If you are running a Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 operating system you might experience some issues regarding the video player. So either if you are trying to view a movie after a long day at work or run a music video in your free time having this issue will either prevent you from opening the video file or even if you open it the video might not be playing in the quality you would want it to play.
Running an encoded video in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 in a different format then the one you have in the system or supported hardware it will try to use a software decoder to play your video in Windows Microsoft systems. Using this software decoder without having the necessary free CPU memory required, it will most likely not play as it should or it will not start at all.
How to fix video player playback issues on Windows 10 and Windows 8.1
1. Fix the issue from the Control Panel
Normally your CPU will operate at a maximum of 60 % of his full strength if it is plugged into the power outlet. We will increase the maximum capabilities of the CPU percentage in this tutorial so that if the system uses a software decoder to play a video you won’t have any issues with it.
Note: You need to be logged in as Administrator to execute the following steps below.
- Press and hold the buttons “Windows” and “X”.
- This will bring you to the Control Panel of the system.
- Let’s type in the search box presented in the window “Power”.
- Click (left click) on the “Edit Power Plan” icon that appeared after the search completed.
- Click (left click) on “Change advanced power settings”
- Next we will need to click (left click) on “Processor power management”.
- From this window we can go to “Maximum processor state” and select from there the maximum percentage CPU we want our PC to be at when it is plugged into the power outlet.
- Put in the maximum processor state to run at 100 %.
- Click on “OK” and close the window.
- Reboot the PC.
- Try to run again the video and see if it will work this time.
2. Try a different video player
There are not so many fixes for video players out there thus not so many solutions. The solution above is viable but might be hard to do for some of our users, especially when the problem is more specific. In that case, you cannot fix this problem whithout a more radical solution, and this is: changing the player. You have lots of lists, but the best players with a great image quality can be found in this article.
For other video issues, here are some dedicated articles that will help you fix various issues as:
- VLC player lags
- Music/Video error 0xc00d36c4 (mostly on Windows 10)
- Video playback freezes on Windows 10, 8.1 and 8
Was that so hard? Let us know below your opinions on how this article can be improved in any way and enjoy your videos on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2014 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.