Troubleshoot video, audio issues

Find out what codec drivers are installed on your machine with this simple but effective tool.

With online video and audio becoming more popular every day, most have experienced the frustration of not getting a podcast or video to work because of codec issues. Fortunately, this little utility helps let you know what's installed on your machine.

InstalledCodec offers a basic functionality: It lists all the codec drivers and Direct Show filters currently installed on your system. The interface isn't flashy or ostentatiously designed, but simply a functional pane that lists items according to a variety of categories. These categories include the driver or filter's name, type, whether it's disabled, its install date and time, a file description and version number, and other useful information. All, perhaps, slightly tedious, but very important when you're trying to get a particular podcast to play and it just won't cooperate.

This little tool performed very well in our tests. We liked its simplicity. Disabling or activating or deleting a file from the list was a snap. It doesn't offer any real bells and whistles, but it does its job well. (If only we could find a utility that will tell us just which specific codec we're missing!) Novices may not gain much value from this free tool, but experienced users will appreciate the data it reveals.

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