I cannot play a link containing a .wma file. I get 'Internet Explorer Cannot Display the Webpage.' I can save the file and play it. I have IE8 installed in Vista and the link works. I do not have any other player installed. Any ideas?
OK, I have clicked on the .wmv file and chose open,.
This is a 170MB Windows Media Video file.
I use a program called Video Lan player and that's what it opened up with.
You're should actually open with Windows Media Player if that is the only audio/video program you have installed. But Windows Media Player can be quite fussy and may not allow you to open it due to security reasons.
You can download Video Lan player here to give it a try and see if it opens:
Thanks, I downloaded VLC and it actually saves the file prior to playing it. So there really is not any difference from Media Player. I could consider using VLC as my default player. I see you are using it, what are the advantages?
Thanks for your help.
I am going to make VLC my default player. I went to several other websites with video links and Media Player would not open the webpage, whereas VLC would save and play them! It must be some security thing, as I turned my firewall and antivirus without success. I am not going to pullout my hair over this.
Someone from Microsoft TechNet suggested:
'This indicates to me that the local MIME type association is broken. You can reset that by going to the Default Programs:Set Program Access and Computer Defaults control panel tool to set WMP as the default.'
It worked, problem solved.