XP Codec Pack is one of the most complete codec packs which helps you to play all major audio and video formats. And to complete your multimedia experience, instead of 3 or 4 different players you get one simple integrated player that plays almost all audio and video files: Media Player Classic.
Reviewing 2.5.8 (Sep 26, 2013)
XP Codec Pack is Useful for the Everyday users who just want to play around with Vids & Audio & couldn't care less about AR's, BitRates, Quality etc. Maybe even to use WinMovieMaker to it's full Extent. For the Guys who drop into this category then XP-Cpack is worthy of 5*
If you trawl the Web for Anything & Everything or want to get into Serious ripping, transcoding, Re-Encoding etc. Cover your Asses with one of the Big-Boy Codec packs. They contain Every A/v codec you should need, Tweeking tools, & in some cases, Obsolete codecs are also available. You won't go much wrong with: http://fileforum.betanew...-Pack_Beta/1080441198/1
For the real Serious or Wannabee's .. h**p://free-codecs.com
Reviewing 2.5.2 Beta 2 (Apr 11, 2012)
Just get VLC and forget all this codec crap.
Reviewing 2.4.1 (Aug 2, 2008)
You two are being closed-minded zealots regarding this codec pack. It is not a "kitchen sink" pack, and in fact has little a sane person would find objectionable. Not only that, you can opt not to install certain items.
Reviewing 2.3.7 (Apr 16, 2008)
I agree completely & have said this for years.
All you really need are DivX, XviD & AC-3 Audio...
it is highly unlikely that you will need anything else..not including Real or QT.
Reviewing 2.3.4 (Dec 8, 2007)
IMNSHO, codec packs are a complete and often dangerous waste of time.
Pick the codecs you absolutely need, download the latest versions and install them. Upgrade them only if absolutely necessary - don't jump just because a new version comes out. Your system will run cleaner and give far less grief.
I personally have been using that methodology for years (in my case it's a grand total of 6 codecs, not all of them the latest and greatest versions) and I've never been sorry.
I have however seen the results of using the codec packs and their scattershot approach on the machines of various friends and associates. Many have come crying to me to fix various foibles caused by this type of crap and my advice is always the same:
Reformat and start over.
Apply some intelligent and constructive thought to your particular situation and you won't need rubbish like this.
ONE star for a genre (Cidec Packs) that is FAR more trouble than it's ever been worth.
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