How to play MP4 files on Windows 10

Can’t play MP4 on Windows 10? Don’t be surprised! Windows 10 wont play MP4 files. If you want to play MP4 video files in Windows 10 you will have to use freeware like VLC Media Player & 5KPlayer.

Play MP4 on Windows 10

Windows Media Player in Windows 10 doesn’t natively support the .mp4 format. To play MP4 you need to download some Codecs or use one of these 3rd-party video or media players. These two packs Combined Community Codec Pack or K-Lite Codec Pack should make your MP4 files play. However, the procedure is tedious and not exactly supported.

I would recommend that you use VLC Media Player or 5KPlayer as they are easy to get started with.

VLC Media Player


VLC Media Player is among the best media player for Windows. It has become even better with its latest release. has a rewritten audio core which allows better volume outputs and better device management. In order to support the new core, some of the modules have also been rewritten. It also correctly support multi-channel layouts in all formats. All new audio outputs have been added to give its user a good and smooth audio experience. It supports playing of .mp4 file formats along with several other media file formats.


5KPlayer too is one of the finest free media players available today. It is considered a jack of all trades and master of many.

The tabs on the interface are mainly for DVD, YouTube, Airplay, Music and Video. Moving the cursor over each tab brings them to the forefront, so users will always know that these are clickable. When moving the mouse cursor inside the player during playback, buttons for different tasks show up on the fly. You can also rotate the videos in every possible way.


5KPlayer supports video downloading, AirPlay, Music and Video Playback, and offers support for4K, 5K and 1080p HD Video and for MP4, MP3, FLAC, APE, AAC, etc, file formats.

Let us know how you play MP4 files on your Windows 10 PC.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.