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Best Free Windows 10/11 Codecs Pack Download and Installation

Get the best codecs for Windows 10 (32 bit & 64 bit) to play video audio media on Windows 10 without errors.

The built-in media player of Windows 10 supports a lot of popular multimedia formats, such as WMV, AVI, MP4, MKV, WMV and MP3. However, there's still a big chance to meet errors, such as "Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The Player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress the file.", when we deal with our multimedia files on Windows 10, after all the number of Windows 10 supported media formats and codecs is microscopic compared to that of all existing codecs. To fix file format/codec not supported issue or other playback problems, we have three solutions, namely, download Windows 10 codecs to install the required codecs on our computer, switch to a more powerful player with numerous codecs inbuilt, and convert videos/audios to Windows 10 media player supported format.

Windows 10 Codecs
Windows 10 Codecs

How to Play Various Video Formats without Downloading Windows 10/11 Codecs?

With WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe coming with 370+ video audio codecs, you can convert virtually all video formats to Windows Media Player supported formats easily and quickly while maintaining high quality. Video editing and compression are also available.

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Part 1. Best Free Codec Pack for Windows 10/11 32bit and 64bit

Google codec packs, and we will be presented with lots of choices. But we should be careful because some codec packs may be bundled with adware, malware or other harmful things. This section we've picked out two clean and safe Windows 10 codecs packs for 32-bit and 64-bit PC.

No.1: K-Lite Codec Pack

According to virus and malware tests performed by LO4D.com, K-Lite Codec Pack is a virus-free download which should be safe to use on Windows 10. This video and audio codecs pack comes with four different variants, Basic, Standard, Full and Mega respectively, ranging from a small bundle to a large one. All of them are free to use, which are able to solve kinds of audio/video not playing errors like Ogg files not playing in Windows 10 etc. K-Lite Codec Pack keeps continuous updates. Its latest version is 13.3.7, released on July 28, 2017.

Making use of just a handful of DirectShow filters, K-Lite Codec Pack can support a large list of formats, even the Basic version. With K-Lite Codec Pack downloaded and installed on Windows 10, you can play Blu-ray, DVD in WMP, VCD/ SVCD/XCD/DTS audio CD (not available in Basic), videos in AVI, MPEG, MP4, MOV, MKV, etc, audios in MP3, Ogg, MKA, FLAC, AMR, AIFF, etc.

Download L-Lite Codec Pack for Windows 10 >>

No.2: Shark007

Shark007 offers free Advanced Codec pack and Standard Codec pack for Windows 10. Their difference lies in that the first includes a full suite of decoders to choose from while the latter only contains LAV filters and VSFilter for subtitles. The latest Advanced Codecs pack version of Shark for Windows 10 is 7.9.4, and the newest Standard Codecs pack edition is 5.3.4. Alternatively, you can choose to download X64Components Standalone Installer.

Shark007 codec pack for Windows 10 supported file types covers AMR, MPC, OFR, DivX, APE, FLAC, EVO, FLV, M4B, MKV, OGG, OGM, RMVB, XviD, and Y4M. Using a right-click will queue them to your Windows 10 Media Player playlist. You can feel free to download this Windows 10 codecs pack on your multi-user system, because Shark007 utilizes UAC rules allowing each user account to have its own unique configuration.

Download Shark007 codecs pack for Windows 10 >>

Part 2. How to Download and Install Codecs in Windows 10/11?

Here, let's take installing K-Lite Mega Codec Pack for Windows 10 as an example.

Step 1. Run the K-Lite Codec Pack file you just downloaded. And then click Next on the first screen. (If you have an old version, you will be required to uninstall it first.)

Step 2. Uncheck Perform quick upgrade on the Upgrade Mode screen and then click Next.

Step 3. Choose Advanced at the Installation Mode panel, and click Next.

Step 4. At Installation Preferences interface, select Windows Media Player for both the Preferred video player and Preferred audio player. Plus, uncheck "Install MPC-HC as a secondary player".

Step 5. When we come to Select Components screen, choose "Profile 0: Lots of stuff (without player)" from the drop-down list and then click Next again.

Install video audio codecs in Windows 10
Install video audio codecs in Windows 10

Step 6. At Additional Tasks and Options, please make sure "Reset all settings to their defaults" is ticked. Then, click Next.

Step 7. If you don't have idea about how to set the Hardware Acceleration settings, don't change the default decoding method, and click Next.

Step 8. Choose your preferred language and click Next.

Step 9. Leave the default settings at File associations panel, and click Next.

Step 10. Leave the default settings again at File associations for Windows Media Player (x86)/(x64), and click Next to move on.

Step 11. Configure your audio and then click Next.

Step 12. If you see Additional Software Offers, make sure to click Decline. Also, uncheck the options such as "Install the Mystart toolbar" and click Decline.

Step 13. Click Install at Ready to Install page. If you're told that DirectShow filter is broken, click Yes to have K-Lite remove erroneous registry entry.

Step 14. Click Finish to exit installation of K-Lite Codec Pack on Windows 10. If a page opens asking you to update, don't do that.

Then, restart your Windows Media Player and it should be able to play video audio files that it didn't support before.

Part 3. How to Play Videos without Downloading Windows 10/11 Codecs?

- For those who have problems when or after installing codecs in Windows 10.

If you have problems during the Windows 10 codecs download and installation, or still can't play certain files properly after codec pack setup, or don't want to download codecs for some reasons, we have two alternatives.

1. Directly download a Windows 10 media player supporting more codecs and formats

With regard to such kind of tool, we highly recommend 5KPlayer - one of the best free Windows 10 media players. It is a lightweight, clean, straightforward, and free multimedia player supporting virtually all video audio formats, without the need of downloading additional video audio codecs for Windows 10.

Besides, it is born with DVD codecs for Windows 10, thus allowing you to play DVDs without issues. Not only home-made DVDs but also copy-protected and region-locked commercial DVDs are accepted.


>> Free Download 5KPlayer to Play Any Videos on Windows 10 without Installing Codecs

2. Convert video format to Windows Media Player playable format

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe can perform this task easily and quickly while keeping highest possible quality. This video converter is embedded with 370+ video audio codecs, capable of converting nearly all videos to MP4, AVI, WMV and other formats compatible with your Windows 10 Media Player.

Supporting the world's most advanced Intel QSV, MMX-SSE, Nvidia CUDA/NVENC, Hyper-threading and AMD 3DNow! Tech, it becomes one of the fastest video converters for Windows. With High Quality Engine and "Yadif Double Frames" De-interlacing Engine applied, output quality is almost the same as the original.

Convert Video to Windows Media Player
Convert Video to Windows Media Player

Related External Source from Wiki:
Codec: A codec is a device or computer program for encoding or decoding a digital data stream or signal. Codec is a portmanteau of coder-decoder...


author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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