How to fix a corrupt WMV file

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How to fix a corrupt WMV file
Corrupt WMV files are easily recovered. (computer image by michele goglio from

A corrupt WMV is not the end of a captured family moment. WMV is a compressed file that plays on Windows Media Player; sometimes these files become corrupt, producing error messages. Most corrupt WMV files can be corrected with a downloaded repair program that scans the WMV file for errors and auto-corrects any discrepancies in the file.

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    Download Windows Media File Editor. Windows Media Editor will allow you to reindex the file and make any desired adjustments to the sound and picture. Re-indexing rebuilds the data in the WMV file, creating a new index and resolving corrupted data.

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    Open the corrupt WMV file in Windows Media Editor.

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    Complete any desired cosmetic adjustments and open the main file menu. Select "save and index." This will save the file and automatically reindex the corrupted file.

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    Download ASF-AVI-RM-WMV Repair Tool from Click on the highlighted link "free download" and your download will begin automatically. Turn off your pop-up blocker before beginning the download.

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    Allow your computer to install the repair program. The repair program will generate a list of video files.

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    Select the corrupt file. Click on the "Repair" button at the top of the Repair Tool window. The program will alert you once the file is repaired.

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    Save and play you repaired video files in Windows Media Player.

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