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How to Play MKV Files on Windows 10/8/7 - Easiest Way

Posted by Kaylee Wood | Last update: April 28, 2020

The answer to how to play MKV files on PC can vary now that you may want to know what plays MKV files on Windows 7/8/10 respectively. Installing MKV codec is but the last resort, for being quite troublesome. To make things easy, the optimal way to open matroska file/MP4/AVI/H.264 videos on PC is an MKV player Windows 10 with latest codec support. Scroll down to see which way you prefer.

5KPlayer - Best Free MKV Player Windows 10

Before proceeding to any ways to play MKV files on PC (Windows 10), if your player can't even open MKV files - frankly speaking - it's outdated and please phase it out. Do you use YouTube, Netflix to watch HD videos on PC? If yes, you must have noticed the increasing amount of MKV files, which is why a free and downright easy MKV player for Windows 10 is the best choice to bring your trouble to an end by taking all MKV files into its basket on Windows 7/8.1/10.

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MKV Player Windows 10

You might have such problems as -- "My computer simply will not play MKV files. I run windows 7, latest media player, but somehow it seems I need something else to play them. What am I missing?"

☆ This is because Windows OS didn't unveil their MKV file support until Windows 10 - which means Windows 7 and 8 users (running Windows Media Player 12) will need to download MKV Codec for Windows Media Player, or adopt one of the MKV Players for Windows 7 / MKV player for Windows 8.1 (64 bit) to play MKV files on PC.
☆  Things are much easier on Windows 10 - which finally surrenders this open and patent-free MKV codec underpinning high quality online HD videos. Just like 5KPlayer, Windows Media Player, Media Player Classic and MKV Player for Windows 10 plays MKV files on PC without choke.

For example, usage of the free 5KPlayer include:
☆ Play MKV files like H.264 + AAC, VP8 + Vorbis and more irrespective of codeing types;
☆ Peerlessly compatible with Windows 7/8/8.1/10 PC;
☆ Extensive format profile including Divx/Xvid/MP4, etc.;
Download MKV videos superfast.

install MKV codec

Guide: How to MKV Files on PC

Anyway, spend a few more minutes here before deciding on which method to play MKV. We have another 2 to offer:
-> Method 2: Install MKV codec pack
-> Method 3: Convert MKV to MP4/AVI

Method 2: Install MKV Codec to Play MKV Files on PC

Before you download any of the MKV Codec given below, let me first specify - that either your Windows operating system version (Windows 7 and 8/8.1) or the media player in use might hinder when playing MKV files.

Anyhow, if none of the suggested MKV file players suit your flavor, let's proceed to the list of MKV Codec which will enable media players to open MKV files, here we have:
. For Windows Media Player:
Matroska Pack Full - 13.4 MB in total; Available for download at http://www.softsea.com/download/Matroska-Pack-Full.html
This is an all-included MKV codec, check as of which one(s) you need to play MKV files on PC, including: FFDShow, Haali Media Splitter, VSFilter, FLAC, TTA, etc.
Also works for DirectShow Player, Media Player Classic.
. For DirectShow Player:
CCCP - 9.7 MB in total; Available for download at: http://www.softsea.com/review/CCCP-Combined-Community-Codec-Pack.html
Also works for Windows Media Player.
K-Lite Codec Pack Full; Available for download at: http://www.softsea.com/review/K-Lite-Codec-Pack-64-bit.html

Note: Take great care for any malicious plug-ins that might harm your Windows PC binding the codec pack you download. Cease immediately when your antivirus reports risks.

Method 3: Convert MKV to MP4/AVI and Play
Converting MKV to MP4 guarantees 99% of compatibility to play MKV files on PC as MP4 works with pretty much every known video player not only on Windows PC.

There are plenty of MKV to MP4 converters to choose from, and one with HD support can suit you better, for example, the WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe ->> Get giveaway version.
This is because the process of converting MKV to MP4 vary: especially when you want to keep the original elements in an MKV file, whose H.264 video, AAC audio, multiple audio tracks, subtitles, chapter, etc. are all wrapped into the old MKV file container.
An in-class MKV to MP4 converter like WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe would be masterful to drive MKV files into appropriate formats that won't choke your media player on PC, but if you just need to convert MKV to MP3, 5KPlayer will do fine.

Download Videos in MKV without 5KPlayer

Step 1: Find the video you want to download from Dailymotion, Vimeo, either in MKV format or not, copy its URL.

Step 2: Hit the "Paste and Analyze" button, choose "MKV" as your preferred resolution.

Now, rely on the free 5KPlayer - peerless MKV video downloader to download MP4 MKV videos.

Download MKV videos with 5KPlayer

Our recommendation for 5KPlayer, which tops a recommendation of top 5 media players for Windows 10, is downright universal for not only Matroska files, it supports H.264, H.265, Webm and a lot many up to its sleeve. Running a media play that won't open play MKV files on PC? - Time to phase it out, for that can be called a backward one with HD streaming becoming the mainstay in YouTube, Netflix and other video sharing websites.

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