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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:
    4.0
  • Total Downloads:
    10,231,921
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 17, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    10.98MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    7,718
  • Platform:
    Windows
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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

    1.7

    out of 23 votes

    • 5 star 2
    • 4 star 1
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 15
  • 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

"Adware and/or Virus"

January 27, 2013  |  By skycatcher

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.0

Pros

None - Loading is Blocked by Avira

Cons

Adware or Virus is Blocking Loading

Summary

Doesn't ANYONE from CNET actually READ these warnings...?????

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1 stars

"Zero if Possible!"

June 05, 2012  |  By observer1952

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.0

Pros

NONE. This is as bad as a virus.

Cons

Ran a Malwarebytes scan & it came up in 4 areas, as critical! It says it's quarantined and removed. I hope so. It is nothing but spyware and adware!

Summary

I was tired & a program said I needed this download. I always read the reviews. I broke my own rule & just downloaded. MY FAULT. I don't know why this hasn't been pulled by CNET by this time. I will be afraid to download here from now on. I am also disappointed in my virus protection...in a way. I am new to Windows 7 & it is constantly asking me if I should let something through. I looked and the application was from Windows, so I let it through.

Something is WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE!

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1 stars

"Contains virus: Do not install"

May 31, 2012  |  By DESiegel60

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.0

Pros

Could not evaluate

Cons

As downloaded from Cnet, this contains what Zone Alarm reprots to be a virus. Treating it required deleting the installer program.

Summary

No way to evaluate the program safely until the virus is removed from the download.

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1 stars

"SPYWARE! Do NOT Download/install!"

May 16, 2012  |  By bhenning1

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.0

Pros

This program contains added crapware/spyware, DO NOT INSTALL!

Cons

This program contains added crapware/spyware, DO NOT INSTALL!

Summary

I always do the custom install option because a lot of free programs try to install other programs or change your internet homepage. I turned off all of those things, but this program still installed DealPly on my computer a few other things. Cnet needs to remove programs that try to pull this kind of stuff.

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2 stars

"Good package (...) but (...)"

May 11, 2012  |  By idesignyou

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.0

Pros

Good package, diversified and useful...

Cons

...but it has applications of user monitoring.

Summary

High codec quality, low privacy after install. Do not recommend.

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1 stars

"Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack: malicious software"

April 08, 2012  |  By fperafan

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.0

Pros

I don't know. Never installed.

Cons

16 out of 42 antivirus at VirusTotal flagged it as malicious (adware, trojan, virus).

Summary

This was supposed to be a "CNET Secure Download".

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1 stars

"Babylon Search Virus comes down with WEMCP v4"

April 02, 2012  |  By fredchu

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.0

Pros

Great video quality.

Cons

Do not download and install Windows Essential Media Codec Pack v4. I found (3/31/2012) that it brought along a virus even after being screened by CNET. It installed a Babylon Search engine that wouldn't go away .. until (this morning 4/2/2012) I deleted Window Internet Explorer first and then Firefox and Google together and reinstalled them. It set and reset itself as the home page (even after setting it to default pages). For two hours today, Babylon Search has not reappeared.

Summary

Babylon Search Virus comes down with WEMCP v4, do beware of installing it.

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1 stars

"Comodo AntiVirus flagged as malicious"

March 29, 2012  |  By wrgarrett08

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.0

Pros

I cannot list any pros because Comodo AntiVirus flagged as malicious

Cons

Cannot write a review. Comodo AntiVirus flagged this program as malicious.

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5 stars

"Since I already have WINDOWS XP-PROF.? I LOVE IT!"

March 11, 2012  |  By aloneinelcajon

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.0

Pros

I can listen to ANY radio station all day and all night, ANY genre of music sound SO much better than regular radio.
PLUS? Music is in HD!
It also offered an interesting subtitle database feature that lets you input subtitles on programs, pretty cool.

Cons

I can't seem to get ALOHA JOE Hawaiian Radio show back.
THAT one was by far, my favorite station.

Summary

I LOVE the program, you can keep all the Pandora and other internet radio stations, am keeping THIS one. Stays right in my START-UP menu, as I use it everyday. My DVD's and CD's play without a hitch, am VERY happy about that, especially when I want to COPY my music selections to the Library or blanks to play in my car.

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1 stars

"Can't use product due to antivirus program rejection."

March 05, 2012  |  By warbrook

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.0

Pros

None at this stage.

Cons

ESET antivirus software won't permit downloading this product.

Summary

I can't comment until I obtain a copy that my antivirus software approves.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.0
Version 4.0 contains major updates and bug fixes.
General
Publisher MediaCodec
Publisher web site http://www.mediacodec.org
Release Date February 17, 2012
Date Added February 17, 2012
Version 4.0
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
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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