Windows can not play WMV3 file?

I downloaded some wmv files from internet. However all my video players are unable to play it. It just display some funny colors or cant open it at all. I try download some video codec and different video player as well, but all failed to display it correctly. I guarantee these few files are working, because i watch the videos in others computer, it’s seem my computer problem. hmm….

I have no choice but get GSpot from http://www.headbands.com/gspot/, GSpot is an useful video tools to identify what is the video’s codec.

I get the following information

Codec : WMV3  Name : WMP v9 (VC-1 Simple/Main)

oh…these few wmv files are WMP 3 file format? After google it, i find out the Codec : WMV3 Name : WMP v9 (VC-1 Simple/Main) is come from windows media play version 10 and 11. However my windows media player is version 9. No wonder i can not display it correct.

I open my windows media player v 9, select upgrade and click it. After upgraded i’m able to play those WMV3 video already. Great!

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