I'm trying to convert some video files on Linux which can be played on what I assume is a default installation of Windows XP. I don't have access to the machine they will be played on, and the user who will play them doesn't have admin rights to install new codecs or media players.

I have tried .mpeg, which didn't work. I assume .wmv would be a possibility, but I'm finding it difficult to find a way to convert .mpeg to .wmv on Linux.

Are there other media formats which should be playable on a default installation of Windows XP?

  • I think mpeg1, but not mpeg2 (DVD format etc) would work on the default XP installation. Oct 8, 2009 at 1:03

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Microsoft has an extensive list in their knowledge-base detailing all of the codecs installed with Windows Media Player 9 & 10, the default for XP.

I would probably suggest one of the following:

  • WMV
  • Microsoft MPEG-4 (AKA VC1)
  • note that's not "fresh install" default. XP originally came with WMP 7, i believe. i think 9 got forcibly installed with SP2 if you hadn't updated it already. Oct 8, 2009 at 1:04
  • Did XP necessarily have WMP at all? The copy of Windows 7 that I got from work didn't have WMP preinstalled. Aug 21, 2013 at 20:10

if u can't install a player or codecs u can use MPlayer (just download, un-zip, create a shortcut to mplayer and drop a video file on it or associate to that extension). This player has build-in all codecs you need and u don't need to install (so, u don't have to be an admin)


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