View Full Version : How do you play a WMV from URL in XP Windows Media Player? Help!

08-25-2006, 07:40 AM
I'm wondering if there's a code that allows a WMV from any URL to be played in a PC Windows Media Player, not an online player. For example, I want this URL:


To play in anyones personal Windows Media Player:


By saying this, I want a user to click on a link "Play Video", and the video will open in that persons player.

Any help is highly appreciated!!:)

08-28-2006, 07:00 PM
Can anyone at least give me help (or link to answer?), thank you!:thumbsup:

08-28-2006, 07:14 PM
Unless I am missing something - that is exactly how it already does work.

If the url for your link ends in .wmv (or .mpg, .avi, etc.) it will launch their personal player - if they don't have a player it will prompt a Save File Window to download the video.

Just link this link does when you click it:

08-28-2006, 07:16 PM
Whenever I link the video to something, it only downloads the video, it doesn't stream in a personal player!

08-28-2006, 07:23 PM
Does the prompt you see when you click on the link above have an option to "Open" rather than "Save" the file?

When I (or anyone I know) clicks on a link like the one in my last reply it opens their player, so if it doesn't open for you I am not sure what to tell you.

Maybe its your settings in your player, or perhaps your browser that is preventing it - does it ever open when you click on a link online?

08-28-2006, 07:26 PM
Yes, it shows Open and Save when clicked! But when I click the link you provided, it worked! should I give you the link?


Does it work, cause' on my site, it asks if you want to open or download?

08-28-2006, 07:32 PM
When I click your link it prompts a download, because that is a QuickTime movie (.mov) which is not native to WMP.

If I had QuickTIme set up as my default player and .mov files associate to quicktime it probably would open that player automatically.

But since I have WMP as my default it doesn't.

If you want your video to open in WMP I would recommend converting it to .wmv or .mpg - there is probably free and paid programs to do that out there.

08-28-2006, 07:33 PM
here's the WMV version:


It still does it?

08-28-2006, 07:35 PM
aha! it works!!! Thanks! Anyway, can I also open up a HTML pop-up of the video, instead of a WMV, here's the properties of the Video pop-up window:

javascript:void(window.open('http://media.wii.ign.com/media/821/821973/vid_1641629.html','ign_playlist_player','width=998,height=726,scrollbars=yes,toolbar=no,location=no, resizable=yes'))

EDIT: One problem, the video still asks to download on my freewebs site! It works though on this site!!