How to Play a DivX in Windows Media Player

by Alexander Abbott

Windows Media Player is one of the most commonly used music and video players due to the fact that it comes pre-installed on most computers with a Windows operating system. You can use Windows Media Player to play many file types including WMA, MP3, WAV, WMV and AVI. Unfortunately, most versions of Windows Media Player will not allow you to play the DivX video format without extra software installed. Luckily, installing the required software is easy and can be done without any monetary cost.

How to Play a DivX in Windows Media Player

Turn on your computer and open an Internet browser such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. Go to or and navigate to the "Codec" section of the site.

Download the DivX codec for your Windows operating system. Choose the codec associated with your particular version of Windows, whether it be Vista, XP or any other version. Click the download link, select a download destination and click "OK" to begin the download.

Wait for the download to finish and double-click the downloaded codec file to start the installation process. Follow the instructions on the installation wizard for completing a full installation of the codec. Restart your computer once the installation is complete.

Open Windows Media Player by clicking on the "Start" menu, choosing "All Programs" and selecting "Windows Media Player." Click on the "File" menu and choose "Open" from the drop-down menu. Locate the DivX file you wish to play and click "OK." Make sure the video file plays without any errors.


  • check You should have the latest versions of DirectX and Windows Media Player installed before downloading the DivX codec.

About the Author

Alexander Abbott has more than seven years of experience in digital marketing. He has been a featured blogger for several media companies in Los Angeles and brings expertise in emerging technological trends, as well as international politics. Abbott is a graduate of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

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