Why do video files on the Internet download to my computer rather than playing in the Player?

September 7, 2007

Windows Media Player isn’t configured to play the video file format. When you click the link on the Web page to the video file, the file is downloaded to the cache for your Web browser, and then a Windows dialog box is displayed that allows you to select a program that can play the file type. To select Windows Media Player to play the downloaded video file, do the following:

1. In the Windows dialog box, click Select the program from a list and then click the OK button.

To configure the Player to be the default Player for all file types (and avoid encountering dialog boxes when clicking links to video on the Internet), see the question, “How do I make Windows Media Player my default Player?” in the Media Advice archive.

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