Saturday, January 09, 2010

Solved: Windows Media Player error downloading codec error

Some context...

On my hand built Intel Core2 Duo E7200 @ 2.53GHz system, I'm still running Win XP SP2 with Windows Media Player version 9. Haven't upgraded to Windows Media Player 11 yet mainly because I haven't really used this computer for anything. I built it earlier this year thinking I will probably need the processor power at some point. Now that I'm doing Canon 7D movies, I need to actually start downloading some codecs so I can play videos on WMP.

My problem...

When I opened up Pinnacle created MPG files for my Canon 7D in Windows Media Player 9, it was saying that it couldn't find the codec. To be more specific, the error code stated "error downloading codec". I haven't tried, but I probably can't play DVDs on my DVD drive either. The solution though is easy and I'm posting the solution here to help folks Googling about...

The solution

I have been downloading off CNET's Download site for over a decade because they offer virus free software packages. Here's a codec that fixed my video problems and it also install DVD/VCD codecs.

Hope this helps someone out.

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