Codecs Vista Codec Package

Vista Codec Package 7.2.0 for Windows

by Shark007

Avg. Rating 3.9 (1,626 votes)

File Details

File Size 56.0 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows Vista/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 2,787,835
Publisher Shark007
Homepage Vista Codec Package

Publisher's Description

With Vista Codec Package installed, you won't need to install any other codec or filter. Many user suggested default settings are implemented. It does not contain a media player. It does not associates filetypes. With this package installed you will be able to use any media player (limited only by the players capabilities) to play DVD's, movies and video clips of any format. Streaming video (real and quicktime) is supported in web browsers. Visit the homepage to get a 64bit Addon which enables xvid, divx and DVD playback in Vista's MediaCenter.

Latest Reviews

Betanoob

Betanoob reviewed v6.4.0 on Nov 5, 2012

Best part is the free toolbars and spyware!
Oh and this is the worst codec pack in existence.

jetz

jetz reviewed v6.1.2 on Dec 14, 2011

Clueless foreigners need to read the license agreemant.
This hijacks your browser and will force install malware infested spyware depending on your locale.

xambik

xambik reviewed v6.0.0 on Dec 12, 2011

theshaggyman

theshaggyman reviewed v6.0.0 on Sep 19, 2011

Well, while installing it *asked* me whether I wanted to install

1. the ask toolbar
2. weatherbug

both of which I de-selected, and I got no junk on my system. Maybe the people blindly clicking on "accept" or "agree" to everything ought to be more careful while installing.

I certainly don't look upon this kind of program behaviour as spyware.

It does what it claims, only negative for me was, contrary to its' author's words, it changed all associations to open with media player upon opening the control panel for the first time.

To the author: State clearly what you are doing! you state on your website "It does not install a player program and does not associate filetypes" - latter part of the assertion is no longer true.

Three stars for the above.

sararocs

sararocs reviewed v6.0.0 on Sep 17, 2011

Installs unwanted spyware and on many systems even though you opt out, it installs anyway and their stuff is not easy to remove.

jetz

jetz reviewed v5.9.8 on Aug 2, 2011

Forced spyware!
Do not install this system hijacker!

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v5.9.6 on May 8, 2011

adware

joeshmoe7

joeshmoe7 reviewed v5.9.3 on Apr 7, 2011

Well sorry to say, for the latest version, i got a big surprise of ASK Toolbar all over my browsers (firefox and IE8). And no notification or warning or choice during install. I guess times are tough and all, but i can't recommend any installer that does stealth install of junk like ASK toolbars, injecting them into both IE and FIREFOX (who knows maybe chrome if you have that installed)

Now, I was able to remove them and continue using the codec pack. And to the author's credit, he does give instructions on how to prevent it on the official forums. Still, i have decided to say so long, uninstall, and move on. In my line of work (which includes a lot of malware and junk-software removal), i just can't recommend it. I'll still give it 1 extra star over minimum, for the codec pack itself is quite good and useful.

joeshmoe7

joeshmoe7 reviewed v5.7.8 on Jul 8, 2010

Works great here on old XP.

I just tweak settings to my own needs, this pack + MPC-Homecinema is a WIN

Only one thing bad i could say is, by default = ffdshow audio mixer is on headphone virtual surround??? But easy enough to switch off. Probably just one of those, you know, matter of taste things, i like it pure with no virtual s***ual.

radiomaffia

radiomaffia reviewed v5.6.2 on Feb 26, 2010

good, better, best! No more codecs problems after this also for xp platform. Has some nice progs in the install, every codec can be removed if desired...Use it for years now.

Avg. Rating 3.9 (1,626 votes)
Your Rating
Betanoob

Betanoob reviewed v6.4.0 on Nov 5, 2012

Best part is the free toolbars and spyware!
Oh and this is the worst codec pack in existence.

jetz

jetz reviewed v6.1.2 on Dec 14, 2011

Clueless foreigners need to read the license agreemant.
This hijacks your browser and will force install malware infested spyware depending on your locale.

xambik

xambik reviewed v6.0.0 on Dec 12, 2011

theshaggyman

theshaggyman reviewed v6.0.0 on Sep 19, 2011

Well, while installing it *asked* me whether I wanted to install

1. the ask toolbar
2. weatherbug

both of which I de-selected, and I got no junk on my system. Maybe the people blindly clicking on "accept" or "agree" to everything ought to be more careful while installing.

