After installing a fresh copy of Windows 10 Technical Preview or a copy of Windows 10 for the general public, you might want to install a couple of additional tools. One of the essential tools for your system is a codec pack. In this article we’ll show you the best multimedia codecs for Windows 10 and how to install them.

Before we tell you where to find and download the latest codecs for Windows 10, we have to say that Windows 10 comes with a huge variety of codecs, so maybe there’s no need to install any additional ones. Windows 10 natively supports AMR, MPC, OFR, DIVX, MKA, APE, FLAC, EVO, FLV, M4B, MKV, OGG, OGV, OGM, RMVB and XVID formats, which can be loaded into Windows Media Player seamlessly.

Download codec packs for Windows 10

If you’ve never downloaded a codec pack on your computer, don’t worry, we’ve got your back. In this guide, we listed all the steps you need to follow in order to install codec packs on Windows 10. And now, let’s see what are the safest codec pack sources that you can use.

Use Shark007

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But if you accidentally deleted some of your codecs files or you want to add some more codecs to your system, you can download a full codecs pack from Shark007. This site is one of the most reliable and most popular source of codecs that has been online for a very long period of time. And it provides all sorts of audio and video codecs for Windows users.

Use K-Lite Codec Pack

Of course there’s another popular source of codecs, K-Lite Codec Pack. K-Lite updates its codec pack on the regular basis, so it will feature all necessary codecs for watching movies or listening to music in Windows 10.

Installing codecs in Windows 10 is as simple as on older versions of Windows. You just have to decide whether you want to use codecs from Shark007 or K-Lite Codec Pack, download it and let the installer do everything for you.

Download Windows Media Player Codec Pack

Many Windows 10 users download codec packs for Windows Media Player. With the help of these packs, they can run new video format files on their player. One of the most popular codec packs for the Media Player is the one that allows users to play AVI files more smoothly.

As a quick reminder, Microsoft doesn’t offer support for AVI codec in the Windows Media Player. For this reason, you need to install the codec from a third-party source. For more information on how to install the AVI codec pack for Windows Media Player, you can use this step-by-step guide.

Codecs are very important part of every system, because without them, you won’t be able to perform any multimedia tasks, like watching movies, or listening to music, and usability of your computer for entertainment will be reduced.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2015 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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