How to open WMV file extension?

The author of advice: Mr Brankiewicz

WMV files are incessantly popular. However, a file name containing WMV file extension is problematic for some of the users. They have problems with correct opening of a file with WMV extension. However, it should be remembered that WMV file extension can match one or more types of files. The most popular is Windows Media Video Format but if there are others, you will find information concerning them below.

So, it is worth looking close at the problem concerning WMV files and search for its solution.

A list of programs supporting files types with WMV extension can be found below. Applications are sorted according to appropriate operational systems and their popularity.

  • Windows Media Video Format

    .wmv file extension

    Category: Digital Video Files

    OS Software
    Windows Microsoft Windows Media Player Microsoft Windows Media Player
    Nullsoft Winamp Media Player 5.6 Nullsoft Winamp Media Player 5.6
    CyberLink PowerDVD 10 Mark II CyberLink PowerDVD 10 Mark II
    CyberLink PowerDirector 9 CyberLink PowerDirector 9
    Roxio Creator 2011 Roxio Creator 2011
    Eltima SWF Video Converter Eltima SWF Video Converter
    Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate
    Bitberry Final Media Player Bitberry Final Media Player
    Web browser with the Windows Media Player plugin Web browser with the Windows Media Player plugin
    MAC OS Eltima Elmedia Player Eltima Elmedia Player
    Apple QuickTime Player with Flip4Mac WMV Components Apple QuickTime Player with Flip4Mac WMV Components
    Web browser with Flip4Mac WMV plugin Web browser with Flip4Mac WMV plugin

How to check if a file we want to open is not infected by malware or viruses?

  • Download Malware/viruses removal tool from WMV files in the Windows system.
  • Click “Start scanning” and wait until the programme performs the scanning process on your computer.

What are the reasons of errors concerning WMV extension of files?

The problem that often causes damage concerning WMV extension are Windows system registry errors. That is why, in the first place it is recommended to:

  • Scan computer in order to identify, repair and open the WMV file
  • Check system registry from the angle of hidden errors
  • Repair file’s associations with programs in the system registry

If you are not sure if the above problems concern you, you should consider other frequent irregularities:

  • You do not have an appropriate application installed that supports WMV file extension
  • WMV file is corrupted
  • The application’s version necessary to open the file is not correct
  • The file is not assigned to an appropriate program

Solving problems with WMV files


If WMV file does not open, firstly, it is worth using files associations built in the Windows system with application that can support them. In order to do it, you should double-click a WMV file icon. A list of programs that probably support such a file will appear. It is enough to choose one of them so that Windows would open a given extension with it. Incorrect file’s association will result in Windows trying to open WMV file with a wrong program all the time even if there is an appropriate application supporting this format on a drive. In this case, it is necessary to perform the above mentioned registry scanning and associations’ repair.

If associations are correct and Windows still cannot open the file, most probably the computer does not have appropriate software supporting files with name containing WMV in their extension. The solution to this problem is very simple. You should buy or download a free (if they exist) application that will allow you to open, browse and edit WMV format (You can also try to find more informations on FileInfo). It is no risk because many paid programs have free test versions enabling to check their functionality.

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