.avi file gives error: "error downloading codec" (Windows Media Player)

Hello.

I downloaded a video clip (.avi format) and tried to play it with Microsft Windows Media Player but get the error "error downloading codec"

What does this mean, and how can I watch the clip?  Thanks.
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hankknightAsked:
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craziestCommented:
this means that there is a codec missing,i advise you to download a codec pack named FFDSHOW
here is the link.
http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=53761
once you have installed it open the media player and play the clip.tell me if it gives you the same error.
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capitalistpigletCommented:
If that doesnt work download gspot http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ which is a app that will give you detailed codec information then you can download the codec you need.
Alternatively you could get vlc player http://videolan.org/vlc/ which has its own built in codecs and so you dont have to worry about codecs again.
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