Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack
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Full user review
"BEWARE OF ADDITIONAL SOFTWARE & UNFORETOLD HAPPENINGS"
Has a decent amount of codecs
Will get most videos to play
Packaged with add-ons and unwanteds
At minimum installs unneeded media player
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.