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.