Windows 7 Codec Pack

Windows 7 Codec Pack

Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 163 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.1.0
File Size:
22.15MB
Date Added:
September 23, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
4,622,899
Downloads Last Week:
8,754
Product ranking:
#12 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 163 votes

    • 5 star: 73
    • 4 star: 25
    • 3 star: 16
    • 2 star: 13
    • 1 star: 36
  • Current Version:

    3.0

    out of 1 votes

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

    "Codec pack 5 stars, Trojan 0 stars."

    September 26, 2014   |   By swanjame

    Version: Windows 7 Codec Pack 4.1.0

    Pros

    Codec pack is excellent. I have used it for years.

    Cons

    This download includes some sort of Trojan.

    Summary

    I don't need the Trojan.

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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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  • 1 stars

    "BEWARE WILL INSTALL CRAP ON YOUR PC"

    March 08, 2014   |   By jbisciot

    Version: Windows 7 Codec Pack 4.0.8

    Pros

    not worth messing up your PC with viruses and other malware

    Cons

    will install "search conduit" onto your PC if you are not careful! Don't bother installing since they are sleazy.

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  • 1 stars

    "YOU CANNOT AVOID AD-WARE WITH THIS DOWNLOAD"

    February 12, 2014   |   By XFIENX

    Version: Windows 7 Codec Pack 4.0.8

    Pros

    It gave me new codecs which is exactly what it advertized

    Cons

    even when declining the special offers it installs ad-ware and potentially other viruses to your computer.

    Summary

    I've only noticed a few pop ups since I've downloaded this, only appearing while using Google Chrome (I have popup blocker installed also which makes it even more suspicious), but I made sure to do custom installation and uncheck every additional box that it offered so in theory I shouldn't have any additional software at all. I also read the entire terms of service and nowhere did it say that it was going to install anything other than what it claimed to. Yet it seems I've been tricked.

    I wish I could rate this better because it honestly did solve the issues I was having, and with this download, all video files can play with windows media player like I wanted; but now I have some hidden virus somewhere that may take weeks to locate, let alone remove.

    I made a system restore point before installing this and I recommend you do so as well. I haven't decided whether I want to go back to that point and just forget the whole thing or if it's worth trying to debug my system. Regardless, don't download this unless you are prepared for what it's going to give you.

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  • 1 stars

    "Did not work on Win 7 64 bit"

    February 11, 2014   |   By UdderAppreciation

    Version: Windows 7 Codec Pack 4.0.8

    Pros

    Absolutely none

    Cons

    After installation, still unable to play flv and mkv files in Windows Media Player, rendering the installation useless.

    Installation setup/instructions designed to smuggle in unwanted programs.

    Summary

    If you're going to take your chances and install this, select the advanced or custom installation options & pay attention to each step of the installation. They smuggled in toolbar, ad-ware and homepage alterations into the installation process, so be sure to un-check and decline all the offers you don't want; as the default setting is to accept the offers.

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  • 1 stars

    "Pay Attention!"

    January 27, 2014   |   By giant23twentythree

    Version: Windows 7 Codec Pack 4.0.8

    Pros

    Fixed my audio issues.

    Cons

    ... "Conduit" and other "trojan" programs.

    Summary

    You really can't afford to assume and be "click" happy... Pay Attention.

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  • 1 stars

    "TROJAN ALERT!!"

    January 06, 2014   |   By missvanderhagen

    Version: Windows 7 Codec Pack 4.0.8

    Pros

    none as it hacked

    Cons

    stay away please

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  • 1 stars

    "No good do not download"

    January 01, 2014   |   By vgaines

    Version: Windows 7 Codec Pack 4.0.8

    Pros

    Nothing about it is good

    Cons

    It took me a awhile to get it off my computer.

    Summary

    this codec messes up movies when making Movie DVDs. Also the Download comes with Mal ware that one has to use Reg Edit to delete all references to the Mal ware. I use to be able to come here for all my downloads, however with the last few downloads I have obtained here has been loaded with Mal ware, spy ware and such. When I build or rebuild a computer this is the first place I come to now I not too sure what will happen in the future. I can still obtain certain software that has not been corrupted. So I will continue use this site. but not as much as I use to. and I have to be real careful about which software I download. At one time I got all of my Codecs here.

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  • 1 stars

    "DONT DO IT!!!!"

    December 31, 2013   |   By n2tatt2s

    Version: Windows 7 Codec Pack 4.0.8

    Pros

    CODECS WORK LIKE THEY SAY

    Cons

    YOU WLL SPEND MORE TIME RIDDING YOUR MACHNE OF UNWANTED ADD ONS. AND YOUR ANTI VIRUS SFTWARE WILL WORK OVERTIME RIDDING UR MACHINE OF THE TROJANS.

    Summary

    WHAT HAPPEND TO THIS SITE??? IT USED TO BE THE BEST. IM DISAPPOINTED CNET.

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