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How to Play .OGM Video Files in Windows Vista

So you’ve got a bunch of .OGM video files and they won’t play in Windows Vista… relax, you just need to install the right codecs in order to play them from within Windows Media Player.

This is where the Combined Community Codec Pack comes into the picture. All you need to do is download and install, although for best results you might want to read on.

Launch the setup process, and you should come to the “Select Components” dialog. 

Here’s where you want to uncheck Windows Media 9, as well as remove the checkboxes for the two items under “Players”. We’re trying to play this under WMP11, afterall.

Hit next, and you’ll come to a screen where you can choose the file types you want to use the Haali Media Splitter for. This is the component that actually will help you play your OGM files.


Just installing the codec pack doesn’t set OGM files to Windows Media Player though. You need to double-click on your video file, select to pick from a list of installed programs, and then select Windows Media Player in the list. Make sure you’ve checked the option to always play in WMP.

And there we are… OGM files playing in Windows Media Player. 

Download Combined Community Codec Pack

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  • Published 05/24/07

Comments (9)

  1. Bryan

    i installed rhe codac but i still cant watch dvds please respond

  2. avi1337

    You guys at how-to geek are awesome! now i can use my high-quality videos in Windows Movie Maker! W0OT!

    You are technology Gods; all hail thee!!

  3. Avril

    All very interesting but in SIMPLE TERMS for a NON GEEK I just want to know how to play films shown in my media centre on my TV all I can get is trailers. I have got all the correct wiring (for computer to TV) and can play a DVD but no movies. Can you help.

  4. vince

    please update this to a working solution for vista. i live in asia where anime in OGM format pretty usual. problem is that it only loads the OGM video but after a few seconds it freezes then video and audio gets fuzzy and corrupted. you may want to try it yourself. i’ve tried with known codecs for different players like the wmp11, media player classic and vlc but still no go. but with xp, it plays well though. i think it’s a compatibility problem still with vista.

  5. Sorrin

    Thanks for the info. The install went quick and painless and worked flawlessly.

  6. Mista Christafa

    thank you very much. The instructions were precise and accurate. Thanks again

  7. Brandon Bonke

    This helps me very much, but is there a way to add the now-running .ogm files to the WMP Library? It gets old having to open up each individual file, being unable to add them to a playlist and all.

  8. Gavie

    ok, i followed the instructions you guys have on here, but no go, the .ogm files still won’t play on windows media player. is there any other solutions you could suggest?

  9. oss

    Thank you very very very much!!!! i have been looking for codecs and programs that coudl play ogm files without success until now!!! thanks a lot again!

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