Video Playback issues, problems and errors on Windows 10/8/7

At times, you may have experienced issues where, when you have played a video on your Windows PC; the video may start to freeze or lag. Most of the times, such issues are caused by a bad or corrupted Codec Packs, Flash plugin or player or Device Drivers. Let me suggest a few fixes which can help you resolve such issues.

Windows is not just an operating system for business and work, but it’s also great for the entertainment of all kind. Want to listen to your favorite music? No problem, go ahead. If playing video games and watching movies are your guilty pleasure, then, by all means, take your time. Now, what happens when you’re unable to play videos via your Window 10 computer? You tried playing videos offline and online, but to no avail, so you’re wondering if the operating system is acting up, or maybe it’s the entire computer.

Video Playback issues

Several reasons could be the cause of the issue, and as such, we’re going to talk about some of these fixes in hopes that at least one will change your day for the better.

1] Issues with Codec Packs

Video Playback issues

The main problem I have seen in most of the cases happens due to installing different codec pack which might create conflicts. For example, when you install VLC Code pack or maybe the K-Lite Codec pack, the Codec version may be different resulting in playback issues.

Then the first thing I would recommend to do is to uninstall all the Codec packs like K-Lite Codec Pack, Media player classic, VLC and MPC Star.

After uninstalling all the Codec packs, reboot the System. Then run Windows Media Player troubleshooting packs to make sure the native Codec is intact. Use this guide to troubleshoot Windows Media Player issues. If you are using Windows Media Player, run the Fix WMP Tool mentioned in that article.

Once you have completed that process, then reboot the System again.

Next, download Shark007’s Codec Pack from here. These are Windows Media Player Codecs, and that’s all you need to play almost all the formats.

The Codec pack contains a Settings Application, to be used in conjunction with your Windows Media Center setup. This which will enable each user to choose different splitters and decoders for specific filetypes. The application will also allow you to choose from 10 different speaker configurations from ‘same as input’ and all the way up to full 7.1 channel output.

2] Update Display or Graphics Driver

A lot of times the issue of broken video playback is caused by the graphics card driver, and a simple update could set things right again.

Go ahead and press Windows Key + R to invoke the run box. After that, type devmgmt.msc into the box and press Enter to launch Device Manager. Navigate to “Display adapter” and right-click on your graphics card, then select Update driver and move on from there.

There expand “Display adapters” and see if you have a Yellow exclamation mark. If it exists, it means that Display Drivers haven’t properly installed. You need to update your drivers.

3] Remove & reinstall the graphics card driver

Press on the Windows Key + Run, then type devmgmt.msc in the Run dialog box. Click Enter, and watch as Device Manager fires up. Navigate to “Display Adapters” then right-click on the graphics card.

The near-final step is to click Uninstall, then tick the box that says “delete the driver software for this device.” Close Device Manager and then proceed to restart your computer to move forward.

After restarting, the system should automatically reinstall the speaker. If not, follow the above procedure to return to Device Manager. Travel off to “Display Adapters” then right-click on the graphics card.

Here, simply enable the graphics card again, restart your computer again, and from there, everything should work as intended.

These steps are usually good enough for fixing most problems regarding the no playback of video content on Windows 10. Still, it might not be enough. Therefore, we’ve got something else that might work.

You may also go to the manufacturer’s website and download the appropriate drivers and install it. Once you install the Drivers, reboot the System and test you Video Playback.

4] Install Flash plugin

On the web, Flash is no longer a huge deal, but some websites still rely on it to show video content. For these rare cases, we recommend installing Flash from the official website to see if it fixes your playback issue.

Alternatively, it might be best to forget about the website you’re using because Flash is a security risk, and prone to bugs that may affect your web browser.

This should help!

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Shyam aka “Captain Jack” is a Microsoft MVP alumnus and a Windows Enthusiast with an interest in Advanced Windows troubleshooting. Suggestions made and opinions expressed by him here are his personal one's and not of his current employers. He blogs at