s take K-Lite Codec Pack as an example to show how to play FLAC with Windows Media Player.

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Step 1. To solve Windows Media Player FLAC playback issue, first, click the below link to free download the basic version of K-Lite Codec Pack first:

Step 2. Launch the Windows Media Player FLAC codec. Then click Miscellaneous Thumbnails. There will pop up a Thumbnail Settings window, including almost all the media files formats. Now, make sure you have already checked .flac, and click Apply & Close.

Step 3. After all the above process, just run Windows Media Player and open your wanted FLAC files. Now you can successfully play FLAC in Windows Media Player.

As you can see, there are other kinds of media files formats in K-Lite Codec Pack, if you encounter the similar problem that Windows Media Player can’t play some certain media files, just follow the above steps to install codecs for Windows Media Player.

Convert FLAC to Windows Media Player Supported Audio Format

If you want a more flexible way to play FLAC files, the best way is to convert FLAC to Windows Media Player compatible format. WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is a convenient and practical audio and video converter. With it, you can easily convert FLAC to MP3 and other formats supported by Windows Media Player. It can also convert FLAC to WAV without quality loss. Apart from converting audio files, this software is also good at converting videos. It contains more than 500 video/audio formats and devices and provides the highest conversion speed. Now, let us solve FLAC Windows Media Player playback problems with the help of this software.

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3 Steps to Convert FLAC to Windows Media Player Compatible Format

Before we start the process, free downloadfree download the software and install it on your PC.

Here, we will take converting FLAC to WAV as an example.

Import FLAC Files to the FLAC Converter

Step 1. Import FLAC Files to the FLAC Converter

To solve Windows Media Player FLAC playback issue, firstly, launch the easy-to-use FLAC converter on your computer, go to "Converter", then click "Add Files" to add your desired FLAC files to the program, or you can just drag and drop them to the Video Converter interface.

Choose WAV and Continue the Process

Step 2. Choose WAV and Continue the Process

Click the output format icon on the right of the interface and select WAV under the "Audio" tab.

Unlike Windows Media Player FLAC codec, WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro gives more options such as WAV, MP3, WMA... You can convert the audio to other formats or directly to a certain device to solve file playback issues.

Start to Convert FLAC to WAV

Step 3. Start to Convert FLAC to WAV

After choosing the WAV format, just click RUN button to start the conversion process. Of course, before that, you can click the triangle icon in the bottom of the main interface to change the output path.

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As we mentioned above, there are 2 easy ways to solve Windows Media Player FLAC playback issue. Of course, you can choose some Windows Media Player alternatives with abundant built-in audio/video decoders to directly play FLAC files.

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