Windows Media Center in Windows 7 can play many different music, video, and picture file types. You can even make Media Center the default player for specific types of files so that they'll open in Media Center when you double-click them. For more information, see Change the default music or video player.

To open a file in Media Center, you might need to first tell Media Center where you store your files. To learn how to do this, see Add media files to Windows Media Center.

Additional file formats might be supported if you install new codecs in Windows. For more information, see Codecs: frequently asked questions.

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Music file types

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

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

Windows Media Audio files

File name extensions

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

Music file types (format)

Windows audio files

File name extensions

.wav

Music file types (format)

MP3 audio files

File name extensions

.mp3 and .m3u

Music file types (format)

AAC files

File name extensions

.aac

Video file types

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

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

Windows Media files

File name extensions

.wm, .wmv, and .asf

Video file types (format)

AVCHD files (including Dolby Digital audio)

File name extensions

.m2ts and .m2t

Video file types (format)

Apple QuickTime files

File name extensions

.mov and .qt

Video file types (format)

AVI files

File name extensions

.avi

Video file types (format)

Windows Recorded TV Show files

File name extensions

.wtv and .dvr-ms

Video file types (format)

MPEG-4 movie files

File name extensions

.mp4, .mov, and .m4v

Video file types (format)

MPEG-2 movie files

File name extensions

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

Video file types (format)

MPEG-1 movie files

File name extensions

.m1v

Video file types (format)

Motion JPEG files

File name extensions

.avi and .mov

Note

  • Some video file types might not be supported when viewed on a Media Center Extender device. For example, some Extenders don't support AVCHD files or Apple QuickTime files.

Picture file types

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

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

JPEG files

File name extensions

.jpg and .jpeg

Picture file types (format)

JPEG XR files

File name extensions

.hdp and .wdp

Picture file types (format)

TIFF files

File name extensions

.tif and .tiff

Picture file types (format)

RAW files

File name extensions

.raw

Picture file types (format)

GIF

File name extensions

.gif

Picture file types (format)

Bitmap files

File name extensions

.bmp

Picture file types (format)

PNG files

File name extensions

.png

Note

  • Animated GIF files aren't fully supported. For this file format, you can view the still image but not the animation.