Have you ever clicked on a video just to see it play without sound? I have. Then I spend 20 minutes finding a program that will play the file. For other less techy people (like my parents – sorry, Mom & Dad), if the file doesn’t play, it either goes in the recycle bin or never gets watched.
For those of us who’ve upgraded to Windows 7, avoiding such nuisances is a thing of the past.
Sharky’s Windows 7 Codecs solves the problem elegantly. Download the file, install it, and any audio or video file you attempt to play will play as it should, in most any media player. It doesn’t mess with the default Windows codecs, so you don’t have to worry about messing anything up. For more advanced users, you’ll find that there are a variety of configuration options, but for the non-techy people, don’t worry about it! Just install it and play your media files.
Keep in mind that the program automatically uninstalls other popular codec packages.
If you have a 64-bit version of Windows 7, you can install the x64 Components addon on top of the 32-bit installation.
This program is 100% free. Thanks, Sharky.