Make Windows 8 metro-style "Video" app to play MKV, other video file types

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by xscess, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. xscess

    xscess MDL Senior Member

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    Is there any way to make Windows 8 metro-style "Video" app to play MKV and other video file types via codecs or via any other hack, please... (it does play avi, mp4, wmv etc already)

    So far I have tried to:

    -- "Associate a file type or protocol with a specific program"
    -- Right-click on a MKV file and tried to change its "open with" properties but ultimately can't get to "Video" app via this route
    -- Found properties of Video app from task manager: Microsoft.ZuneVideo_1.0.810.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe, which is a folder not an .exe. After changing security permission I was able to open "Microsoft.ZuneVideo_1.0.810.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe" folder which is inside "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps", but can't find any .exe or a file to open Video app from there as it's a metro-style app.

    Many thanks.
     
  2. opengates

    opengates MDL Novice

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    #2 opengates, Jun 5, 2012
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    Run the following from an elevated CMD:
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    reg add HKCR\.mkv\OpenWithProgids /v "AppXhjhjmgrfm2d7rd026az898dy2p1pcsyt" /t REG_BINARY /f
    (or create a new .reg file paste the following inside, then merge it )
    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.mkv\OpenWithProgids]
    "AppXhjhjmgrfm2d7rd026az898dy2p1pcsyt"=hex:
    Now rightclick an mkv, select 'Open with' and click 'Video'.
    Don't get your hopes up, though, as the Video app won't be able to actually play it despite the codecs being installed (same as the Zune software).
     
  3. johnnygt

    johnnygt MDL Senior Member

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    thanks mate i tried this first method and excepted it but i cannot see "Video" under "Open With" ?
     
  4. xscess

    xscess MDL Senior Member

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    #4 xscess, Jun 11, 2012
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  5. vcfan

    vcfan MDL Novice

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    yea,if there are mediafoundation codecs and containers, then that will allow mkvs and such to play in metro, but I don't think the xbox video app supports that, someone would have to create a video player that supports these codecs and containers.