FIX: Windows Media Player cannot load subtitles

2 minute read

Home » Fix » FIX: Windows Media Player cannot load subtitles

Video subtitles can come in handy when users need to keep the volume down or for translating foreign movies. However, unlike some third-party media players, Windows Media Player doesn’t support SRT subtitle files out of the box, thus, sometimes it cannot load subtitles. That doesn’t mean users can’t load subtitles in WMP, but that software needs an extra codec pack to play subtitles with videos.

Windows Media Player Cannot Read SRT File

1. Check if the Lyrics, Captions, and Subtitles Option is Enabled

  1. Users who have installed a required codec pack should check that they’ve enabled lyrics, captions, and subtitles within WMP. To do that, click Play at the top of Windows Media Player’s window.The Play menu windows media player cannot load subtitles
  2. Then select Lyrics, captions, and subtitles to expand a submenu.Lyrics, captions, and subtitles submenu windows media player cannot load subtitles
  3. Select the On if available option to turn on subtitles.

2. Add DirectVobSub to Windows

  1. Click a Download EU Main Link button for the latest DirectVobSub version (currently 2.46.4616) at the DirectVobSub codec page.
  2. Then open the downloaded DirectVobSub installer to install that codec.
  3. Advanced codec is an alternative to DirectVobSub that some users have found more reliable. If Windows Media Player still doesn’t play some subtitles for videos with DirectVobSub installed, try installing Advanced codec by clicking Download Locations on the codec pack’s webpage.

The DirectVobSub (VSFilter) page windows media player cannot load subtitles


Use one of these media players instead of the outdated Windows Media Player and avoid subtitle issues for good.


3. Check the Video and Subtitle File Titles’ Match

  1. To check that the subtitle file title matches its video, press the Windows key + E hotkey.
  2. Then open the folder that includes the video that the subtitle is for. That folder should also include the video’s subtitle SRT file.
  3. If the SRT file is not in the same folder as its video, open the folder that includes the SRT. Then drag and drop the SRT into the video’s folder to move it.
  4. The SRT’s file title should also be the same as the video’s file name (with a different file suffix). If it isn’t, right-click the file and select the Rename option.The Rename option windows media player cannot load subtitles
  5. Then edit the SRT file name so that it matches the video file title, but don’t change the SRT suffix at the end of it.

4. Convert Subtitles to the SRT Format

  1. Video subtitle files also need to be in Windows Media Player’s supported SRT format. If they have an alternative subtitle format, convert the required subtitles to SRT by opening the Convert Subtitles to SRT converter in a browser.The Convert Subtitles to Srt converter windows media player cannot load subtitles
  2. Click the Choose Files button.
  3. Select a subtitle file to convert, and click the Open button.
  4. Then press the Convert to SRT button.
  5. Download the converted SRT file.
  6. If Windows Media Player cannot load subtitles, consider redownloading the subtitle file or moving to an alternative player.

RELATED ARTICLES TO CHECK OUT: 

Discussions

Next up

Scroll bar is missing in Chrome on Windows 10 [FIX]

Alexandru Voiculescu By: Alexandru Voiculescu
2 minute read

Google Chrome is the most popular browser out there. It is a reliable tool to surf the Internet and has many great features. However, nothing […]

Continue Reading

What to do when your Uplay achievements are not syncing

John Taylor avatar. By: John Taylor
2 minute read

Uplay is an amazing game distribution platform created by Ubisoft. It can be used to buy and download games as well as DLCs. It can […]

Continue Reading

FIX: Ubisoft server unavailable

John Taylor avatar. By: John Taylor
2 minute read

The market is filled with game distribution platforms like Steam, Epic Games Store or GOG. As such, some gaming giants have decided to build their […]

Continue Reading