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I've got some regular CDs that I cannot get to play on my Windows 7 (64 bit) system. When I try to play them I get the message:

"Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The Player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress the file."

This is a relatively new system so I've never tried playing CDs on it before. Do I need to load a specific codec to play CDs? I would think Windows would play CDs out of the box.

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What are these regular CDs? Are they actually video or audio CDs, or just data discs? Can you open them from (My) Computer? – Om Nom Nom Jun 29 '10 at 15:25
@Om Nom Nom - I would guess that they are audio CDs from the [audio] tag the OP used. – ChrisF Jun 29 '10 at 15:32
"I would think Windows would play CDs out of the box." It should – Moab Jun 29 '10 at 20:26
Could it be your CD/DVD Rom is going bad? Does it play any other optical media? – Hondalex Jun 29 '10 at 21:26
They are audio CDs. Music CDs, Like you would buy from the store. Standard commercial, published, CDs containing signed artists, the Beatles, 50 Cent, Lady GaGa, that sort of CD – GregH Jun 30 '10 at 3:54
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WMP comes with pre-installed codecs which have never satisfied me. You should install a codec pack and try again. I personally recommend CCCP Codec Pack.

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Installing a codec pack to play a regular audio CD is crazy. – ThatGraemeGuy Jun 29 '10 at 15:28
Believe it or not. This seems to have solved the problem. – GregH Jun 30 '10 at 4:02
My new Windows 7 box wouldn't recognize audio or MP3 CDs in either of my two drives (one internal, one external (even though I was already burning DVDs with external drive). The iTunes diagnostic reported "unable to access audio cd." But I installed CCCP and all is as it should be. Thanks! – user159881 Sep 18 '12 at 3:54

Have you scanned the system for malware lately?

You can run System File Checker (SFC), see if it replaces any missing or corrupted system files


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