A bundle of multimedia codecs for Windows
K-Lite Codec Pack
K-Lite Codec Pack for Windows is a suite of audio and video codecs that allows the operating system software to play a massive number of multimedia formats that the OS doesn’t usually support. It also includes various related extra tools in the form of tweaks and options to further boost the viewing and listening experience.
Easier media playing
Codecs are computer programs that encode or decode videos, and different codecs work with various video formats. Your PC may require you to download a codec if you try to play a video format it cannot support. High-quality movies could be encoded in formats that your OS doesn’t support natively. K-Lite is the solution to that problem.
When you take a codec pack, you get a software bundle to facilitate the process so you wouldn’t have to find each individually.
Today’s programme, K-Lite Codec Pack, is a collection of codecs, tools, and some extra filters provided by DirectShow. These serve as players for your audio and video, designed for playing all your files in a user-friendly manner.
It covers all popular and even some rare video formats, using tried-and-tested codecs to make the programme 100% safe to use.
How K-Lite Codec Pack works
Once you download the file, the smart installer will launch and automatically adapt to your version of Windows. Note that it supports all versions of this operating system, starting with Windows XP from 2003.
Once you install this software, it will upgrade the media capabilities of your system to enable it to play a range of formats using high-performing audio and video codecs. It will also not install any codecs already existing on your computer.
During the installation and setup procedures, you may choose to install only some of the codecs from the pack or the entire thing. Here, you may also remove any broken codecs pre-installed on your PC for better overall software performance.
You may also select the advanced setup, which enables you to take advantage of tweaks such as multiple surround-sound settings, HDMI, and S/PDIF audio pass-throughs. Plus, the installer will find and remove obsolete and broken codecs during the process.
This software supports playback of various file formats, from AV to Msepack. After decryption, it also runs DVD and Blu-ray.
Apart from the filters itself, you’ll find a variety of options for tweaking and extras. When you play your audio or video of choice, this pack will offer you a range of features to enhance your experience.
You may add subtitles, browse your videos through thumbnails, associate files, and much more.
As this tool bundle comes in various versions, if you go for a more comprehensive pack, you may also get some video editing features, as well as audio and video processors.
Note that all versions of this programme are free, but there’s a trick about installing the latest versions. To update from one to another, you need to have already a version installed on your PC. In this case, you may get latest updates/ or the beta version of
Although the experience of using K-Lite can be a challenge to navigate at the beginning, this pack is quite flexible. It allows you to configure your decoders and splitters of choice, for example, in any of the available formats. It also works with various media players.
The interface comes in English and German. You shouldn’t have issues with it, because it integrates into your media players automatically. If you have any questions, though, you’ll find various K-Lite Codec Pack guides on their website to help you overcome your difficulties.
As of 27 October 2009, CNET reported a total of 1,074,578 downloads for K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 5.2 since its release date of 12 October 2009. User ratings gave it an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars, but it received only 87 reviews. Meanwhile, CNET reported only 122,552 downloads for K-Lite Codec Pack Full Edition 5.2 (released on the same date); however, it also received an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, albeit from only seven reviewers. No CNET editors had reviewed these products up until this time.
On the same date, Betanews Fileforum reported a rating of 4.7 out of 5, based on 2,346 votes for K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 5.2.0 and 9,416,511 downloads. Fileforum did not have an entry for K-Lite Codec Pack 5.2 Full.
In October 2009, Softpedia reported K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 5.2 and K-Lite Codec Pack 5.2 Update had been downloaded a combined total of 2,011,113 times after their release on 12 October 2009, and gave them a user rating of 4.4 out of 5 based on 2,281 votes. K-Lite Mega Codec Pack was chosen as a Softpedia Pick. Softpedia also reported K-Lite Codec Pack 5.2 Full, K-Lite Codec Pack Full 5.2 Update, and K-Lite Codec Pack 2.7 64-bit Edition have been downloaded a combined total of 1,452,750 times up until this date, and have received a user rating of 4.3 out of 5 from 2,082 users. K-Lite Codec Pack Full 5.2 was also a Softpedia Pick.
Also in October 2009, SnapFiles also highly praised K-Lite Codec Pack Full edition, giving it five stars.