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The incorrect expected aspect ratio is displayed when you play MPEG-2 video content that is standard definition-compliant on a Windows Media Player on a Windows Vista-based computer

When you use Windows Media Player to play MPEG-2 video content that is standard definition (SD) video-compliant, you encounter a display issue on a Windows Vista-based computer. Specifically, the content’s 16:9 aspect ratio is unexpectedly displayed at a 4:3 aspect ratio.

There is a download that resolves this issue. See Hotfixes for details.
32-bit Download: Contact Microsoft
64-Bit Download: Contact Microsoft

For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB963104.

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