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[Solved] 4 Practical and Useful Ways for Windows Media Player WebM Playback

Author by Flora

Updated on July 26, 2022

Have no idea why you can't play WebM format files on Windows Media Player? Looking for ways to solve this problem? So you've come to the right place. I will introduce you 4 flexible methods to settle Windows Media Player WebM playback glitch. Before you start, you can download a free tool to help you convert and play WebM files.

How to Play WebM Files on Windows?

Q: I had Windows 7 and Windows Media Player 12 was the default for playing WebM videos. It was already set up this way...but now with Windows 10, it doesn't even know what they are, it says the extension is unknown to the player. Does anyone know what's up with this?

A: In fact, WebM is a container format for web streaming. It contains VP8/VP9 video codec and Vorbis/Opus audio codec, which are not officially supported by Windows Media Player 12. Therefore, it cannot be directly played using WMP. However, since you saw this article, you have come to the right place. Here are 4 ways to solve the problem of Windows Media Player WebM playback.

Solution 1- Install WebM Media Foundation Components

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For Windows Media Player 12 on Windows 7 or 8, you need to install WebM Media Foundation Components to implement.

Step 1: Firstly, please download and install the components below

Step 2: Once you have installed the components, you can play your WebM file directly. As for how to view WebM files on PC, it’s clear that I don’t have to say more.

Solution 2- Install WebM Codec for Windows Media Player

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Step 1: Download the K-Lite Codec Pack

First of all, visit There are 4 types of pack for you to choose: Basic, Standard, Full and Mega. If there is no other requirement, just download Basic.

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Step 2: Install the Windows Media Player WebM Codec

Follow the prompts to install the K-Lite Codec Pack step by step. Choosing the Installation Mode as Normal mode. Then just press Next button to go on your installation. Note: when you are choosing the video player, you must choose Windows Media Player and all others choose the default option. Now you can use the Windows Media Player to play WebM videos.

Solution 3- Convert WebM to Windows Media Player Supported Formats

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WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory makes you convert WebM file to other feasible formats effortlessly. Moreover, it allows you to play more other formats file on Windows such as AVI, MP4, MKV, WMV, VOB, etc. Try it now!

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Step 1: Open the Converter interface and load your WebM file into the program by clicking Add Files button or dragging it into the interface directly.

Step 2: Open the formats list and choose WMV as your file output format. Apart from that, it allows you to convert WebM to MP4 in the same way. Besides, it’s easy to convert it into other formats such as WebM to MOV, ASF, and so on.

Step 3: Make sure you complete the previous steps and you need to choose your file path to output the converted file.

Step 4: Clicking Run button to start the converting process. Finally, you will get your new file immediately. If you feel that viewing WebM files is too monotonous, you can also merge multiple video files into one as well as extract audio from video. Changing the video bitrate to improve video quality is also allowed.

Solution 4- Play WebM with Windows Media Player Alternatives

The easiest way is to play WebM files through a third-party player such as VLC player and KMPlayer, etc. VLC player is a free acclaimed player that is installed on a wide range of users' PCs. If you don't have it, you can download it from the official website. It is very easy to play WebM file directly.

Now I have told you a lot of ways to solve the problem that WebM files can't be played in Windows Media Player. You can choose the way you like to play them. If the article is useful to you, please share it with others.

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