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Media Player Codec Pack

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Media Player Codec Pack supercharges your Windows Media Player by adding support for dozens of new video and audio formats. If you'd rather not download a universal player to play all of your favorite songs and movies, this will be an essential boost to your built-in media player.

This comprehensive pack adds support for FLAC, MP4, FLV, and other video formats as well as some obscure audio files on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows. You can install it by choosing between two installation modes -- easy and detailed. We recommend using detailed as you will be able to control exactly which items to install. Media Player Codec Pack sets itself up with recommended settings, but you can change its surround sound, compression, and other settings to fine-tune your media player completely. You can even choose which codec packs you want and which can save space if you think there are some formats you'll never use. Once you have Media Player Codec Pack installed, Windows Media Player plays all of the listed formats without much of a hitch. Additionally, all resolutions, including High-definition (HD) and Standard-definition (SD), are supported.

If you're happy with Windows Media Player but just want it to play more file types, then Media Player Codec Pack is for you. It saves you the trouble of downloading a new media player just to play the files you couldn't otherwise play using your standard media player.

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    • 1 star: 103
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  • 5.0 stars

    "satisfactory shareware"

    April 11, 2014  |   By rdknxWink

    Version: Media Player Codec Pack 4.3.0

    Pros

    It will benefit you a lot.Efficient and quick as possible.. Period.

    Cons

    None, just a ittle expensive.No cons sorry...

    Summary

    Download it now. My favorite program together with ***********. ,

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Works, but no way around adware."

    April 5, 2014  |   By orangustang

    Version: Media Player Codec Pack 4.3.0

    Pros

    Allows Windows Media Player to play different types of files.

    Cons

    Asks to install adware/toolbars.
    Installs other adware without asking.

    Summary

    Under advanced install, the installer asks to install three additional programs. I think they were all Yahoo! products. One was definitely a toolbar. I unselected those, and the installer left them out. The installer did, however, change my browser homepages and install several more programs that I did not ask for. I don't know if this was all part of the optional media player install or what. The installer gives you options for a bunch of different things, most of which are abbreviated and fairly unclear. At no point does it ask whether you want it to change your homepage and then protect that change with adware, but that's exactly what it ended up doing for me.

    Some of the installed programs (two, I think) can be uninstalled separately. The rest don't go away until you uninstall the codec pack.

    If there's a way to install this thing without adware, I've given up before the solution could become apparent. VLC works fine without this garbage, so I will continue to use it for virtually everything instead of WMP.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is what i have been looking for all along"

    March 30, 2014  |   By kevinppk

    Version: Media Player Codec Pack 4.3.0

    Pros

    -best windows media player codec
    -Stream all movie files from windows media player to TV (DLNA Certified)

    Cons

    none i no of so far

    Summary

    I use windows media player to stream movies from my PC to my TV and i could only stream AVI, MP4, and i think 1 more. Ever since i download this codec package, i am now able to stream all my movies video files. everything streams perfectly well, this is a great add on for media player.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works Great. The guys above didn't follow directions."

    February 21, 2014  |   By MuffChop

    Version: Media Player Codec Pack 4.3.0

    Pros

    I really like Windows Media Player but it didn't play all the files i needed like flac or flv. This allows it to play these and alot more.

    Cons

    Cnet installer and codec pack ASK to install other software.

    Summary

    The dissenters above did not READ or FOLLOW directions. Use the custom install instead of the express install. This allows you to play flac, flv and other files WMP doesn't usually play. It doesn't install anything unless you allow it to. In plain simple English it gives you the option to NOT install these things. UNCHECK THE BOXES THAT ASK IF YOU WANT TO INSTALL TOOLBARS AND SUCH. Dummies...

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does what it says"

    February 18, 2014  |   By RCOS_Development

    Version: Media Player Codec Pack 4.3.0

    Pros

    After installing Media Player Codec Pack, I was able to play many different unusual and uncommon media formats in Windows Media Player. It gives me a reason to ditch an alternative media player.

    Cons

    The installer is one of the dreaded Ad-Supported "Stub" Installers. You need to READ CAREFULLY during the installation and UNCHECK or DECLINE all additional offers, or you will be infected by malicious software.

    Upon uninstalling Media Player Codec Pack, (I was testing on a VM) Windows Media Player refused to open after that because "dghelp.dll was not found".

    Summary

    Codec Packs are a great idea, as they give extra functionality to media players. However, they may damage your system as programs such as WMP aren't built to support these new formats. It is best to install an alternative media player such as VideoLAN VLC media player to play uncommon media formats.

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