Try the microsoft website...update windows and media player(if available). i don’t quite understand why this problem is happening...wmv is windows media video...one would think that something should be able to play media that was designed for it.
This is my problem, when the error is shown after I try and play the wmv file media player automatically gives you the choice to search Microsoft for the file but it comes up with nothing to download
the error that comes up is as follows
The WMV1 codec is required to play this file. To determineif this codec is available to download from the web, click web help.
Web help button then takes you to http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/support/missingplugin.asp?codec=WMV1
which bring the message Windows Media Player cannot play the file because the required codec cannot be found. To determine how to obtain the codec identified as WMV1, contact the provider.
Does not happen to all WMV file on this computer either just a few here and there. Seeing that I have had no-one even tell me they are having the same problem I am even more confused.
I am having the same problem. The weird thing is it just started happening after I downloaded an .avi codec pack.
For example, I had a certain file that played fine and then I downloaded some codec stuff (for other files) and now those original files keep giving me that “wmv1 codec error'. Its weird and frustrating let me know if you figure it out and I will do the same. Good luck.
I had this same problem. I solved it by installing Windows Media Encoder 7.1.
However, some time later, the problem returned. I uninstalled it and reinstalled it, and it fixed it again.
I’m not sure what all had been installed in between, but I’m keeping a log now.
You can find the encoder from Microsoft at
Hope this works for you.
I to got the same error for a game, here is the link to the file to solve this problem, it also contains many other codecs for WMP. Hope this helps you.
Download the file: FFmpeg version 0.4.8
Yeah FFMPEG doesn’t use external codecs. It’s a filter based system and is stand-alone.
Effectively you can uninstall codecs and just use the filter to watch movies. The stability of a movie’s playback will all be down to the ability of the filter.
VideoLAN and MPlayer are both media players based on the FFMPEG project:
people, i have a movie to decode & encode to DIVX!:)
Used to be an asf (VDUB1.5 complained) now it’s an avi. (thanks to ASFTools) (VDub complains no more) Already instaled wmv9VCMsetup.exe & wmfdist.exe and now VD15 says its a M$ WMV9 video stream w/ a “Unknown (tag 0162)" 6channel audio stream... what audio codec has tag 0162? where do you check that kind of info?
many thanks even if you cant help me!
I have just went and installed the following file and I saw the file that was giving me the codec error.
The file is :WMEncoder.exe found at the following website
Hae been trying a few of the sujestions but the problem always returns!!!
Anyway I downloaded 3 files from Microsoft and installed them all unfortunatly not sure which individual program fixed or combination of all 3
WM9Codecs.exe (This has been sujested before)
I am fairly sure they were all from the microsoft site. I was that sick of trying to fix the problem that I didn’t grab exact link to where they were sorry