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Checking installed video codecs on Windows 7

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is the Gizmo Gal for iYogi. A writer by choice and Gizmo Geek by nature, she brings the hottest and latest happening in the Gadgets’ world. So, when you need a peek inside the tech world, you know where the action is.

If you try playing a file format that a video player cannot play, it would tell you that it required a codec to play that particular file. Codec is short for compression and decompression. These codecs compress and decompress the files that are really huge and only then you’d be able to watch them on your computer. So if you ever receive the error on your video player, check if that codec is installed on your computer first.

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Do you know where to check for the installed codecs on your computer? Here’s how you can do that in a few simple steps:

1. Click on ‘Start’ and go to ‘All Programs’
2. Select ‘Windows Media Player’
3. Click on ‘Organize’, point to ‘Layout’ and then select ‘Show menu bar’ option
4. On the ‘Help’ menu, click ‘About Windows Media Player’.
5. On the ‘About Windows Media Player’ dialog box, click ‘Technical Support Information’ link.
6. Your web browser will open a page that includes information about the related binary files, codecs, filters, plug-ins, and services installed on your computer.

Now that you know how to check for the installed codecs you can see if the codec that you need is installed or not in future.


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