Still celebrating National IT Professionals Day with 3 months of free Premium Membership. Use Code ITDAY17

x
?
Solved

Choosing codec in Windows Media Player 10

Posted on 2006-06-26
9
Medium Priority
?
4,286 Views
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Hi,

When I try playing a dvd with WMP10 it seems to be using a 3rd party codec which is now prompting me to register. How do I revert back to the original codec that comes with Microsoft? Anyway I am assuming there are several different codecs for each filetype on my system now. Surely there has to be a way to choose which codec to use to play the various types of files right? So how do I choose say... which codec to use to play .avi files and likewise for dvd?

Thanks.
0
Comment
Question by:happyguy82
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 4
9 Comments
 
LVL 21

Accepted Solution

by:
shuboarder earned 300 total points
ID: 16996379
I'm assuming you have Windows XP...

To display the codecs you have installed do the following:

Start >> Right Click My Computer >> Properties >> Hardware Tab >> Device Manager >> Expand the Sound Video and Audio controllers >> Audio Codecs (Double click) >> Properties Tab

The list of audio codecs you have installed will be displayed.

You can remove codecs by highlighting and clicking the remove button.

Hope this helps!
0
 

Author Comment

by:happyguy82
ID: 17006322
Ahhh ok this looks like i'm getting somewhere. I'll give this a try tonight Thanks.

1 other thing, if I remove it from there it only deletes the .dll file. How do I complete uninstall the whole codec installation?

Thanks.
0
 
LVL 21

Expert Comment

by:shuboarder
ID: 17007551
Did the codec pack have a proper installation?

Can you look under Start >> Control Panel >> Add/Remove Programs

See if the codec pack in question is listed here. Highlight it and click "remove"
0
Survive A High-Traffic Event with Percona

Your application or website rely on your database to deliver information about products and services to your customers. You can’t afford to have your database lose performance, lose availability or become unresponsive – even for just a few minutes.

 

Author Comment

by:happyguy82
ID: 17008457
Hi shuboarder,

Thanks, but what IF it is not listed in the Add/Remove Programs list?

Thanks.
0
 
LVL 21

Expert Comment

by:shuboarder
ID: 17009021
Can you find anything under program files in Windows Explorer?
System registry?

Start >> Run >> Regedit
0
 

Author Comment

by:happyguy82
ID: 17010072
shuboarder,

Thanks. But my concern is... even IF I manage to find something under explorer or regedit, how would I know what other files and tied to that codec?

Thanks.
0
 
LVL 21

Expert Comment

by:shuboarder
ID: 17010213
I would think once the message stops appearing and prompting you to register the codec you'll know you've got it!
0
 

Author Comment

by:happyguy82
ID: 17024068
I tried your method. Once the dll file is removed from that list it keeps coming back  don't know why.

Is there a utility which shows all the installed codec in the system and allows you to choose which to use to play what?

Thanks.
0
 
LVL 18

Assisted Solution

by:crissand
crissand earned 200 total points
ID: 17026478
First I have to say that Microsoft doesn't provide a mpeg2 codec for viewing DVD's, but recommends third party codecs. Now, all you have to do is to install a free mpeg2 codec, or buy a dvd decoder package.

I use to recommend the first solution, try:

AVS DVD Player from here: http://www.avsmedia.com/DVDPlayer/index.aspx as an alternative dvd player

or

download and install ffdshow package, it's a software decoder for a lot of video and audio fromats from here:

http://www.free-codecs.com/download/FFDShow.htm
0

Featured Post

Learn how to optimize MySQL for your business need

With the increasing importance of apps & networks in both business & personal interconnections, perfor. has become one of the key metrics of successful communication. This ebook is a hands-on business-case-driven guide to understanding MySQL query parameter tuning & database perf

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

You may or may not be familiar with Kodi (http://www.kodi.tv) the open source software media player and entertainment hub that can be installed on Linux, OSX, Windows, iOS, and Android.  Kodi which started off as X-Box Media Center (XBMC) many years…
Tired of waiting for your show or movie to load?  Are buffering issues a constant problem with your internet connection?  Check this article out to see if these simple adjustments are the solution for you.
Users will learn how resize a batch of photos from a single command in Photoshop via Photoshop's Image Processor. Open up an Image you'd like to resize in Adobe Photoshop: Adjust the image size according to your preferences. Image > Adjustments > …
This video teaches viewers how to process images for a time-lapse video. Programs required: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe After Effects, Video Editing Program. In Adobe Lightroom: Import sequence image files into Adobe Lightroom: Develop settings of an I…

705 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question