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Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack

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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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1 stars

"Doesn't work"

June 21, 2016  |  By ______help

2016-06-21 14:14:08  |  By ______help

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 5.0


Easy to remove


Does not work.


Don't bother. Windows 10.

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5 stars

"Finally! Clean, easy install, Virus free and works!"

April 25, 2016  |  By edmire

2016-04-25 15:14:16  |  By edmire

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 5.0


Easy fast install,Not a bunch of miscellaneous junk to clutter your drive.


Unable to find any!


I tried numerous other codec packs...FFD, DivX, K Lite...they either alerted my AVG antivirus and would not install completely, or videos played without sound...or did not play at all.. I will give this one a 9.5 out of 10!

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.0
This version contains unspecified updates, improvements, or bug fixes.
Publisher MediaCodec
Publisher web site
Release Date March 01, 2015
Date Added March 01, 2015
Version 5.0
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 External File
Total Downloads 10,629,946
Downloads Last Week 2,939
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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