Windows error code 80040200 (Unable to download appropriate decompressor. A decompressor was downloaded for this file, but it didn't work. You may need to restart your player or browser.) can be solved. Check out our guide for troubleshooting the Windows error code and how to prevent it from coming back in the future.
This is an error associated with using Windows Media Player 9 and accessing multimedia files for use with Media Player 9. The error appears when you engage in one or more activities such as file creation, using a certain file format, or using video.
What the experts recommended when Windows code 80040200 is displayed
Error code 80040200 occurs as the result of a number of factors that are at the root of the cause. The error will appear if you are using multimedia file formats which are not compatible with Windows Media Player which includes audio and video files or files which may be corrupt or damaged. The problem can also be caused by using an older version of Internet Explorer or decompressors and video compression which may not installed.
Windows Media Player will not support file formats which are created with an Apple PC or Apple software such as QuickTime. That said check your file extensions to ensure they are compatible with Media Player. You can do this by checking the file extension listing on the Microsoft support website.
Test the file which is causing the error by trying to play a file from the Windows CD which contains the same file extension as the file which appears to be causing the error. If you can play the file from the Windows CD, the other file may have become corrupt or damaged.
If the version of Internet Explorer you are using is outdated, install a newer version of Internet Explorer by visiting the Microsoft website. If the security settings in IE are high, lower them to medium by clicking on Tools
and choosing Internet Options
. Click on Security
and then choose Internet
. Adjust the slider feature to medium under Default Level
which is located in Security Level for This Zone
. When you are finished with the process try to reboot your PC and play the file in Media Player again. If you still receive the error message it may be due to file codec issues or files which were created in RealPlayer or QuickTime. You can further investigate this issue by visiting the Apple or RealPlayer websites.
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