Can’t Open WMV Files

Dear Computer Lady,

I use OE and some of my emails will have a attachment ending in WMV but I cannot open it.

Can you tell me how to open those emails?

Thanks, Dianne

Dear Dianne,

Files that end in .wmv are Windows Media Video files. You can play them with several programs, the most common is probably Windows Media Player. I don’t know if you have Windows Media Player, or what version you have, but you can download the latest version of Media Player at:

Another option for playing WMV files is the free program, Irfanview at You need to install not only the program, but also all the plugins (they are all in one file on the irfanview website).

Once you have Irfanview and the plugins installed, you will need to set it up to play .wmv files. Here is how to do that:

1. Open Irfanview.
2. Click on “Options” in the menu bar, then click on “Set File Associations…”.
3. In the list of Extensions, scroll down until you find WMV and click to select it with a check mark in the box.
4. Click the “OK” button to close the dialog box, and save your changes.

I hope one of these two options help you to play your files.


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