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Play MOV Files on Windows 10

MOV files not played with WMP on Windows 10

For PC users who have just upgraded their computer OS to the new Windows 10, they often reflects that they fail to play MOV files on Windows 10 just as the condition listed below:

"My PC is running windows 10. The windows media player that came with it won't play .mov files from my Sony video cam."

Why Windows Media Player not play MOV files on Windows 10

MOV is a container file developed by Apple and it is exclusively used by their native QuickTime frame work. Apple by default has the capabilities to play a MOV video file, but when it comes to Windows Media Player, it would be another story.

From Windows Media Player supported file types page, we can see that it only supports to handle QuickTime MOV file. In addition, only QuickTime files version 2.0 or earlier can be played in Windows Media Player. Later versions of QuickTime require the proprietary Apple QuickTime Player. From this information, we can conclude that you try to play other types of MOV files such as DVCPro MOV files or QuickTime files after version 2.0, Windows Media Player will fail to open them on Windows 10.

Related article: Play AVI with Windows Media Player | Play MP4 on Windows Media Player | Play MKV with Windows Media Player

3 Solutions to fix MOV playback with Windows Media Player on Windows 10

Solution 1: Download K-Lite Codecs

Windows Media Player comes packed into Windows. Since it is a default application it lacks several codecs required to play variation of different video formats such as .3gp, mov, etc. In order to fix this, you will download the codecs.

To download the codec for MOV files, click (here). Once the codec pack is downloaded, run it and install it, whilst installing the codecs make sure you uncheck any third party softwares bundled with the codec pack. Reboot your PC and then try playing the .MOV file in Windows Media Player.

Solution 2: Find Windows Media Player alternative to play MOV files

Besides Windows Media Player, there are still some powerful yet free media players software on Windows can handle different types of MOV files. The following part has listed 3 for you as a reference:

1. Media Player Classic

Media Player Classic which is a very light weight media player that can easily play many media files, including MOV files. It is stand-alone utility which doesn't installs and runs immediately. After the file has been downloaded, extract it (because it compressed in a zip file) and then Double click the mplayerc.exe to run it. Drag the MOV file and drop it on Media Player Classic to play it.

2. VLC

VLC short for (Video LAN) is an open source video player. It comes with most codecs packed into it which lets the user play tons of files. After the file has been downloaded, run it and install it. Once done, drag the .mov file onto it or open it from within the player.

3. KMPlayer

KMPlayer is a versatile multiple media player which can cover various different types of contained formats. Without any separate codec, you are capable of playing any media files with KMPlayer's internal codec. The supported formats including VCD, DVD, AVI, MKV, Ogg, OGM, 3GP, MPEG-1/2/4, WMV, RealMedia, FLV and QuickTime. It has a significant user base and has received strong ratings and reviews on mayor independent download sites.

Solution 3: Transcode unsupported MOV for WMP Playback on Windows 10

If above listed solutions still don't fix Windows 10 MOV playback issue and you don't want to download the codecs or other free media player apps on your computer. Then you can choose to fix the format incompatible issue by perform a transcoding process.

Although there are many free video converter for Windows 10 such as Handbrake, Format Factory, Freemakemkv Video Converter, MPEG Streamclip, FFmpeg, etc can convert MOV video for Windows Media Player on Windows 10, however, you may be disappointed to find that some of them such as Handbrake, FFmpeg, FFmpeg are too complicated to use, others like Format Factory or Freemake Video Converter may lacks the ability to handle certain MOV files, in addition, they also try to install unwanted software on your computer.

If you are looking for a simple to use, powerful yet reliable and safe application to do the conversion job, we highly recommend Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate to you. The program has perfect importing support for different types of MOV files, both QuickTime MOV and DVCPro MOV files are included. Thanks to its batch conversion mode, you can import multiple MOV files into the application for conversion at one time.

The application can assist you to easily convert unsupported MOV files to Windows Media Player Windows Media Player compatible file types in various different file formats. Here, we highly recommended you to choose the WMV file format, which is native supported by Windows Media Player without installing extra codec. Here, you can produce 3 types of WMV files with our program, if you wish to have a fast conversion speed, you can ouput a WMV file with WMV2 (WMV8) codec, if you care much about output file quality, just select the "WMV3(WMV9)(*.wmv)" file which helps to produce a high quality wmv file with VC-1 codec. You can also choose to output an "HD WMV" format if you wish to preserve the original high definition quality.

How to Convert MOV for Windows Media Player Playing on Windows 10?

Step 1: Load MOV files into the application.

Click "Add Video" button to load MOV files to the program. You can also directly drag the video files into the program directly.

Load MOV files into the application

Step 2. Output Windows Media Player supported WMV file formats.

Output fast conversion speed WMV2(WMV8) file

Output fast conversion speed WMV2(WMV8) file

Output high quality WMV3 (WMV9) file

Output high quality WMV3 (WMV9) file

Output WMV HD file

Output WMV HD file

Step 3: Begin the conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit the "Convert" button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from MOV to Windows Media Player supported WMV file format.

When the conversion is finished, click "Open Output Folder" icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then you will have no problem to play converted MOV files ON Windows 10 with Windows Media Player.

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