Download Windows Essentials Codec Pack 4.0 Free
Choosing the right codec pack can be a hard task before you actually try some of them because there are dozens that can be found on the internet. It’s hard to pick one as all the developers claim that their product is the best. However, some of them not only that are not of any help when it comes to more complex formats, but they tend to slow down your operating system.
Windows Essentials Codec Pack is one of the most popular codec software on the market and, according to the developer, it includes a vast set of codecs that will allow you to play a wide range of video and audio files (almost 99% of them).
Windows Essentials Codec Pack provides all the necessary codecs and filters for any format. What I like the most about this pack is the fact that it includes just one codec per format and doesn’t crowd you with multiple one which can produce conflicts and errors. Windows Essentials Codec Pack also comes with some tools with which you can configure the codecs as well as with a free copy of Media Player Classic.
Windows Essentials Codec Pack is very easy to install, just like any other software. Just download the executable file, launch it and all you have to do is follow the instructions of the wizard. The custom installation enables you to decide which codecs to be installed and which are needless. Also, your pack will keep in touch with the latest codecs as Windows Essentials Codec Pack features a special update utility. Nevertheless, you should pay attention when you install the pack because it offers to install a toolbar and tries to change the home page of your browser as well as your default search engine. These are things that the software doesn’t need to fully function so, don’t let it mess up your browser. You can uncheck all these items from the installation wizard.
Once installed, Windows Essentials Codec Pack will allow you to play CDs, DVDs, (S)VCDs and XCDs and lots of audio and video file formats such as 3GP, AAC, AC3, APE, AVI, DivX, 3ivx, DAT, h.264, x264, AVC, DTS, Nero Digital, FLV, FLAC, HD-MOV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPC, M4A, MP3, MP4, MO3, MOD, MKV/MKA, MTM, OFR, TTA, OGG/OGM, S3M, Vorbis, VOB, WavPack, ATRAC3, XviD, XM, WV 3GP, AAC, AC3, APE, AVI, DivX, 3ivx, DAT, h.264, x264, AVC, DTS, Nero Digital, FLV, FLAC, HD-MOV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPC, M4A, MP3, MP4, MO3, MOD, MKV/MKA, MTM, OFR, TTA, OGG/OGM, S3M, Vorbis, VOB, WavPack, ATRAC3, XviD, XM, WV, UMX and many others.
I myself, have tried playing various formats and absolutely all of them worked like a charm. As an overall idea, all I can say is that Windows Essentials Codec Pack is indeed reliable and if you are looking for a codec pack that can play them all, this is it.