Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack

Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack

Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 578 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1
  • Total Downloads:
    10,034,160
  • Date Added:
    April 12, 2007
  • File Size:
    12.8MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    9,066
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista

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  • Current Version

    3.7

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1 stars

"Contains Adware"

February 16, 2011  |  By bborne23

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 1

Pros

I've no idea what the Pros maight be for the Codec package - if it's got Adware in it then I don't want it on my machine.

Cons

Contains Adware. Why is it on the CNET site?

Summary

CNET needs to remove every package with Adware on their site. It's ruins their reputation, and the packages that contain the Adware poison the rest of the site's downloads -

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5 stars

"I can finally play DVDs on Windows Media Player!"

February 15, 2009  |  By LCB2

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 1

Pros

I was frustrated with my Windows Media Player for not having the codec required to play DVDs. After several hours looking for a free decoder, I stumbled upon this product my second time through download.com. Easy to download and no hassles!

Cons

No problems so far.

Summary



Updated on Feb 15, 2009

Just can't play DVDs with digital copy protection.

Updated on Feb 16, 2009

Spoke too soon!
DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT!!! IT CONTAINS MALWARE!!!
My Internet Explorer and other programs became infected when I downloaded and used it. I had to get rid of it only hours after I downloaded it. My Mozilla was still ok and had to use it to download the programs to clean up my computer.
CNET, CAN YOU PLEASE GET RID OF THIS PROGRAM?

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5 stars

"Very Complete and Very Easy"

February 15, 2009  |  By frogtvjr

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 1

Pros

A very universal set that installs easily. Overall I am most impressed with how easy it integrates into the system. Quickly eliminates the need for multiple media players. Highly recommended for newer, or inexperienced users.

Cons

I would recommend the ability to "turn off" the auto update on the install.

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5 stars

"It just works."

February 10, 2009  |  By johnrobinson99

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 1

Pros

Media Player classic, included in this download, worked flawlessly the first time and every time.

Cons

None so far.

Summary

Windows Media Player not working? Try this one. It just works.

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5 stars

"One of the nicest Freebies"

February 08, 2009  |  By Old_Dog_V

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 1

Pros

Running latest v. on Win XP, & on Vista. I have not used all of the tools in this, but everything I've asked it to do, it did very well. GET IT, WORKS GREAT!!

Cons

Not being a media player expert, I sometimes don't quite what I'm doing. The interface is not as intuitive for the novice as it might be, but even so, the results were always without fault, and involved a minimum of hassle on my part.

Summary

Win Media player in new machine would not work w/o something like this. I didn't really know what I needed, but found this via Cnet. Free, problem solved. I could use better/more tutorials, or include a smart 12 yr. old, but even I' have always been able to figure it out. Great problem solver

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4 stars

"easy to use"

February 08, 2009  |  By asrose

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 1

Pros

works with one click

Cons

nothing found that i dont like

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2 stars

"I think is a good applicat <br /> <br />It is a good aplication"

February 06, 2009  |  By ejbp

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 1

Pros

It open almost all the videos i a variety of formats. You can save the video and play it with this software

Cons

It can be upgraded when need it

Summary

I think is a good produc, but i unsinstalled it because got into conflic wiht the Flip Video Camcorder application. I need this software for my work

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5 stars

"Awesome little CODEC utility."

January 25, 2009  |  By phutchinson71

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 1

Pros

I use this on all new computer installs. When clients buy a new computer and want the bloatware removed I reinstall windows and then install this and it works great. You do not have to install any other DVD decoders.

Cons

I can not find any that the normal person wouldfind as a con. It works with virtually everything.

Summary

If you want to be able to play all files with the built in media player in windows this is the codec pack to get, I used to use k-lite but it seems to large and combersome to install.

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3 stars

"there really isnt to many vidz it cant play"

January 24, 2009  |  By luvbite1981

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 1

Pros

a hoel bunch of formats for your video, fast an a friendly user website to download extras, a great extendion for your media player

Cons

it doesnt have every format, its up there with VLC an real but i still use real cz of the wide range of formats it can play

Summary

this is a great extra for your windows media player, if your downloading mass amounts of vidz like i am, keep in mind, it wont paly them all

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4 stars

"Fast file upload. Better than Windows Media Player"

January 11, 2009  |  By BrJustin

 |  Version: Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack 1

Pros

Plays more files than Windows Media Player and uploads them faster.

Cons

Doesn't play mov files so I recommend Kantaris which plays everything including that and has excellent performance too. Also the controls like filters etc, don't come with instructions.

Summary

It plays better than Windows Media Player but not better than Kantaris which is also free and plays mov files as well. Media Player Classic is a great program just I'd like more instruction on how to use some of its controls and options.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1
This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.
General
Publisher MediaCodec
Publisher web site http://www.mediacodec.org
Release Date April 12, 2007
Date Added April 12, 2007
Version 1
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Rippers & Converting Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
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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