How to Repair Corrupt WMV Files

Repair WMV Video: How to Repair a Corrupt WMV Video File

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Feb 27, 2021 • Filed to: Photo/Video/Audio Solutions • Proven solutions

"I've recovered some files from an HDD that weren't supposed to be deleted in the first place, but they have seeking problems/crash the players. Since they have the right size, I think it might be a problem with a corrupt index/header, so I'm trying to find a way to fix them. It's easy to find examples of fixing corrupt .avi files with encoder, but .wmv seems trickier. How can I repair the .wmv video files? Please help."

Windows Media Video (WMV) is the most recognized video compression format within the WMV family. Usage of the term WMV often refers to the Microsoft Windows Media Video format only. WMV files use Microsoft's Advanced Systems Format (ASF) container format and are therefore very similar to ASF files, another file format developed by Microsoft. WMV video is mainly playable on Windows media player but not readable by Mac QuickTime player or other Apple devices.

What to do when a WMV file does not work properly and how do know if it has been corrupted? If it has ever happened to you that you cannot play a WMV file properly, it can be due to several reasons, such as incompatibility of the codecs or even with your video or audio drivers. However, there is also the possibility that your WMV file has been corrupted. Here you will learn how to know why you cannot play your video and fix it. Also, I will give you some tips to prevent your files from getting corrupted, and I will teach you how to easily repair a WMV file without losing its original quality and in just a couple of minutes.

  • Part 1. Reasons Why the WMV File Get Corrupted
  • Part 2. Possible Errors or Types of Corruption That You May Face
  • Part 3. How to Repair WMV Video with Stellar Video Repair
  • Part 4. What to Do for WMV Videos Not Playing in Media Player?
  • Part 5. Tips to Prevent Corruption of WMV Videos

Part 1: Reasons Why the WMV File Get Corrupted

A video is composed of encoded information and structured in a specific order so that video players can interpret it. When a video is corrupted, the information that composes it was altered or poorly structured, and the resulting file is illegible for video players.

Here are some of the most frequent causes of video corruption:

Part 2: Possible Errors or Types of Corruption That You May Face

When your video player detects an error while playing a video file due to data corruption, it will show some signals that you can easily recognize.

Part 3: How to Repair WMV Video with Stellar Video Repair

Perhaps you have the same problem with the above. Listed below are the causes liable for corrupting WMV files:

However, don't worry if your .wmv files are corrupted, and you cannot play them on any media player. The professional Stellar WMV Video Repair tool is what you need to repair your broken, damaged, and corrupted WMV files on all types of storage media like hard drives, external hard drives, flash drives, memory cards, etc.

You can preview repaired WMV videos before saving them on the computer.

Step 1 To repair your corrupted WMV video file, please add or drag them to the Stellar Video Repair list.

add corrupted video files

Step 2 Select the damaged WMV video files from the list and click the "Repair" button to move on.

select corrupted video files

Step 3 Video repair tool will start repairing damaged WMV video files in the process. After a few minutes, you are allowed to preview the WMV video files.

repairing corrupted video files

Step 4 On the preview, if you find the video repair fails, another option for you is the "Advance Video Repair" mode. It asks for a sample video from the same device and in the WMV format.

preview repaired video files

Step 5 Finally, you can click the "Save" button to save the repaired WMV video files to a preferred destination.

save repaired video files

After the saving process is complete, a confirmation message showing a link to the location of saved WMV Video files is displayed. You can click the link to visit the location.

Download and have a try the best WMV Video Repair Tool.

Part 4: What to Do for WMV Videos Not Playing in Media Player?

If your WMV file is not working properly, you can try to solve it with one of the following options.

Try updating your codec library. Windows Media Player has an option that will allow you to update your codecs automatically, and if this does not solve the problem, you can download the codecs online on your own.

Many video players are compatible with the WMV format and natively include various codecs that could solve this problem.

If you still cannot play your video file after installing new codecs and trying other players, it is recommended to download the file again.

Converting the format of a video involves an information restructuring process, and sometimes this can repair it. Several programs can perform format conversion. The VLC player can perform format conversions easily.

Sometimes, you cannot play a video properly because the drivers of your computer are outdated. This generates incompatibilities with all types of programs.

If none of the above options fixed the problem, it is important to consider repairing the video with a specialized program.

Part 5: Tips to Prevent Corruption of WMV Videos

Some preventive measures can help prevent your videos from getting corrupted. Here are some of them.


There are several reasons you cannot properly play a WMV video, and many of them are not related to information corruption, which makes these problems easy to solve. However, it is important to take precautionary measures to prevent your Information from getting corrupted. If your video file is corrupted, practical solutions can fix it, such as converting format or using specialized repair software. Fortunately, Recoverit Video Repair has an easy-to-use user interface and can repair damaged files while preserving their original quality regardless of their duration.

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