MPEG is a file extension commonly associated with MPEG Movie files. MPEG files are supported by software applications available for devices running Android, iOS, Linux, Mac OS, Windows. MPEG file format, along with 484 other file formats, belongs to the Video Files category. Windows Media Player supports MPEG files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 56 other tools may also be used. On the official website of Microsoft Corporation developer not only will you find detailed information about theWindows Media Player software, but also about MPEG and other supported file formats.
The following list contains programs grouped by 5 operating systems that support MPEG files. MPEG files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.
Problems with accessing MPEG may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with MPEG files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.
The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening MPEG files is that no program that can handle MPEG files is installed on user’s system. This one is an easy one. Select Windows Media Player or one of the recommended programs (for example, Winamp, iTunes, QuickTime Player) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Windows Media Player website and download the installer.
You still cannot access MPEG files although Windows Media Player is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why MPEG files are not compatible with Windows Media Player. The most recent version of Windows Media Player is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.
After installing Windows Media Player (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open MPEG files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.
Selecting the first-choice application in Windows
Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS
You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper MPEG file. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.
If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the MPEG file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. MPEG file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.
Did you receive the MPEG file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. If the MPEG file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.
There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the MPEG Movie file.
The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support MPEG files. Close all running programs and try opening the MPEG file.
Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with MPEG Movie files and ensure security of your device and operating system. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle MPEG files.
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