Windows 7 Codec Pack

Windows 7 Codec Pack

Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 161 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.0.8
File Size:
21.79MB
Date Added:
September 01, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
4,478,348
Downloads Last Week:
41,170
Product ranking:
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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    3.5

    out of 161 votes

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

    1.5

    out of 13 votes

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