AVI files play on work computer but home computer states NOT AVI

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When I play certain AVI files at work they are fine. But the same files played on my home computer wont. I have tried to ascertain if I have the right codecs but that doesn’t seem to be the problem. The problem is any player (vlc KMPlayer Nero Media hub etc.) state that they are NOT AVI files. And sure enough, when you do a hex dump there seems to be gobbledegook in the header instead of the proper “RIFF...+AVI” at the start.
So how come the same file played by the same player VLC works on my computer at work? And more importantly what can I do to allow it to play on my home computer?

All and any suggestions most welcome. Thanks in advance for your time. reply

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