Does anyone know how to get WMP and WMC to play .avi files? Someone told me that ffdshow would fix that, but it didn't.
By default WMP and WMP recognize AVI files. However, AVI files are actually containers where the audio and video streams can be encoded+compressed with different codecs. Your problem seems to be missing codecs. If you download ffdshow you may not have some of the more exotic codecs. Some people like to use a codec pack such ask K-Lite or CCCP, and some prefer to install their own codecs for individual formats.
Download GSpot or MediaInfo to find out what codecs are used in those problematic AVI files, and then we can talk.
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