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The about:config options media.windows-media-foundation.enabled does not exist for me.

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I cannot play instagram videos at all, or twitter videos, tumblr videos or vines on tumblr (vines on the vine site do work). Various other random players which I don't know the name of (such as the first video on this page http://www.rugbydump.com/2016/05/5073/ben-botica-inexplicably-kicks-the-ball-away-as-harlequins-attempt-late-comeback-in-final) don't work either. As the title states, the option media.windows-media-foundation.enabled in about:config doesn't exist, and neither does media.fragmented-mp4.enabled. Changing media.mediasource.mp4.enabled or media.wmf.enabled to false does not fix the problem. I have started Firefox in safe mode, reset it and reinstalled it. I've also downloaded the feature pack for Windows 10. My graphics card drivers, plugins and add-ons are all up to date. Other data given below. This is becoming incredibly frustrating.

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thanks, so firefox depends on the decoders for h264 that your system provides (have to be separately downloaded in windows n versions). i think this one is the newest version that should apply to a fully updated version: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49919 an older download for systems before the november upgrade would be here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48231

maybe its installation didn't work the first time?

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is the issue still reproducible while you run firefox in safemode? (that wasn't clear from your description)

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Yes, the issue prevails while in safe mode.

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do you get any error message instead of the video playback?

& does it make a difference when you reset all the custom entries in about:config that begin with "gfx.crash-guard.status." and restart afterwards? (supportsHardwareH264: No; Failed to create H264 decoder in your system details would suggest there may be some issues there)

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For twitter videos it gives the error message "This browser does not support video playback." No other video types give an error message. When I click on an instagram video the play button icon disappears but it won't play. For vines on tumblr it will loop but just shows a black image, no audio. For tumblr videos it gives no response at all.

Resetting those entries make no difference.

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what status/supported features do you get at this page? https://www.youtube.com/html5

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"H.264" and "MSE & H.264" are not enabled (red ! icon). All others are fine.

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ok, this looks like the root of the issue in a likelihood. are you on a N version of windows 10 & does it say the same in a new profile? Profile Manager - Create, remove, or switch Firefox profiles

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It is Windows 10 N. I've created a new profile but I don't know how to check whether it says the same as the firefox profile, I only know how to check for Windows 10 N by going to System>About in settings.

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thanks, so firefox depends on the decoders for h264 that your system provides (have to be separately downloaded in windows n versions). i think this one is the newest version that should apply to a fully updated version: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49919 an older download for systems before the november upgrade would be here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48231

maybe its installation didn't work the first time?

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Wow, thanks that's fixed it. Yeah I'm not sure what happened originally, I tried downloading that earlier one just a little while ago and it did nothing, but the most recent one has done the job.

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So Windows 10 has just updated, and as a result the problem has now reoccurred. To anyone else with the issue, wait for the Firefox update then download this https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53356

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yes, unfortunately the download changes after each major microsoft update. also see our article on the subject for current download links: Fix video and audio playback problems on Firefox for Windows

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So Windows 10 has just updated, and as a result the problem has now reoccurred. To anyone else with the issue, wait for the Firefox update then download this

Not a issue for those who do not have a N or KN version of Windows.