Updating codecs on windows media player
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For the majority of people, we don't recommend using them. Just because you haven't doesn't mean nobody has, though. You're lucky, and that's fine, but that doesn't change the fact that we, and many others, do not recommend installing codec packs (except for some fringe cases, noted below).And before you write in the comments "I use K-Lite/Shark007/whatever and never had any problems! Luckily, most of the best video players out there—like the popular VLC or our personal favorite, Pot Player—have their own self-contained sets of codecs, that won't conflict with anything on your system, nor do they require any kind of separate management or updating on your part.
Are they better than just using something like VLC, and if so, which one should I use?Sincerely, Confused About Codecs Dear Confused, You've stumbled on a somewhat divisive issue, and while it the subject can be confusing, there are only a few things you need to know to deal with codec issues.Here's a simple rundown of what codec packs are and when you should use them. Mac users have a codec pack called Perian which works great, and is useful if you want to watch videos in Quick Time or i Tunes rather than VLC.A codec is a computer program that can encode or decode video.Different codecs work for different types of video.Some codecs ship with your computer (for example, your computer can play Div X-encoded files—which you'll often see with an AVI extension—out of the box), while others may not (for example, your operating system will often have problems playing H.264 video, often with the MKV file extension, without some extra effort on your part).
If you download a video your computer can't play, it will often ask you to download and install the correct codec, so your default media player can play it.
Codec packs are pieces of software that attempt to make the process easier by installing a number of different codecs at once, so you don't have to deal with finding each one individually. Unfortunately, they tend to cause more problems than they solve, conflicting with other programs, not to mention sometimes being hotbeds for adware and/or spyware.
The Windows Media 9 Series Codec Install Package is used to install the latest Windows Media codecs.
This package can be used as an alternative to automatically downloading Windows Media Codecs, or to correct problems experienced with previously-downloaded codecs.
Dear Lifehacker, I've heard of (and even sometimes used) video players like VLC when Windows Media Player prompts me to download "new codecs", but I've also heard people talk about codec packs like K-Lite, Shark007, and CCCP.
What exactly are these codec packs and what do they do?