Windows 7 Codec Pack

Windows 7 Codec Pack

Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 162 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.0.9
File Size:
21.79MB
Date Added:
May 21, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
4,609,114
Downloads Last Week:
8,682
Product ranking:
#11 in Video Players
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Windows 7 Codec Pack adds up-to-date, high-quality audio and video playback capabilities to Windows Media Center or any media player. Though it's a bundle of software codecs, not a program, it installs just like any Windows program, and the Codec Settings panel opens from the Start Menu.

Pros

Plays in anything: These codecs work with any Windows-compatible media player, not just Windows Media Center and Windows Media Player. Specific codecs and settings for 32-bit or 64-bit Windows enable precise compatibility and high performance.

Hi-def, hi-res, hi-fi: Windows 7 Codec Pack includes not just HD video codecs but also high-resolution digital audio, including DTS, DTS-HD, Dolby Digital Plus, and more.

Digital out: Direct digital output in S/PDIF or HDMI (needed for Dolby TrueHD) and other state-of-the-art formats for a home media server or connection to a home theater system or external DAC.

Codec settings: You can configure specific settings for 32-bit and 64-bit codecs and go deep with Advanced Settings.

Cons

Codex complicatus: Extensive settings and options could be daunting to inexperienced users, and the Advanced Codec Settings are not recommended for beginners.

Surprise package: "Extras" like search bars keep freeware free, but if you choose the standard installation and don't read the EULA, they sometimes seem like freeloaders. Choose the custom installation option to accept or decline additional software.

Bottom line

These free codecs can play an array of high-quality media, including lossless and high-resolution digital audio formats like DTS, plus the latest Dolby technologies. While its settings can be complex, Windows 7 Codec Pack has the flexibility required for state-of-the-art home theater, audiophile, and gaming applications.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.5

    out of 162 votes

    • 5 star: 73
    • 4 star: 25
    • 3 star: 15
    • 2 star: 13
    • 1 star: 36
  • Current Version:

    3.5

    out of 2 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5 stars

    "Installed fine, but be cautious."

    August 07, 2014   |   By One7even

    Version: Windows 7 Codec Pack 4.0.9

    Pros

    Installed fine when I did this:
    1) opened file
    2) ensure "Detailed Installation" is marked (click it)
    3) clicked "I Agree" on agreement
    4) clicked "next" and left all codecs checked as they were
    5) clicked on "custom installation" to choose what I want installed*
    * uncheck the box "Install Search Protect" and read the text below which states: "leaving all the boxes unchecked will not install anything"
    6) clicked Install.
    7) Installed with no issues, no popups/adverts or browser issues, no adware/malware detected during install.

    Scanned using "quick scan" with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (you can download free version from cnet or directly from Malwarebytes website) and found "OCSetupHlp.dll" which was a temporary file waiting to be installed should you choose NOT to uncheck the box mentioned in step 5.

    Otherwise, you can delete this file directly from temporary folder (Windows 7/8): C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Temp
    smB312tmp\OCSetupHlp.dll

    Cons

    Use your brain!

    Summary

    Make sure to empty recycle bin/trashcan after deletion.

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  • 2 stars

    "Did not help.....cannot import from a device"

    June 10, 2014   |   By my911

    Version: Windows 7 Codec Pack 4.0.9

    Pros

    Easy to download/install
    Just as easy to uninstall

    Cons

    Did not help one single bit

    Summary

    Did not work....uninstalled

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