K-Lite Codec Pack 13.8.1 Update

K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of components needed for audio and video playback in DirectShow players such as Windows Media Player, Media Center, and Media Player Classic. It contains everything you need to play all common audio and video file formats. It also provides additional functionality such a thumbnail generation in Explorer. The pack has a very advanced installer which is highly flexible and has unique problem solving capabilities.

Thanks to SalaR for the update.

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I consider this as the first pack to consider if you need additional codecs. And it can indeed solve problems you may have, including some odd stability ones.

 

But with some media players like VLC and Pop Player, you don't need additional codecs and they provide an alternative approach.