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Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack

CNET 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't bother full of malware"

    February 23, 2014  |   By vieyavieya

    Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.6

    Pros

    Maybe the codecs if it installed that but to be real honest there were no pros besides that.

    Cons

    It installed several pieces of malware. I don't know where the positive is in that. It's impossible to remove.

    Summary

    All in all I would stay away from this software. It shouldn't even be available on CNET of all places. This is basically software with a virus/malware hiding inside. This software should be deleted of this website so others don't get the malware from installing this piece of junk.

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    "Does not play flv or mkv in WMP, win 7 64"

    February 11, 2014  |   By UdderAppreciation

    Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.6

    Pros

    absolutely none

    Cons

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

    Summary

    Installation setup/instructions designed to smuggle in unwanted programs. 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 junk 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installs several annoying malware"

    January 30, 2014  |   By akumse

    Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.6

    Pros

    I assume it installed the codecs...along with the other unwanted adware/malware.

    Cons

    Installs adware/malware without asking. MySearchDial is impossible to remove.

    Summary

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It installs ad-ware! Don't install!"

    January 5, 2014  |   By smokingpineapple

    Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.6

    Pros

    I guess it has codecs.

    Cons

    The installer also had some bundled ad-ware (deals bonanza or some garbage). It never asked me if I wanted to install it. It would be nice if that was mentioned here.

    Summary

    I would not have downloaded it if I knew it was going to install junk like that.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "wmp11 plays all my media files now"

    December 10, 2013  |   By rgw66

    Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.6

    Pros

    now ive uninstalled windows essentials media codeC pack 4.6

    Cons

    its easy to delete

    Summary

    get k-lite

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