You can make Windows Media Center the default player for a number of file types. Additional file formats might be supported if you install new codecs.

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Music file types

The following table lists the music file types that are supported in Windows Media Center.

Music file types (format) File name extensions
Music file types (format)

Audio CDs

File name extensions

.cda

Music file types (format)

Windows Media Audio file

File name extensions

.asx, .wm, .wma, and .wmx

Music file types (format)

Windows audio file

File name extensions

.wav

Music file types (format)

MP3 audio file

File name extensions

.mp3 and .m3u

Video file types

The following table lists the video file types that are supported in Windows Media Center.

Video file types (format) File name extensions
Video file types (format)

Windows Media file

File name extensions

.wm and .asf

Video file types (format)

Windows Media Video file

File name extensions

.wmv

Video file types (format)

Windows video file

File name extensions

.avi

Video file types (format)

Microsoft Recorded TV Show file

File name extensions

.dvr-ms

Video file types (format)

Movie file

File name extensions

.mpeg, .mpg, .mpe, .m1v, .mp2, and .mpv2

Picture file types

The following table lists the picture file types that are supported in Windows Media Center.

Picture file types (format) File name extensions
Picture file types (format)

Joint Photographic Experts Group

File name extensions

.jpg and .jpeg

Picture file types (format)

Tagged Image File Format

File name extensions

.tif and .tiff

Picture file types (format)

Graphics Interchange Format

File name extensions

.gif

Picture file types (format)

Bitmap

File name extensions

.bmp

Picture file types (format)

Windows Metafile

File name extensions

.wmf

Picture file types (format)

Portable Network Graphics

File name extensions

.png

Notes

  • Digital pictures that are taken with a digital camera and saved in RAW format are not supported in Windows Media Center.

  • Animated .gif files are not fully supported. For this file format, you can still view the picture image but it does not animate.