[Safely] Three Ways, How to Play MKV Files on PC?

Oops, I downloaded the Thor: Ragnarok yesterday, I wanted to play it with my Windows Media Player, but I failed. My video looks like this: [Thor: Ragnarok] [BluRay-720P.MKV]. Who can help me?


Generally speaking, Windows Media Player can’t play MKV videos. That’s why you can’t play the Thor: Ragnarok movie.

You may feel confused, because you play some videos successfully before with Windows Media Player.

Warming tips:

1. Watching videos, we need hardware players and software.

2. Hardware players: computer, phone (Android/iOS), TV…

3. Software: Windows Media Player, F2FSoft Blu-ray Player

As we all know, different video formats have different requirement for playing conditions.

Such as MKV needs F2FSoft Blu-ray Player, MP4 can be played on Windows Media Player.

Next, we talked more information about playing MKV videos.

First, what is MKV?

The Matroska Multimedia Container is an open standard, free container format, a file format that can hold an unlimited number of videos, audios, pictures, or subtitle tracks in one file.

"Matroska" is derived from Matryoshka (Russian: матрёшка [mɐˈtrʲɵʂkə]), which refers to the hollow, wooden, "Russian doll", or Matryoshka doll, that opens to expose another doll that in turn opens to expose another doll, and so on.

In other word, MKV can be simple or complected which has special requirements for players.

Second, how to play MKV on PC?

Method 1: Play MKV files with Windows Media Player

As we all know, the Windows Media Player (WMP) is developed by Microsoft, which can play audio, video and viewing images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system.

Take Windows 7, 64-bit as an example. Please download movies in MKV format firstly.

Step 1: Open your computer, right-click MKV video, choose Windows Media Player.

Step 2: Then you will find a message box, try to click YES, you will see another message box, click Web Help. Until now, you may know that the Windows Media Player can’t play MKV files without right codec.


Step 3: So, the next step is to find the right codec. Please type MKV codec for windows media player windows 7 in Google, there will be lots of options for you. Download and install one. I use the Media Player Codec Pack.


Step 4: Enjoy your movies.


1. Be careful to the codec pack you download. Stop installing process immediately when you see the antivirus reports windows.

2. Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP all can follow these steps.

3. A codec is a small plugin that is installed on a system to play audio or video that has been encoded or compressed. The codecs are frequently-used on the Internet to be able to reduce the size of the video or the audio and thus facilitate its download. If you want to play MKV, AVI,WMV and more on Windows Media Player, follow the same steps to install the proper codec package.

Method 2: Play MKV files with F2FSoft Blu-ray Player Software

F2FSoft Blu-ray Player Software has all-in-one codec for different video formats. In other word, you can play MKV files without download different codecs for Windows 7 or 8.

Step 1: Download the Blu ray player software free

You can click here to download the movie player for Windows 7, it has two versions: Windows and Mac.

Download for Windows Download for Mac

Step 2: Transfer the resource to the software

First, you will see two options on the main interface: Open File and Open Disc. Second, click Open File button and then transfer the resource to the software.


Step 3: Enjoy your movies

Now, you can enjoy your movie, the MKV player software will bring you the immersive audio and video effect.

Method 3: Convert MKV to MP4

If you don’t want to play MKV with Windows Media Player or F2FSoft Blu-ray Player Software, converting MKV to MP4 will be a good choice.

Because MP4 can be compatible with different video players, including Windows Media Player (computer), iPhone, Xbox, PS4… so you just need to convert MKV to MP4 with F2FSoft MKV to MP4 Converter, no quality loss, fast speed, information security.

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