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WMV file format description

Many people share .wmv files without attaching instructions on how to use it. Yet it isn’t evident for everyone which program a .wmv file can be edited, converted or printed with. On this page, we try to provide assistance for handling .wmv files.

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.wmv - Windows Media Video

WMV file is a Windows Media Video. Windows Media Video (WMV) is a generic name for the set of video codec technologies developed by Microsoft.

.wmv file format description:
WMV format
Windows Media Player
Video files
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Windows Media Video related links:
Windows Media Video related extensions:
DVD Audio Object
Advanced Systems Format Media
Advanced Stream Redirector
Sony ATRAC3 Compressed Audio
Sun Audio File
Microsoft Video for Windows Movie

Naturally, other applications may also use the .wmv file extension. Even harmful programs can create .wmv files. Be especially cautious with .wmv files coming from an unknown source!

Can't open a .wmv file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Windows can't open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select one from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To avoid this error, you need to set the file association correctly.

The .wmv file extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

amv, wvm, wnv, wmf, wmc, wm, qmv, mv, dmv, wv, wmg, wmd, wmb, smv, mwv

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

Similar file extensions in our database:

AMV Encoded Video
Grand Theft Auto V Navmesh Data
3D Gamestudio Compiled Map
Adobe Acrobat Parsing Rules
WavPack Audio
WordStar 2000 Macro

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