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vertical line divider The Windows Media Player/WMP (for .wmv and .wma files) comes with the Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7 operating systems. Windows 7 uses Windows Media Player 12. All others, including Vista,  use Windows Media Player 11.  For Windows XP, the default version that comes with these is typically an earlier version. We recommend upgrading to version 11.

Once you know the version of Windows you are using, go to this webpage  - - and choose the version appropriate to your operation system:  Most versions of Win XP or Vista can use WMV 11. Win XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) can only use WMV 10.

Great ideaIf you do not know what version of the Windows operating system you are using, there are two ways to check:

  1. Click the My Computer icon on your desktop, then the "Help > About Windows" menu options.
  2. Click the Start Button Menu at the lefthand bottom of your screen, then select Control Panel, then System. Under the General tab, it will tell about the version.
Macintosh applications
Note for Mac users: You can download free Flip4Mac™ software to play Windows Media files (.wma and .wmv) directly in your QuickTime Player. More info is: here


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