How to Play Movie Clips in Windows Media Player

by Gregory Hamel

Windows Media Player (WMP) is a program that comes bundled as the default video player on Windows-based PCs. Windows Media Player supports a variety of video formats including WMV, AVI and MPEG and has several utility features such as CD burning and ripping. There are several different versions of WMP, but opening a video or movie clip with WMP is a basic computing task which is carried out in the same manner with different versions of the program.

Browse your computer for the video clip you wish to open with Windows Media Player.

Right-click on the video clip and point to "Open With."

Click "Windows Media Player." The video clip will open in WMP. If WMP is not an option in the program list that appears under "Open With," you'll have to browse for it.

Click "Choose Program" or "Choose Default Program" in the "Open with" menu, then click "Browse," locate Windows Media Player, select it, click "Open," and then select "Windows Media Player" from the program list.


  • check Windows Media Player is not compatible with all video file formats. If you attempt to open a video file with WMP player and receive a message that the file is incompatible or the file simply does not play it may be an unsupported file type.

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About the Author

Gregory Hamel has been a writer since September 2008 and has also authored three novels. He has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from St. Olaf College. Hamel maintains a blog focused on massive open online courses and computer programming.