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Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 576 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0
  • Total Downloads:
    10,365,683
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 01, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    10.98MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5,214
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #10 in Video Players

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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5 stars

"You can decline installing the bloatware it comes with."

January 25, 2015  |  By ryguy86

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.7

Pros

I needed FLV codecs - I downloaded it. It works.

Cons

None - I have Avast and it did not alarm me of any malware

Summary

People are morons - you can decline the stupid bloatware it comes with. Its that simple. Don't blame anyone but yourself for not reading through the install.

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1 stars

"malware, don't download it. Download VLC Player instead"

October 29, 2014  |  By Dr_Dan_Computer_Services

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.7

Pros

Download VLC Player here:
http://get.videolan.org/vlc/2.1.5/win32/vlc-2.1.5-win32.exe

Cons

Download VLC Player here:
http://get.videolan.org/vlc/2.1.5/win32/vlc-2.1.5-win32.exe

Summary

Download VLC Player here:
http://get.videolan.org/vlc/2.1.5/win32/vlc-2.1.5-win32.exe

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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

"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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1 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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1 stars

"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 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 stars

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

January 05, 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 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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4 stars

"It works.. Sort of."

October 16, 2013  |  By jdobbins

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.5

Pros

Adds new formats.

Cons

Installed the new Codec and my Windows Media Player had no audio! rebooted ans all was well.. Hmmm.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0
This version contains unspecified updates, improvements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher MediaCodec
Publisher web site http://www.mediacodec.org
Release Date March 01, 2015
Date Added March 01, 2015
Version 5.0
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 10.98MB
File Name CodecSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 10,365,683
Downloads Last Week 5,214
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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