View Windows Media Content embedded within Firefox

The Firefox web browser cannot play Windows Media Player content that is embedded in webpages. To play Windows Media Audio (.WMA), or Windows Media Video (.WMV), or .ASF file types, that might sometimes be embedded in sites as streaming media, you need to have Windows Multimedia framework installed and enabled on your browser. This allows you to play Windows Media files over the Internet through the MMS protocol or the RTSP protocol.

The Windows Media multimedia framework is a Microsoft technology created exclusively for distribution on Windows platforms. However, recently, Microsoft has released the Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin that has changed this situation. Now, Windows Media files can be streamed within the Mozilla Firefox window even though it is a non-IE third-party browser.

This plugin has been designed for all of the Windows versions – and works fine on all of the Windows XP and Windows Vista (32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64)) versions.

Downloading/Installing the Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin

You can the latest version of the Firefox plugin from here.

After you have downloaded the ‘wmpfirefoxplugin.exe’ installer executable, simply double-click on it and then click on the Install button. It is best if you have logged on to your machine as an administrator before you run the installer. Also, make sure that you close all your browser windows before starting the installation process.

In most cases, when you try to play an embedded Windows Media file in Firefox, you are automatically guided to this plugin and are advised to download it.

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