What to do if Youtube videos aren’t playing on Windows 10?

March 1, 2018 |

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Personal computers have become intrinsic to our lives and how we experience the world around us.

We work, we shop, we watch TV online- all of these activities are done with using a computer. Did you know that Netflix is responsible for a third of all internet traffic in the United States alone? So, what do you do when YouTube videos are not playing with Windows 10? Let’s break down this issue and find out what can be wrong with your computer and why it’s depriving you of the latest video content. Here are some tips – from the easiest fix to the most time-consuming one.

Tip 1.

First, try using an alternate browser. You might want to disable any programs running in the background too.

Tip 2.

If changing the browsers did not help, try applying some fixes to the browser settings.

We will begin by stating that there are different kinds of fixes for different browsers. So, if your browser is outdated, it can cause the malfunction. Run an update and get the latest version of your browser. This usually happens automatically when you update your operating system, but sometimes the scheduling is off, and you might need to do it manually.

Tip 3.

Flash Player not available.

This is probably the most common issue whenever a video is not playing on your computer. So, instead of just staring at the black video where your favourite show should be playing, check the availability of Adobe Flash Player. It needs updating as many other parts of your computer. Unfortunately, there is no knowing when you need to update it, so do that as soon as you see the warning signs. Go to the official Adobe site and apply the settings for your PC.

Tip 4.

Install anti-malware software onto your computer. If you are using your device constantly, you might not notice when or what kind of malware made it into your system. Some low-security level internet connection is always a liability, so avoid connecting your computer to the internet on train stations or airports. We suggest using Auslogics Anti-Malware, it’s easy to install, and it will check and eliminate all malicious software that can threaten the productivity of your operating system.

Tip 5.

Clean all cache and cookies. If you haven’t adjusted the settings on your browser accordingly, chances are, you have been hoarding tons of useless cookies and cache in your computer’s depths. After cleaning them, make sure to tweak the settings to delete history on a daily basis and restart your browser.

For Firefox browser, you’ll need to follow these instructions:

  • Select the Menu in the Firefox browser
  • Enter ‘History’
  • Click ‘Clear Recent History’
  • Show ‘Details’
  • You’ll see the option to “Clear Now” in ‘Cache’

For Internet Explorer:

  • Find the “Gear” icon
  • Enter “Safety” features
  • Select Browsing History
  • Delete “Temporary Internet Files/ Preserve Favourites Website Data”

For Chrome:

  • Chrome Menu
  • Settings
  • Show Advanced Settings
  • Clear Browsing Data
  • Empty the Cache/Delete Cookies

For Safari: Safari (for Mac OS X): Click Safari Menu > Empty Cache > Empty.

Tip 6.

You might wonder how to fix YouTube on your computer, but there is a possibility that your problem actually stems from JavaScript corruption. Again, there are different settings on different browsers that you need to tweak to get the JavaScript running properly.

For Chrome:

  • In a new window, type “chrome: //settings/content”
  • Click “Enter”
  • Check the box “Allow all sites to run JavaScript (recommended)”
  • Click “Done” in the pop-up window.

For Safari:

  • Go to “Preferences”
  • Select “Security” and check “Enable JavaScript”
  • “Refresh” the browser

Tip 7.

If your YouTube isn’t working on Windows 10, you may need to update the settings for the operating system. To do that, you need to go to “Settings” and to the bottom of the page where you’ll see the “Update/Security” icon. Check here for Windows updates. It’s possible that you might have a few that are waiting to be applied – this can slow your computer down and cause malfunctions in viewing videos on YouTube.

Tip 8.

Check your drivers. The issue can stem from an outdated video driver that has been registered as unresponsive. You might want to schedule some sorts of checks because there are a lot of drivers on your PC and there is just no time to keep track of all of them. A handy software program called Auslogics Driver Updater will do that for you, and, moreover, it will extend the lifespan of your computer by eliminating  processes that are running in the background for outdates drivers. These older versions are using up resources of your computer, causing all kinds of malfunctions.

Tip 9.

If you are experiencing spontaneous crashes, along with the impossibility of viewing a video channel, we suggest you clean your Registry. You might have caught some unnecessary files while browsing on the web, and now they are stored in that huge database of yours. Seems like it’s just common sense to clean it once in a while. This might help as an addition to the anti-virus and the anti-malware you’ve already purchased. Completely free Auslogics Registry Cleaner will help you free up space from long-gone software that has left behind files in your Registry and ‘refresh’ your computer.

Tip 10.

Another possible cause of this problem can be a faulty extension in your browser. If you enter the Settings of your browser, you can get a list of all the extensions that are currently running on your PC. Then by disabling one after another try to determine which one is causing the issue. Check to see if the YouTube video plays after this tweak.

Tip 11.

In some cases, once you’ve updated the browser, tweaked the settings and found out that everything is in order, you may need to uninstall and then reinstall the browser. This won’t work for Safari but has been proven a quite successful fix in the past for Chrome and Firefox.

The internet can be a blessing and a valuable educational resource for people living in remote places, and those who do not have the access to educational facilities. We understand that videos can be an essential part of the working or educational process, a way to show things that are far away or not existent anymore. We hope that this guide helped you find and correct the malfunction that had led to problems with viewing YouTube videos.


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