How can I make Windows Media Player play .OGG files from the context menu in Windows XP?

Kendrick Greenway January 10, 2013

I’ve ripped the majority of my music collection in .OGG Vorbis format, and I’ve installed the DirectShow filters and codecs from the website. When I select “Play with Windows Media Player” or “Add to Now Playing List” from the context menu on the containing directory, it only opens Windows Media Player without adding any of the media files.

I can still play a group of them or add them to a playlist, but only if I select each individual file rather than a directory. How can I fix it?

  1. Scott Macmillan
    February 27, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I use VLC and don'y worry what the format is.It will play any music and any movie plus the ability to use soft subs.

  2. Nevzat Akkaya
    January 21, 2013 at 8:43 am

    1 more vote for K-Lite codec pack. You can download it from :

  3. salim benhouhou
    January 18, 2013 at 10:00 am
  4. Ashwin Divakaran
    January 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Try another audio player or maybe upgrade WMP to the latest version.

  5. Robbie Blowe
    January 11, 2013 at 5:20 am

    try installing k-lite codec pack and at setup associate the codecs with windows media player,and you can install or not install classic media player which comes with k-lite, but i reccomend you install it by leaving it at default profile but make sure you associate the codecs with WMP when prompted, but if this doesn't work than you have no choice rather then using other media players like VLC

  6. Keven Tao
    January 11, 2013 at 3:59 am

    You can't. Go to google and search up OGG. players.

  7. Jim Chambers
    January 11, 2013 at 2:56 am

    Are you using original Win XP media player (WMP 9) or have you updated to WMP 11?

    • Kendrick Greenway
      January 11, 2013 at 3:42 am

      I had been using WMP 9, but it now works since I upgraded. Thanks!

    • Kendrick Greenway
      January 14, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      So, do I mark this as resolved, or does a MUO guy do it? If it's me, I don't know how...

  8. ha14
    January 10, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Enable .OGG file playback support for Windows Media Player

    M4a/Flac/Ogg/Ape/Mpc Tag Support Plugin for
    Windows Media Player & Media Center v 1.1

    Including files in additional formats in the Library

    Even after you have installed these decoders, Ogg files appear in the Other media category of the Library, and aac and m4a files don't appear in the Library at all.

    However, you can include these files (and some others) if you install the WMP Tag Support Extender plug-in. This software is open source, and therefore free. You can download it from the web page at: On this page, the link to the plug-in is “Download It!”.

  9. Yiz Borol
    January 10, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    This sounds like an bug in WMP and not just for OGG, are you able to play other files like that?

    • Kendrick Greenway
      January 10, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      I've confirmed it works for MIDI, mp3, WAV, and WMA. It doesn't work with FLAC.

      • Yiz Borol
        January 11, 2013 at 11:08 am

        I can't confirm the bug because I don't have any special codecs, but I can recommend just using VLC. I know its not as robust as WMP, but it works really well and it can play everything.

    • Bonnie
      May 18, 2013 at 11:57 am

      OGG files WILL PLAY IN REAL PLAYER FOLKS. I use Windows Xp Home

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