How to get Windows 8 to be able to read MPG or MPEG-2 video files?

I just bought a Lenovo ThinkPad 2 with Windows 8 (not Pro).  I love the tablet - it is really an improved replacement for the iPad!  

My problem is that I record videos on a Sony video camera and they are saved as MPG files.  When I click on the file to look at it on the ThinkPad, the audio plays but there is no video.  

Temporarily, I downloaded a trial version of Cyberlink PowerDVD from the Lenovo website and this allows playing the video clips with both audio and video.  My question is what is the Microsoft alternative to this?  I am wondering if upgrading to Windows Pro and downloading the Windows 8 Media Center Pack will allow me to see audio on MPEG-2 / MPG files?



The short answer is yes...with the exception of DVD disks or Files...

WMP 12 will no longer play them due to licensing issues, but Media Center will.


Activating Media Center will furnish most all of the codecs it and Media Player will need.


One problem though...I don't think you can upgrade Win 8 to Pro with the promotion you are considering...It is my belief that you must purchase the Windows 8 Pro Pack.


Take a look at this link....

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Last updated June 28, 2020 Views 16,646 Applies to: