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Can Windows Media Player play MP4?

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Windows Media Player version 12 is compatible with video files that have an “.mp4” extension. As of April 2014, no other version of the Windows Media Player is compatible with this type of file.

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Windows Media Player 12 is available only for the Windows 7 operating system. Users who run the Windows Vista operating system or an earlier Windows version cannot upgrade to Windows Media Player 12 and thus cannot play files that have an “.mp4” extension using Windows Media Player. There are a variety of other free and paid software programs on the market that can handle these types of files, though.

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