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Windows 7 Codec Pack

Free
Download Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 169 votes out of 0 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.1.6
  • Total Downloads:
    4,964,122
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 29, 2016
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    36.99MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,299
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #10 in Video Players

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Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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2 stars

"dunno how to download"

January 26, 2016  |  By dickyliu12

2016-01-26 02:02:23  |  By dickyliu12

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

I got no download button here

Cons

I got no download button here.

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4 stars

"worked fine for me"

July 14, 2015  |  By shadow3156

2015-07-14 01:09:55  |  By shadow3156

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Easy install, does what you want it to.
No viruss that I found

Cons

Tries to install extra software. Can be stopped by using advanced install and deselecting what you don't want

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1 stars

"Tried to give me a malware"

May 01, 2015

2015-05-01 18:41:58

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

There are none...seriously just why cnet?

Cons

Tried to give me a malware named Open Candy. Then it failed to install after AVG told it it was bad.

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5 stars

"A full and complete set of all the codecs! Nice!"

April 29, 2015  |  By Kent Pomares

2015-04-29 17:37:55  |  By Kent Pomares

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

1 - Didn't have to do extra work in finding all these individual codecs.
2 - I found it on CNET. Reliable and safe. Most of the time.
3 - The installation gave me complete control rather than do it for me.

Cons

Having to read these misguided reviews about this thing being a Virus. To anyone reading this. Your system is likely already infected and since the codec pack you downloaded and installed hit on core index registries of your system, it would have sent up flags to your AntiVirus solution ((Assuming you even have one running, and a legally owned one at that)) as infected or suspicious files. No, THIS IS NOT A VIRUS. You just might not be taking as good a care of your system than you should be or think you are. There are other possibilities, but being protected myself and somewhat knowledgeable on this topic, I'd advise you get some expert advice on maintaining your system. Sorry this was a bad experience for you, but ranting in caps is a form of useless pollution of the net.

Summary

I'm a happy camper. Back to media contact production!

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1 stars

"I got a virus"

April 14, 2015  |  By Sam Diet

2015-04-14 06:01:23  |  By Sam Diet

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

NONE! got a virus OpenCandy

Cons

OpenCandy is a software that installs an additional program to display and/or download to your device unwanted advertisements, toolbars and may be considered privacy-invasive.

Summary

I stopped it and deleted it. Don't think I'll download anymore of Cnet stuff.

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1 stars

"I downloaded some malware."

November 30, 2014  |  By ThisIsNotATroll

2014-11-30 06:39:01  |  By ThisIsNotATroll

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Everybody needs codecs.

Cons

Nobody likes malware.

Summary

Immediately after downloading this file malware was detected. I scanned the other stuff I downloaded. It wasn't that.

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3 stars

"Codec pack 5 stars, Trojan 0 stars."

September 26, 2014  |  By swanjame

2014-09-26 01:08:47  |  By swanjame

 |  Version: Not Found

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

2014-08-07 04:25:52  |  By One7even

 |  Version: Not Found

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

2014-06-10 15:23:43  |  By my911

 |  Version: Not Found

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

2014-03-08 12:57:32  |  By jbisciot

 |  Version: Not Found

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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.1.6
Version 4.1.6 may include unspecified updates.
General
Publisher Windows 7 Codec Pack
Publisher web site http://www.windows7codecs.com
Release Date April 29, 2016
Date Added April 29, 2016
Version 4.1.6
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 36.99MB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 4,964,122
Downloads Last Week 3,299
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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