For some reason my week old install of Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM can't play .WMV files via Windows Media Player or Windows Media Center. When I double click on a .WMV file, Windows Media Player opens, and says "Media changing" in its HUD. I then get a pop up that reads:
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.
If I try to open a .wmv with windows media center it get the following error message:
Windows Media Center cannot find the specified file. Be sure the path is typed correctly. If it is, the file does not exist at the specified location, or the computer where the file is stored offline.
I've tried several .WMV files including the sample .WMV file that come with Windows 7 called Wildlife.wmv. What's even stranger is that the files will play in Zoom Player. I believe this issue was present before I installed Zoom Player however.
Here is what I've tried so far:
Double checked that Windows Media Player is associated with the .WMV extension. I've done this by checking the association menu and right clicking on a .WMV file -> open with and setting the association that way.
Ran sfc /scannow as administrator as per this thread: http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/GettingReadyforWindows7/thread/bb823460-44df-4e8d-ba2c-42ec0e111e5a
Any ideas would be appreciated.
Edit: Update I just discovered that it won't play .mp3s either, and I seem to remember that it didn't from first boot after install.