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Ultimate Geek

# 96256 23-Jan-2012 20:17
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I have a  ton of instructional videos I need to use and my MP12 on Win7 keeps telling me I can't play them, which are in Microsoft's own format. Windows Media Video (WMV)

"Windows Media Player cannot play, burn, rip, or sync the file because a required audio codec is not installed on your computer."

Windows Media Player error C00D11C7Windows Media Player can't play, burn, or sync the file because a required codec isn't installed on your computer.

Yet its their own file type!!!!

Its really pissing me off, I have scoured the net looking for a solution, and everyone talks around the topic but so far have not found a single solution. Years of programming videos are at stake.

Does anyone have a solution? I am running stock Win 7 home, but its also been reported on Win7 professional as well.

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  # 572525 23-Jan-2012 21:10
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WMV is just a container

you need a codec for whoever encoded the files          

Where did the files come from?

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  # 572526 23-Jan-2012 21:16
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Grab a copy of MediaInfo ( and paste the output here, we'll be able to let you know which CODEC you are missing.


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  # 572539 23-Jan-2012 21:54
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Woah people still use Windows Media Player? I can't even remember what it looks like.

Could give VLC Media Player a go, plays almost everything you chuck at it, opensource and available at

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Ultimate Geek

  # 572541 23-Jan-2012 22:00
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Thanks guys :-) VLC didn't open them either

Here is the output from the program

Complete name                    : D:\Media\2559B_02d005.wmv
Format                           : Windows Media
File size                        : 3.92 MiB
Duration                         : 2mn 50s
Overall bit rate                 : 192 Kbps
Maximum Overall bit rate         : 206 Kbps
Encoded date                     : UTC 2002-01-29 02:47:39.296

ID                               : 2
Format                           : Screen Video
Codec ID                         : MSS1
Codec ID/Info                    : Windows Screen Video
Codec ID/Hint                    : Windows
Description of the codec         : Windows Media Screen V7
Bit rate                         : 187 Kbps
Width                            : 804 pixels
Height                           : 604 pixels
Display aspect ratio             : 4:3
Bit depth                        : 8 bits

ID                               : 1
Format                           : ACELP
Format profile                   : .net
Codec ID                         : 130
Codec ID/Hint                    : Sipro
Description of the codec         : - 16 Kbits/s, 16000Hz, Mono
Duration                         : 2mn 50s
Bit rate                         : 18.3 Kbps
Channel(s)                       : 1 channel
Sampling rate                    : 16.0 KHz
Bit depth                        :  bit0
Stream size                      : 382 KiB (10%)

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  # 572543 23-Jan-2012 22:01
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Download the Shark007 codec pack from the below link. Any file you will open in WMP will run flawlessly including .mkv format

Do whatever you want to do man.


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Uber Geek

  # 572565 23-Jan-2012 23:18
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or try the Klite codec pack which will also install the classic media player which plays anything, i have used it for years and haven't come across a media file it wont play. i just use the standard pack but they all work

Common sense is not as common as you think.

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  # 572568 23-Jan-2012 23:35
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looks like its using pretty old video and audio codecs - mss1 and - and its probably that you dont have these codecs installed.

try the following codec download from


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Wannabe Geek

  # 609784 16-Apr-2012 04:47
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Hi there

Any solution to this problem? I am confrunted with the exact same issue: have a lot of edu material i cannot play. Known codec packs do not help. VLC plays audio only - with a huge impact on my CPU, All other media players with a LOT of codec packs, play video only.

Windows Media Player gives error - and this is one of the biggest misleads i have ever seen, and one MS rule proves to be right again: MS products sometime are not backward compatible (eg the monster called IE - a webdevelopers nightmare - is not compatible with itself - it needs a button and comp. mode - grrrr). It is like a file made in Photoshop5 cannot be opened in Photoshop7 :)

Anyways, after hours of research i found out that MSS1 is a screencast codec from MS what is NOT included in Windows 7  or Windows Media Player 12, and cannot be downloaded either - from anywhere. A big dead end!

I hope others could do something about this, and i am really interested in a solution!

Converting videos is not an option from 2 main reasons: converter also needs to decode video first so needs a codec, and who will want to convert hundreds of hours of videos?


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  # 609823 16-Apr-2012 09:07
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you could try KMPlayer , havent found anything that it wont play.

Common sense is not as common as you think.

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  # 610206 16-Apr-2012 20:14
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did you try the download link I put in my post?

if that's not working, perhaps you can post a link to some content that you're having trouble accessing and we can take a look at it?

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Uber Geek

  # 610213 16-Apr-2012 20:27
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Note, if you're downloading torrents with .wmvs, some of them are actually viruses and have a link for you to click to "download a codec". Of course, that link is actually a link to a website that will try to exploit your browser and install malware on it.

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Wannabe Geek

  # 610231 16-Apr-2012 21:19
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Yes i tried that link, no help.

Yes i tried KMplayer - same: plays video only, no audio.

The files are like 40MB vids, so i cannot really add as attachment, but i will try to upload on a file sharing site somewhere.

Thanks for the replies!

PS: any reliable fileshare website where i could upload? Did not found any.

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Master Geek

  # 610246 16-Apr-2012 21:41
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qfreddie:...PS: any reliable fileshare website where i could upload? Did not found any. works well for me.

I have about 4GB of file there. All legal GPS maps. Easy downloading and no waiting.


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  # 610300 17-Apr-2012 02:58
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Thanks for the info. Here is a video file:

Speech is hungarian but if you get there to hear it, it will not matter, as the problem will be solved :)

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Uber Geek

  # 610301 17-Apr-2012 04:18
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if they wont play in VLC then they are either corrupt or encoded with very strange codecs that almost nobody uses.

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