How to Repair MP4 File that Won't Play on Windows 10?

Can't play MP4 file on Windows 10 computer? Well, it is the case where your MP4 video is hard to play when you try to open it. No need to panic, you just need some technical support on how to play damaged MP4 files on Windows 10 PC. Read this article completely to know the exact way out.

Let us see a scenario in brief: “I upgraded my Windows 8 OS to Windows 10 and now none of my MP4 videos play. I get a standard error message saying 'Media player cannot play the file. The player may now support the file type or may not support the codec that was used to compress the file'. When I was using Window 8 OS, all files were playing fine without any issues. I have tried in all other video player and got same error in most of the players; but in few player, the video was choppy with fine audio. Any kind of suggestions are welcomed to fix this problem”.

MP4 consists of many parts like audio/video codec and subtitles, etc - the core point is codecs. If you can't open MP4 file after Windows OS upgrade, the main possibility may be of codec error. Before going on to see the solution make sure that file is not corrupted or damaged, because damaged files cannot be played in any of the media player on any platform.

Surprisingly, VLC player is top recommended to tackle how to play MP4 file on Windows, but still file issues may exist. Hence, follow the steps given below to resolve the mystery of unplayable MP4 videos on Windows 10. Before trying, carry multiple backup of your MP4 files

  • Check output mode setting to play MP4: Go to video setting in preferences and check the box 'Enable Video' and check for 'Window Decorations'. Now set the output drop-down menu to X11 video output and save the above setting and restart the VLC player. If this process does not help to play your MP4 file, download codec pack from VLC official website to play corrupted video file.

Windows media player is also one of the recommended players to play damaged MP4 files on Windows 10 computer. Just do the following:

  • Updating WMP to version 12: Windows users commonly use Windows media player, which does not support MP4 file aboriginally. However, the good news is that you can upgrade the player to version 12 which supports MP4 video file on Windows 10 computer.
  • Downloading codecs: Since MP4 contains numerous video and audio codecs and subtitles streams which are not compatible on Windows media player, the entire video may fail to play. It is better to download newly released codec package and check for its approach.
  • Convert MP4 file to supported format: WMP may contain odd MP4 codecs that makes the video not to play on Windows 10 desktop. Then, you can use video converter tool to help you convert MP4 video into other video format (AVI, MKV, etc.) for WMP.

If none of these procedure works, it is suggested to use reliable third party product to repair and recover MP4 video file that do not play on Windows 10 system.

Salient features of the utility:

Yodot MOV Repair application can fix MP4 file that won't play on Windows 10 computer. This utility is designed efficiently to solve all problems related to MP4 files along with various video files. It can fix MP4 file format error that is stored on flash drive, memory card, portable hard drives and other storage devices without any trouble. This application has user friendly interface such that even non-technical user can perform MP4 file repair with ease. Addition to Windows 10, this software compatibly works with Windows 10, Windows 8.x, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems Yodot showcases another video repair tool called Yodot AVI Repair to easily fix bad AVI files on both Mac and Windows computer. Mac systems such as Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite and El Capitan.

How to use the product?

  • Successfully download Yodot MOV Repair application on your computer (Available for both Windows and Mac OS)
  • Install and run the program by following instructions given on main screen
  • Select “Open” button to choose MP4 file that is not playing; also choose a healthy MP4 video as reference
  • Now click on “Repair” button to initiate scanning procedure
  • After completion of scan process, glance over fixed file by clicking on “Preview repaired file” option and save it

Valuable Tips:

  • After upgrading your Computer OS to Windows 10, update the codecs for media player to avoid issues with MP4 video files
  • It is suggested not to change MP4 file type to any other file extension needlessly

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