What video formats does Windows Vista Home Premium recognize?
Are you trying to view a video with Windows Media Player? If so what type of file are you trying to view? I apologize if I have misunderstood your question.
The most basic video formats are WMV, MP4, AVI, MOV etc. which can be recognized by the Windows Vista built-in Windows Media Player 11.
Just Install Community Codec Pack : http://www.cccp-project.net/
Windows Media Player will be able to play almost all formats including MKV..
just in K-lite codec pack and it will recognize a lot of formats :
I use Windows Vista Home Premium on my laptop. It recognizes a lot of formats, like the users above mentioned. However, I think this is not enough. I recommend you download and install codecs if you watch and download a lot of movies online. I myself downloaded and installed codec packs like shark007 or K-lite codecs. Also, download VLC Player or Media Player Classic in case your default media player can't read other popular formats.
Continuing from Paul P., you can download K-Lite Mega Codec pack (http://codecguide.com/download_mega.htm), i've used it for years and it plays everything i throw at it.
Change your Media player to something like PotPlayer or VLC and they already include the codecs to play most movie formats.
It can support a number of formats. here is the list.
The most basic video formats are WMV, MP4, ASF, AVI, MOV etc. which can be recognized by the Windows Vista built-in Windows Media Player 11.
Vista has Windows Media Player 11.
From this Microsoft page is
Windows Media Player 11
Windows Media Player 11 supports many different types of video files including the Windows Media Video format (WMV,) the Advanced Systems Format (ASF,) the Microsoft Digital Recording format (DVR-MS,) the Audio Visual Interleave format (AVI,) the Moving Pictures Experts Group formats (MPG, MPEG, M1V and MP2,) the Quicktime formats in version 2.0 or earlier (MOV and QT,) and Indeo Video Technology (IVF.)
Vista has Windows Media Player 11. From this Microsoft page, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316992, supported formats are:
Windows Media formats (.asf, .wma, .wmv, .wm)
Windows Media Metafiles (.asx, .wax, .wvx, .wpl)
Microsoft Digital Video Recording (.dvr-ms)
Windows Media Download Package (.wmd)
Audio Visual Interleave (.avi)
Moving Pictures Experts Group (.mpg, .mpeg, .m1v, .mp2, .mp3, .mpa, .mpe, .mpv2, .m3u)
Musical Instrument Digital Interface (.mid, .midi, .rmi)
Audio Interchange File Format ( .aif, .aifc, .aiff)
Sun Microsystems and NeXT (.au, .snd)
Audio for Windows (.wav)
CD Audio Track (.cda)
Indeo Video Technology (.ivf)
Windows Media Player Skins (.wmz, .wms)
QuickTime Content (.mov, .qt) - Version 2.0 or earlier are supported.
**Not supported are:
RealNetworks content (.ra, .rm, .ram)
QuickTime content (.mov, .qt)
Free Lossless Audio Codec (.flac)
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