How to play MKV File in Windows 7 64 ?

Where can I find something clean and that works ! I am tired of trying things that are eitheeer trials or not working that clutter my system
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One of the most important domains that I support includes a network that records, streams, and plays downloaded video files.  From my team's perspective, CODECS may work well at times but we have found them to be rather inconsistent.  Depending on the specific CODEC pack and the version, they can quickly become a bit complicated and I have even seen them cause Windows Explorer to become unstable.  Don't get me wrong, some of them are great, but it can be a roll of the dice.

Our tool of choice is the VLC player:

It is a terrific free/open source application, and it will play MKV files along with virtually every other type of video file available:

We have had VLC player included into our standard Windows operating system images for over five years and never encountered a single problem.  Just my 2¢-worth.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
as long as you have the proper codec, you can use windows media player to play .mkv files.. it will complain at first about .mkv not being a known association but it will work.
.mkv is a container and within that container it has a bunch of files the format of the file is independant of the container they may be .avi (various codecs, divx/xvid come to mind) , mp4 (again various codecs usually h2.64)

k-lite codec pack
download gom player for play that type of formats.. and it will works with 64 bit also
go for that
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Kruno DžoićSystem EngineerCommented:
I use

and media player classic ( installed with XP codec pack )

and for mkv files you must have good proc to run video smoothly
hello ;
check this lunk plz,it explains how you can do it exactly

let us know if it works.
NikSystems SpecialistCommented:
Hi, here is what I recommend and use:

GOM Player
FFD Show codecs
Haali Media Spliter

Every .mkv file should work with this combination.
Just to concur - Run5k is 100% correct. I also have been using VLC player for some time now. It is a great program and basically handles any file format you throw at it.
NikSystems SpecialistCommented:
I was using the VLC player for a long time and I had issues with some .mkv files that were stucking if that's the right word.
Since I am very satisfied with GOM player, I can't tell how well or not VLC is working now, but most probably those issues are fixed by now with new releases.
I have used the k-lite mega codec pack(first mentioned by ve3ofa) for years on XP and I still use it along with the k-lite 64-bit codecs on my 64-bit 7 Pro and have never had a stability issue(I don't use the beta versions).
- Get VLC
- Get Codec pack for your Windows version (get here:

Enjoy your -mkv files  :-)
ammounpierreAuthor Commented:
What about if I need to burn those on a DVD , what software would I need ?

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