cannot open videos on windows xp

Have windows xp with all updates.  I am not able to open videos.  Used to be able to do it but something has changed.  Have latest  Adobe  flash player and plug-ins and several players.  Have searched for answers but nothing has worked.
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Just one possibility.....

If you have your system set up to receive Automatic Windows Updates...
sometimes...an updated Video Driver will be downloaded and installed
on your system that may not be as compatible as the one it replaces.

The solution is to immediately do a System Restore in Safe Mode to
revert back to the previous driver or go to...Device Manager and Roll
Back to the previous driver.

(306546) HOW TO: Use the Driver Roll Back Feature to Restore
a Previous Version of a Device Driver in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;306546

Another possibility would be to download and install one of the following
codec packs.

(FWIW...it's always a good idea to create a System
Restore point before installing software or updates)

***Proceed At Your Own Risk***

Media Player Codec Pack
http://www.mediaplayercodecpack.com/
(Windows XP - Vista - 7)

K-Lite Codec Pack (Full)
http://www.filehippo.com/download_klite_codec_pack/
(Windows XP - Vista - 7)

Windows 7 Codec Pack
http://download.cnet.com/Windows-7-Codec-Pack/3000-13632_4-10965840.html
(Windows XP - Vista - 7)

Download CCCP (Combined Community Codec Pack)
http://www.cccp-project.net/
(Windows XP - Vista - 7)

Finally...the freeware VLC Media Player can play just about anything
and may be worth a try...

(FWIW...it's always a good idea to create a System
Restore point before installing software or updates)

VLC Media Player
http://www.filehippo.com/download_vlc/
(runs on XP/Vista/7)

VLC Media Player FAQ
http://www.videolan.org/support/faq.html



Good Luck...

.......Volunteer J - MS-MVP......
.....This Is Not Tech Support....
***Proceed at your own risk***

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Last updated March 26, 2018 Views 101 Applies to: