Windows 7 Codec Pack

Windows 7 Codec Pack

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 164 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0.8
  • Total Downloads:
    4,614,239
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 01, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    22.15MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    8,601
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #12 in Video Players

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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  • Current Version

    1.5

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star 1
    • 4 star 0
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 11
  • All Versions

    3.5

    out of 164 votes

    • 5 star 73
    • 4 star 25
    • 3 star 16
    • 2 star 13
    • 1 star 37
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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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1 stars

"Klote produkt"

November 12, 2013  |  By tinnefkop

 |  Version: Windows 7 Codec Pack 4.0.8

Pros

Geeft je dingen die je niet wilt.
CNET was ooit een mooie bron van info en spullen, maar niet meer!

Cons

Geeft je dingen die je niet wilt.
CNET was ooit een mooie bron van info en spullen, maar niet meer!

Summary

Geeft je dingen die je niet wilt.
CNET was ooit een mooie bron van info en spullen, maar niet meer!

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5 stars

"It works fine for me."

November 10, 2013  |  By swanjame

 |  Version: Windows 7 Codec Pack 4.0.8

Pros

You hardly know it's there except that you have the codecs to play virtually anything.

Cons

None. I opt out of whatever offers I don't want.

Summary

I have had it on one Windows 7 notebook for over three years, on a Windows 7 netbook for over a year, and on a Windows 8 tablet for a few weeks,

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1 stars

"Terrible. Avoid this product."

October 15, 2013  |  By nullhogarth

 |  Version: Windows 7 Codec Pack 4.0.8

Pros

Provides a few minimally useful codecs that most users either already have or don't need.

Cons

Installs software that NO ONE wants or needs along with the codecs.

Summary

Use at your own risk, but be aware that this product installs software that you may not want, along with the codecs it advertises.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.0.8
Version 4.0.8:
  • Updated LAV filters to 0.58.2.
  • Updated LAV filters x64 to 0.58.2.
  • Updated DXVA/Intel Quick Sync detection database.
General
Publisher Windows 7 Codec Pack
Publisher web site http://www.windows7codecs.com
Release Date August 30, 2013
Date Added September 01, 2013
Version 4.0.8
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 22.15MB
File Name windows.7.codec.pack.v4.1.0.setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 4,614,239
Downloads Last Week 8,601
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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