Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack

Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 577 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.7
File Size:
12.8MB
Date Added:
April 29, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
10,071,953
Downloads Last Week:
3,282
Product ranking:
#19 in Video Players
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack provides a set of software codecs for viewing and listening to many forms of media in Windows Media Player. While this program merely enhances a media player, it does a fine job of accommodating many different and unusual types of videos and music.

The program's interface is simple to operate, since it maintains the classic media player layout. Its commands are easy to understand and navigate. This codec pack makes it a bit difficult to measure any improvements to Windows Media Player since it's not a player itself but rather a set of add-ons to your current audiovisual software. However, it adds the capability to watch and listen to a bevy of file formats, from DVDs and CDs to video files downloaded from the Internet. Everything played well, and we never found any glitches during our testing. Using this as a basis, we'd say the program was pretty successful. It also offered an interesting subtitle database feature that lets you input subtitles on programs. This wasn't as necessary for DVDs, which normally come with their own subtitles, but it's a thoughtful and useful addition. While we had a difficult time gauging just what this collection of codecs adds to the original media player, we were confident we could watch or listen to practically anything after downloading and installing it.

Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack is freeware. It lets you view many different media types on your player, and we recommend it.

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  • All Versions:

    3.4

    out of 577 votes

    • 5 star: 190
    • 4 star: 163
    • 3 star: 50
    • 2 star: 36
    • 1 star: 138
  • Current Version:

    4.2

    out of 5 votes

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

    "MALWARE!!!"

    July 21, 2014   |   By meinthesun

    Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.7

    Pros

    None. This is malware. Thanks CNet, I trusted you. Now I don't.

    Cons

    Loads several programs ranging from adware to malware. Good luck getting rid of them!

    Summary

    All I wanted was a player for MOV files on Windows. This didn't solve that. Not sure what codecs it actually has...probably none since it is a TROJAN HORSE FOR MALWARE. CNET: Please delete this program for everyone's sake.

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  • 5 stars

    "Everything is okay"

    May 19, 2014   |   By HesterTeller

    Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.7

    Pros

    I use Windows Essentials Codec Pack v2.3d. There is no virus, no spyware. Everything is okay. WECP v2.3d is excellent software. You can trust this version but version 4.4 has insane problems.

    Cons

    You must accept WebCake etc. At this point i can tell you that: Don't install this software!

    Summary

    I have not checked v4.4 against viruses and spywares on my computer. It may contain also virus and spyware. Don't use this software anymore!

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  • 5 stars

    "Everything is okay"

    May 19, 2014   |   By HesterTeller

    Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.7

    Pros

    I use Windows Essentials Codec Pack v2.3d. There is no virus, no spyware. Everything is okay. WECP v2.3d is excellent software. You can trust this version but version 4.4 has insane problems.

    Cons

    You must accept WebCake etc. At this point i can tell you that: Don't install this software!

    Summary

    I have not checked v4.4 against viruses and spywares on my computer. It may contain also virus and spyware. Don't use this software anymore!

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  • 5 stars

    "QuickTime."

    May 12, 2014   |   By pegrodgers

    Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.7

    Pros

    There is no other pack that does the same thing AND simply integrates into your system, with NO new players, or applications LIKE Realplayer and QuickTime.

    Cons

    There is a reason this is called Essential, this is an absolute requirement for folks that watch downloaded video.

    Summary

    If you are using the Windows Media Player or VLC, this is essential to let you make the most of those applications.

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  • 5 stars

    "Still the best after all these years"

    May 07, 2014   |   By BestReviewEver

    Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.7

    Pros

    Allowed me to watch all my vids without a hitch, simply the best codec pack out there, been using this for almost ten years now

    Cons

    none that i can find

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