File Extension WMV

  • Full name
    Windows Media Video Format
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Have you encountered a problem with a WMV file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a WMV file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your WMV file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


The extension WMV denotes a file in Windows Media Format. These files contain video and audio data. The WMV proprietary video compression technology was developed by Microsoft Corporation and is part of the Windows Media Platform. There are several versions commonly referred to as WMV 7 - 9. These are only compatible with each other downwards.

In addition to the Windows Media Player and numerous software players, many hardware players are able to play WMV.

WMV files can also be protected by digital rights management. In this case, you need the appropriate, possibly paid licenses to view the files.

WMV supports numerous resolutions and quality levels up to HD material. For the latter, there is also a special format called WMVHD available. An extended version of WMV is called VC-1 and is partly used on BluRays and HDDVD.

WMV-encoded videos may also be in other container formats. For example in asf, avi or mkv.

WMV is not available as a retrofittable codec, but must be directly supported by the player or operating system. Wmv files can also be streamed and are therefore widely used on the Internet.

Some programs can handle WMV plugins.

Programs which can open a WMV file

How to open a WMV file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the WMV file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a WMV file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support WMV files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a WMV file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all WMV files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with WMV there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the WMV file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the WMV file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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