Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack

Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 578 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.1
  • Total Downloads:
    10,034,160
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 18, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    12.8MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    9,066
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #12 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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  • Current Version

    2.0

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star 2
    • 4 star 1
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 9
  • All Versions

    3.4

    out of 578 votes

    • 5 star 190
    • 4 star 163
    • 3 star 50
    • 2 star 36
    • 1 star 139
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1 stars

"DO NOT DOWNLOAD - CONTAINS A VIRUS"

October 30, 2012  |  By caradavi

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.1

Pros

None so far

Cons

Downloaded the file and did not even open it, hit with two kill viruses - working hard to clean system now, it is tacking itself on to as many files as it can...

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1 stars

"STUFFED FULL OF ADWARE"

October 23, 2012  |  By The-Devil-987654

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.1

Pros

None the software is an Adware filled piece of garbage

Cons

Despite my telling it not to install extra toolbars the garbage software installed Adware on my computer.

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1 stars

"ADWARE found!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on cNET secure download!!!"

October 17, 2012  |  By turquazman

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.1

Pros

NO INSTALL!

Cons

Begin scan in 'D:\Documents\T\Belgelerim\Downloads\WECPSetup.exe'
D:\Documents\T\Belgelerim\Downloads\WECPSetup.exe
[DETECTION] Contains virus patterns of Adware ADWARE/InstallCore.Gen
[NOTE] The file was moved to the quarantine directory under the name '525489a2.qua'.

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1 stars

"CRASHED my video editor"

September 15, 2012  |  By terrystephens16

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.1

Pros

No obvious ones.

Cons

Crashed Corel Videostudio 5 Ultimate to the point I had to do reinstall after removing Windows media codec pack. I did not NEED there Video player installed and you CAN'T opt. out of the install

Summary

It's a PROGRAM CRASHER And it is not really FREE when they force installation of things you Don't want.Free with a catch is exactly that!!!!!

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3 stars

"BEWARE OF ADDITIONAL SOFTWARE & UNFORETOLD HAPPENINGS"

August 26, 2012  |  By bgushee

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.1

Pros

Has a decent amount of codecs
Will get most videos to play

Cons

Packaged with add-ons and unwanteds
At minimum installs unneeded media player

Summary

While this software does come with a decent amount of codecs and was able to get my videos playing it is packaged with not one not two not three but four different clever attempts to install additional software. The default installation will install something you don't want, checking either one of the next two agree to terms boxes will install something you don't want, and finally accepting the final terms will install something you don't want. I just wanted to install a simple codec pack and found myself navigating through a mine field of unwanted software installation attempts. Similar to how torrent sites have giant download buttons that are really advertisements for software you don't want... proceed with caution. Advanced installation, not accept, not accept, decline is the path to take to getting your codecs. Even doing that you will get a classic version of windows media player installed on your system and an additional scheduled task in your control panel.

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1 stars

"not even sure what it is supposed to do"

August 25, 2012  |  By mikeinwb

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.1

Pros

dont know any

Cons

i got it because Divx sometimes told me that i needed ac3 to hear the sound so i downloaded this, i dont think it works and i am not sure why it down loaded a whole player when i already have to many playiers on my computer.

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1 stars

"Totally Disappointed-Bad stuff happens when you install"

August 17, 2012  |  By bombersfan

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.1

Pros

none. It only played the video, no audio.

Oh if you like to spend a day getting rid of unwanted toolbars, extensions and resetting your home pages, this software is for you!

Cons

everything.

1. Unwanted Toolbars
2. Changed Search Providers
3. Changed Home Pages
4. Added extensions to Chrome, FF and IE.

After explicitly reading the installation windows and checking and unchecking boxes to be sure I wouldn't end up with crap on my computer, I ended up with it anyway. This software doesn't work - DO NOT DOWNLOAD

Summary

Totally disappointed that CNET would list this garbage. I have trusted CNET for software guidance for many years and this is the most disappointing experience I have every had here. Don't download this

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4 stars

"Expands the abilities of Windows Media Player"

August 14, 2012  |  By nelbert0042

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.1

Pros

Adds to the functionality of Wimdows Media Player

Cons

Any cons would be cons of WMP not of the codec pack

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1 stars

"Tries to install loads of garbage"

July 26, 2012  |  By Dajoca100

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.1

Pros

None. It did not install anything useful once I had unchecked all of the toolbars and spyware rubbish.

Cons

Toolbars and spyware galore. The whole thing is just a package to get this garbage onto your system.

Summary

Terrible waste of a download. Cnet should be publicly shamed for promoting rubbish like this and users should avoid like the plague.

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1 stars

"MALWARE!!!!!!!!"

July 24, 2012  |  By I-h8-malware

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 4.1

Pros

The positives are that it puts antivirus applications through their paces.

Cons

The positive reviews are false. Just look at the username profiles where it lists what they have reviewed.

Summary

CNET should write a new review.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.1
Version 4.1 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher MediaCodec
Publisher web site http://www.mediacodec.org
Release Date June 18, 2012
Date Added June 18, 2012
Version 4.1
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows NT, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 98
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 12.8MB
File Name WECPSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 10,034,160
Downloads Last Week 9,066
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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