Friday, December 3, 2010

Banish ‘Codec Missing’ Errors Forever [Codecs]

We’ve all been pelted with the ‘Codec Missing’ error some point of time in our lives. This error can be very often found in Windows Media Player, DivX, Winamp, etc.; and nothing could irritate you more than seeing an error message when you are contemplating to watch a movie. In this post, I am going to help you get out of this situation by mentioning simple implementations that will help you banish these errors forever.

Codec Missing

1. Get VLC Media Player:

VLC Media Player  has been programmed to work without codecs on your PC and using it should alleviate these error messages by at least 80%. It is said that VLC can play all the formats out there, but to be frank; that isn’t true. VLC can play a LOT of video formats without having to install codecs for them, but not every format you stumble upon.

2. Grab the K-lite Player with Codecs:

Media Player Classic Home Cinema alleviates codec error

If you still get errors after using VLC Media Player, you should consider getting K-lite Player (Media Player Classic Home Cinema) with Codecs. This software does a good job of playing all the formats you’ll need. Remember, that K-lite Player should co-exist with VLC since it is not capable of playing the ‘video’ in certain files. You can also choose to opt out of installing the player during installation.

3. Grab JUST the Codecs:

Shark007

OK. If you aren’t really into installing an additional Media Player on your PC. This one should do the job. Windows 7 Codecs is an excellent package by shark007.net that does a very good job in playing any video you throw at it. The best thing about it is that it’s not locked with any player and you can make use of it from VLC, Windows Media Player or virtually anything else. The developer has also released codecs for 64-bit Operating systems. If you have a 64-bit computer, installing the 32-bit before the 64-bit version is a pre-requisite.

32-bit: Download Windows 7 Codecs | Download Windows Vista/XP Codecs [Shark007]

64-bit: Check this page for instructions.

Whatever option you choose, I’d strongly recommend that you use VLC Media Player since it should take care of most codec issues by itself. You can choose to either follow point 2 or 3 in order to completely Banish ‘Codec Errors’. If you still get errors after implementing the aforesaid tips, make sure that you have all the system drivers (mainly the video or graphic) properly installed. Driver Pack Solution should help you in detecting and installing drivers in any computer model.

Let us know in comments about other ways of alleviating codec problems.