Media Player Closes when I try to play AVI / Xvid files?

I need some help here! When ever I try to play an AVI or XVid file, my Windows Media Player 11 gives me the “Has encountered an error & must close” notice. This is very frustrating! Is there anything that can be done? For some reason I cant even restore my computer to an earlier date!

I’ve downloaded the files thru a bit torrent, they were from aXXo, the files used to work great, then all of a sudden I can’t open / access the files?

Please Help! reply

The same thing i have been facing all of a sudden.
Can anybody help us reply


I had the same problem today, it was fixed when I installed ffdshow:

It’s some sort of multi-codec. reply


Yes, thanx a lot dude Morgu, ffdshow really works now for playing all types of avi files in my wmp11,...but for the link u gave does not work, i got it from n installed it.
Once again thanx a lot. reply


Thanks a lot Morgu, ffdshow fix my problem, now all avi files are playing with windows media player... i got it from Thanks again dude. reply


What if Windows Media Player won’t play AVI files- Solutions:

1. Install AVI codec to play AVI files

2. Play AVI videos in Windows with VLC

3. Convert AVI to Window Media Player friendly video formats with Brorsoft Video Converter or Handbrake.

Mind if I ask where did you get the AVI files? I suggest you to trancode the source AVI to WMV which can be supported by WMP natively. reply


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