I certainly don't look upon this kind of program behaviour as spyware.

It does what it claims, only negative for me was, contrary to its' author's words, it changed all associations to open with media player upon opening the control panel for the first time.

To the author: State clearly what you are doing! you state on your website "It does not install a player program and does not associate filetypes" - latter part of the assertion is no longer true.

Three stars for the above.

sararocs

sararocs reviewed v6.0.0 on Sep 17, 2011

Installs unwanted spyware and on many systems even though you opt out, it installs anyway and their stuff is not easy to remove.

jetz

jetz reviewed v5.9.8 on Aug 2, 2011

Forced spyware!
Do not install this system hijacker!

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v5.9.6 on May 8, 2011

adware

joeshmoe7

joeshmoe7 reviewed v5.9.3 on Apr 7, 2011

Well sorry to say, for the latest version, i got a big surprise of ASK Toolbar all over my browsers (firefox and IE8). And no notification or warning or choice during install. I guess times are tough and all, but i can't recommend any installer that does stealth install of junk like ASK toolbars, injecting them into both IE and FIREFOX (who knows maybe chrome if you have that installed)

Now, I was able to remove them and continue using the codec pack. And to the author's credit, he does give instructions on how to prevent it on the official forums. Still, i have decided to say so long, uninstall, and move on. In my line of work (which includes a lot of malware and junk-software removal), i just can't recommend it. I'll still give it 1 extra star over minimum, for the codec pack itself is quite good and useful.

joeshmoe7

joeshmoe7 reviewed v5.7.8 on Jul 8, 2010

Works great here on old XP.

I just tweak settings to my own needs, this pack + MPC-Homecinema is a WIN

Only one thing bad i could say is, by default = ffdshow audio mixer is on headphone virtual surround??? But easy enough to switch off. Probably just one of those, you know, matter of taste things, i like it pure with no virtual s***ual.

radiomaffia

radiomaffia reviewed v5.6.2 on Feb 26, 2010

good, better, best! No more codecs problems after this also for xp platform. Has some nice progs in the install, every codec can be removed if desired...Use it for years now.

Shark007

Shark007 reviewed v5.6.1 on Feb 23, 2010

The MSN Bar's inclussion is an obvious effort at trying to make a few pennies because I realize not everyone is in a postion to donate to FREE projects. It is not blindly or installed in any hidden manner unless you are clicking next next next without reading anything. The toolbar offer occupies an entire installation screen immediately after the EULA presentation. Uninstalling it immediately afterwards negates the install and i receive nothing. You would at least need to try it out for a few days for me to receive anything from its install.

I know I work hard at maintaining and improving my software, so I also rate it at 5

jay46

jay46 reviewed v5.6.1 on Feb 22, 2010

What's with the MSN toolbar?
Sure it uninstalls ok, but if there was an opt out somewhere during install, it was small enough for me to miss. Stills get a 5!

imoso

imoso reviewed v5.5.6 on Feb 4, 2010

very good

Shark007

Shark007 reviewed v5.4.7 on Oct 21, 2009

IakovK, there is nothing rude about informing you that the fact that you choose to turn off UAC is causing your issue. It is your computer and your choice.

ERROR 1152: When a compressed network image (single compressed setup.exe) is launched, the files compressed within it will be extracted to the TEMP folder and launched from that location. If one or more files cannot be extracted, then error 1152 occurs.

IakovK

IakovK reviewed v5.4.7 on Oct 21, 2009

this product doesn't work for me at all: when running its installation file (VistaCodecs_v547.exe), the cryptic error appeared - described in the product forum:
http://shark007.net/foru...ead-Error-1152?pid=4311
but the broken download is not my case. I reported it in that topic and got some rude responses from the author - none of them had any hint about the issue.

So, I wasn't able to use the product.

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