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MPEG File Extension

MPEG Movie

What is MPEG file?

MPEG is a file extension commonly associated with MPEG Movie files. MPEG files are supported by software applications available for devices running . MPEG file format, along with 546 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.

Programs which support MPEG file extension

MPEG files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

How to open file with MPEG extension?

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.

Step 1. Download and install Windows Media Player

Install software to open MPEG file 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.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Windows Media Player

Update software that support file extension MPEGYou 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.

Step 3. Set the default application to open MPEG files to Windows Media Player

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.

Associate software with MPEG file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the MPEG with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Windows Media Player is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open MPEG files and clicking OK.
Associate software with MPEG file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected MPEG file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with MPEG extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Verify that the MPEG is not faulty

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.

Check MPEG file for viruses
1. Verify that the MPEG in question is not infected with a computer virus

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.

2. Verify that the MPEG file’s structure is intact

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.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

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.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Windows Media Player

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.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

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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