Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack

Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.5b
  • Total Downloads:
    10,231,921
  • Date Added:
    May 03, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    10.98MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    7,718
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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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  • Current Version

    3.1

    out of 20 votes

    • 5 star 4
    • 4 star 7
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 5
  • All Versions

    3.4

    out of 576 votes

    • 5 star 188
    • 4 star 163
    • 3 star 50
    • 2 star 36
    • 1 star 139
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1 stars

"ad-aware alert - Still rejects 3.5b"

May 07, 2011  |  By edgbaston

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 3.5b

Pros

Nothing 'Pro' to report.

Cons

Hope, dashed. Really disappointed that this very useful product is still rejected by, 'ad-aware alert' quoting, "Zugo (fs). Just tried installing, today, May 7th.

Summary

Please sort this problem out.

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2 stars

"Harder to use than Window Media Player"

July 12, 2011  |  By Dennis M Ripley

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 3.5b

Pros

Free ' ! ' ?

Cons

I never got to see the benefit, since it failed to operate after I went to my Library, or should I say It failed to play my request!

Summary

Window Media Player is find, the software might not understand all the different codes that entertainment is save as but then there ways around that without another software

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2 stars

"Auto-attached "Bing" Seachbar & God-knows-what-else"

July 11, 2011  |  By DBrennan3333

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 3.5b

Pros

Just downloaded it....the codecs appear to be okay (though I just tested a few)

Cons

I have Firefox and this codec program (a) automatically redirected Firefox to Bing.com (setting it as my Home Page) and (b) it had stripped the Firefox search bars and replaced it with Bing crap.

AVG Free anti-spy warned me.

Creepy and insidious.

Summary

Do your research on other codec packages and make sure to create a Restore Point before downloading this thing. It might be malware.

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5 stars

"works great"

July 09, 2011  |  By garfield411

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 3.5b

Pros

easy to set up

Cons

none none none

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2 stars

"Works OK for my needs, but messed with my browsers"

July 04, 2011  |  By annkin33

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 3.5b

Pros

I am able to watch the DVDs I want to watch.

Cons

It changed my firefox and IE homepage, search engine, and keyword URL from Google to Bing. I consider that malware.

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1 stars

"Absolutly Worthless"

July 03, 2011  |  By sterlinglupine

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 3.5b

Pros

Ummm. Nothing.

Cons

Most wont download, if it does it wont unpack/install. Try a netflix DVD in your computer and you will get extremly shrill screach with the added plus of sped up viewing on top of the bonus of pixelating! What a deal!

Summary

Don't bother and no, they are not interested in fixing this. I have been through many consecutive versions.

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4 stars

"It's all good."

July 01, 2011  |  By Peque1920

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 3.5b

Pros

a lot of things.

Cons

nothing that I know of.

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3 stars

"Works w/ purchased DVD's not movies downloaded off TV."

June 25, 2011  |  By gkvogel

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 3.5b

Pros

Easy download works well with purchased movies.

Cons

Doesn't work with movies I downloaded on a blank DVD. I use Sony DVD+R if that makes a difference. Anyone have any any advice before I delete it, that would be nice. Got a toolbar I didn't want but it was easy to delete.

Summary

I don't download music so can't tell if it works with that. If I can get it working with movies that I download then it is a good program.

Updated on Jun 25, 2011

Get an error loading message when click on "video for windows configuration". "ERROR LOADING ff_vfw.dll"

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4 stars

"Just worked first time"

June 13, 2011  |  By raphaelbm

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 3.5b

Pros

Fixed ALL my CODEC problems. I use Windows Media Player. It kept complaining that codecs were missing. (AVI , DivX , MOV videos ). Installed WECP - problem solved.

Cons

No problems whatsoever - great product

Summary

What can I say - solved problems playing videos - fixed. Been working OK for over 2 weeks now. Excellent.

Home of WECP is http://www.mediacodec.org/ .
Hurrah! Thank you CNET and mediacodec.org

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1 stars

"not so great"

June 03, 2011  |  By poppopwilkie

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 3.5b

Pros

it downloads easy

Cons

device still shows needs the codec pack to play.

Summary

media player still wont play the dvd's

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5 stars

"Makes everything work"

May 23, 2011  |  By marloneiken78

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 3.5b

Pros

By installing this i was able to watch all the videos i've downloaded

Cons

None......

Summary

Works, and free, what else do I need :P

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.5b
Version 3.5 includes some minor bug fixes and fixed false positive ad-aware alert.
General
Publisher MediaCodec
Publisher web site http://www.mediacodec.org
Release Date May 04, 2011
Date Added May 03, 2011
Version 3.5b
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 10.98MB
File Name CodecSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 10,231,921
Downloads Last Week 7,718
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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