How to Play FLAC Files on Windows 7, 8, 10, Vista, XP?
Method 1: Convert FLAC to Windows Audio Format; Method 2: Install FLAC Codec
As for Windows users, Windows Media Player is their first and default choice to play music on their Windows computers. Windows Media Player supports to play many audio formats, but not all. For example, as of Windows 10, Windows Media Player 12 has added support for FLAC playback, but unfortunately, the lossless FLAC playback support is not added to the older Windows Media Player versions. So if your FLAC file is failed to play by Windows Media Player, first you can check if your Windows Media Player version is the newest one and if not, you can update it to be it. Alternatively, you can use a FLAC to Windows converter to convert your FLAC file to any Windows Media Player version best supported MP3 or install a FLAC codec to your computer to allow FLAC support in Windows Media Player. The following will show how to use these two methods to play FLAC file on any Windows Media Player version.
Method One: Convert FLAC to Windows Media Player MP3
In this method, we will need a professional FLAC to Windows converter to convert FLAC file to any Windows Media Player best supported MP3. Luckily, Avdshare Audio Converter can do this conversion work perfectly. Besides, many extra features are also developed with Avdshare Audio Converter, like converting other audio formats, editing your own audio format files, etc. Check the key features of Avdshare Audio Converter as below.
- Convert FLAC, OGG, RM, ALAC, AC3, M4A, etc to any Windows Media Player best supported MP3 to enable FLAC or other audio formats compatible playback in any Windows Media Player version.
- Convert FLAC or any audio format to MP3 or to another audio format.
- Edit FLAC, AIFF, MP3, etc with audio editing features, like trimming, splitting, merging, changing audio codec, resolution, frame rate, sample rate, etc.
- Fast conversion speed and zero quality loss will apply to FLAC to Windows Media Player conversion or other audio format conversions.
- Use the preset media player to directly play FLAC, AIFF or any other audio format file.
Convert FLAC to Windows Media Player MP3
The following guide serves to easily convert any FLAC file or any other unsupported audio file to any Windows Media Player MP3.
Make Preparation: Free download FLAC to Windows Converter
Step 1 Import FLAC file
Click the Add File button to import the FLAC file to this FLAC to Windows converter.
Step 2 Targeted output format setting
Easily click the "Profile" button>"General Audio" category to have MP3 as the final output format.
Step 3 Complete the conversion
Click the Convert button to complete FLAC to Windows Media Player MP3 conversion.
Method Two: Install FLAC Codec to Enable FLAC Playback
Another workable solution is to install FLAC codec to your Windows computer and you can successfully play any FLAC file on your Windows computer after installing the FLAC codec. The following will show how to install XIPH FLAC codec to your Windows computer, since XIPH FLAC codec is being widely used and recommended by many users.
Step One: Check to know your operating system and download FLAC codec fit for your operating system, choose the file folder where the downloaded FLAC codec will be saved.
Step Two: Install FLAC codec following the series of operation procedures.
Step Three: After the installation is completed, you need to restart your system to ensure the installed FLAC codec workable.