Why can't I open .wmv files?

I have a computer question. I receive a lot of forwarded emails with movie clip attachments and whatnot (with a .wmv format). When I click to open it, it asks me to either FIND a program online to open it or to SAVE it. If I SAVE it, then I can open it. I then delete it. I used to be able to just OPEN it without all this crap! Can anyone remedy this situation? Thanks for you help all you computer techies!


I have WMP (Windows Media Player) already downloaded. Hence...I can open the file only once I've saved it. I'm confused.

5 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Have you installed any new media players like QuickTime? If so it may have became your default media player. QuickTime will not open .wmv formatted files. Try downloading the file and save it to your desktop. Right click on the file and select "Open With" and select WMP and see if that works. If WMP is not available then something happened to your media player and you need to reinstall it.


    Apple will make there software defaults if you install them. If you installed iTunes then you probably have QuickTime too and it is probably set as default.

    Hope this helps you!!!

    Good Luck!!!!

    Made on a Mac!!!

  • 1 decade ago

    Download windows media player and open the .wmv with that

  • 1 decade ago

    open Windows Media Player

    Tools \ options \ file Types

    select them all - there is a button for it



  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    This is weird.

    I would suggest you download divX player.

    Much more better as it plays ANY movie file.

    Try it: http://www.divx.com/

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  • 1 decade ago

    you need wmp to play it

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