How to Play MOV Files in Windows (Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista Included)

The .mov format is the video format used in Apple's QuickTime program, which is a media player similar to Windows Media Player. Before Windows 7, .mov files are not supported by Windows Media player, so Windows (including Windows 10) users have to download Quicktime to play .mov files. Even in Windows 7, despite rumors around the internet saying Windows 7 will natively support .mov file, people still facing the problem that .mov files are not fully compatible with RTM Windows Media Player. Then how to play MOV files in Windows? Here you'll find two simple ways to play mov files in Windows with ease.

Part 1. Play MOV Files by Converting MOV to Windows Supported Format with Aimersoft Video Converter Ultimate

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You can use a video converter to convert MOV to Windows friendly video formats like AVI, WMV, MP4, etc. and then play the converted videos with Windows Media Player. To get that done, Aimersoft Video Converter Ultimate is highly recommended. It's an all-in-one app that enables you to convert video format among almost all popular video formats. Besides, it can rip DVD content to other video formats on PC, so you can play these DVD movies more conveniently. In addition, you can edit your .mov files by cropping the black boarders, trimming large video to small ones, adding text or image watermark, etc.

Simple Steps to Convert MOV for Playback on Windows PC

Step 1. Add MOV files

In this step, you can simply click "Add Files" to load your MOV videos to this program.

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Step 2. Select an output format and start the conversion

As you know, AVI, WMV, MP4, and more videos can be played on Windows with ease. Now you can select the output format and location for your MOV video as needed. Finally, start converting MOV to Windows supported formats after touching the "Convert" option.

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Here is the video tutorial showing you how to convert MOV to Windows formats:

people have downloaded it.

Part 2. Play MOV Files in Windows with QuickTime Alternative

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QuickTime Alternative is a free tool developed for Windows users to play MOV videos with more media players. To use it, you need to first install the newest version of QuickTime. If you are having problems getting QuickTime Alternative to work, you can delete the QuickTime folder under SYSTEMROOTsystem32 (generally C:WindowsSystem32QuickTime) to see whether it works.

Part 3. Use 3ivx MPEG-4 to Play MOV Files in Windows

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The 3ivx decoder components are compatible with Windows Media Player and QuickTime. By installing them, you can play MP4, M4A, MOV, 3GP files smoothly without conversion. In this way, you can make your Windows Media Player play MOV videos.However, 3ivx encoder is not an open source.The price is relatively low, which costs $7.95.

I tried that but it said you have to purchase it or it will only play 1/3 the video =(
Aimersoft Video Converter Ultimate that holds an embedded media player will help your bypass that issue.
VLC doesn't actually work with every .mov file. At least it doesn't for me. It either play as a video with no audio or an audio with no video or turn the video into a green screen with little audio.
Aimersoft Employee
Hi, Janice, you can rotate the movie before you convert them.
Why are the movies playing sideways?
Or just use VLC media player like everybody else...
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